Online Poll Most give RCIPS bad grades

More than 61 per cent of the 555 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll gave the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services either a poor or failing grade.

The largest segment of respondents – 177 people or 31.9 per cent – gave the RCIPS a failing grade.

“When the only thing you ever hear is witnesses are needed to come forth in order to solve crimes, then something is clearly lacking in the police service,” said one person.

“We have no confidence whatsoever in the RCIPS and are just thankful nothing in our personal lives has caused the need for them,” said someone else. “We are saddened by those who have been affected and hope that conditions do improve.”

“Kind gestures from the police have declined,” said another person. “We are not all criminals, yet we are treated the same.”

Another 166 people – 29.9 per cent – gave the police a poor grade.

“What strikes me most about the RCIPS is the almost unbelievable incompetency of many of the officers, including some that have risen in the ranks,” said one person.

“I know people like to embrace conspiracy theories when it comes to why the police can’t solve more crimes on such a small island, but I believe it can be chalked up to the most obvious answer: many of our police officers are utterly incompetent.”

“Slipshod with gathering evidence, elementary mistakes made, some officers need PR training,” said another respondent.

“I long for the days of Stuart Kernohan,” said someone else.

Almost a quarter of the respondents – 135 people or 24.3 per cent – gave the RCIPS a ‘fair’ grade.

“Everyone deserves a fair chance, but they could do a lot better,” said one person.

“The RCIPS is reactive to crime, not nearly proactive enough,” said someone else.

“So many times we have heard it said, ‘we cannot do it alone, we need the community to help’, and they are right,” said another person.

Fifty-three people – 9.6 per cent – gave the RCIPS a ‘good’ grade.

“Show me a country that has less crime than Cayman,” said one person.

“Overall rating around good to fair, as certain departments do try hard to raise the bar,” said another respondent.

“They focus on the wrong things,” said someone else. “Let’s raise some revenue via more traffic violation fines – there’s enough here to raise a roof.”

Only 15 people – 2.7 per cent – gave the RCIPS an ‘excellent’ grade.

“They are doing the best they can,” said one person. “If only the public will support them, they could be better than the best.”

Next week’s poll question

1 COMMENT

  1. Interestingly, someone says they long for the days of Stuart Kernohan…. He was a fine officer and what happened to him brings shame onto those responsible.

    I can see why so many are dissatisfied with the RCIPS and I know they are keen to raise their game but people must understand how difficult it is to effectively police such a small, close knit community. Yes, they do need (and ask for) the help of the public but the problem is that, in Cayman, family ties are strong and there will be occasions when the help that could be given is not forthcoming.

    The Caymanian people and those who live there for any length of time must come to terms with this and realise that unless THEY take action, the lifestyle you hanker for, that idyllic one from the past or a peaceful one in the future, will never materialise.

    The RCIPS needs to be fully assimilated into the community and not be apart from it. Only then will they begin to deal effectively with the issues of Cayman – by working WITH the public and not, as appears sometimes, against it.

    There are many people who wish you well but that is not enough. It is for you, your leaders and moral guardians, together with the RCIPS, to take the lead.

    The Beachbum

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