Despite the increase in armed robberies and the outcry about
gun crime, only five members of the public turned up at the George Town
district meeting Tuesday night.
In the first amnesty meeting, held at the Mary Miller
Memorial Hall, the five residents eagerly listened to the panel and contributed
to the discussion – but even they were dumbfounded by the lack of interest
shown in relation to this critical issue by others within their community.
“There could be many reasons why people couldn’t come out
tonight,” said Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden. “ But I think it’s fair
to say that we were all very disappointed by the low turnout.
“Where were all the people who make comment in the blogs or
on the talk shows; where were the people who push day in and day out for the
RCIPS to find solutions to the gun crime issues?
“We have said time and time again that the RCIPS cannot do
this alone. We need to work with the community, we need buy-in and support from
“I would encourage anyone who has an interest in keeping
Cayman safe to come along to one of the remaining meetings.
“Finally, I would like to personally thank the five
community- minded people who made the effort to come along tonight to share
their concerns and discuss the way forward. They are all committed to working
with us – it’s a start but we need much, much more!”
The panel, Mr. Bodden, Supt. Kurt Walton, CI Frank Owens and
Mr. Michael Myles, the At Risk coordinator from the Department of Education,
discussed issues such as the evolution of gun crime, youth intervention, Cayman
culture versus gun crime and gun issues specific to the George Town area.
The remaining meetings will be held at:
Wednesday, 6 July, 7.30-8.30pm Sir John A Cumber PS, West
Thursday, 7 July, 7.30-8.30pm Webster Memorial Hall, Bodden
Monday, 11 July, 7.30-8.30pm Civic Centre, East End
Tuesday, 12 July, 7.30-8.30pm Cradock Ebanks Civic Centre,
Wednesday, 13 July, 7.30-8.30pm Layman Scott High School
Hall, Cayman Brac
Thursday, 14 July, 7.30-8.30pm Hurricane Shelter, Little