Poor turnout for police meeting

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
the community.

“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
Bay

Thursday, 7 July, 7.30-8.30pm Webster Memorial Hall, Bodden
Town

Monday, 11 July, 7.30-8.30pm Civic Centre, East End

Tuesday, 12 July, 7.30-8.30pm Cradock Ebanks Civic Centre,
North Side

Wednesday, 13 July, 7.30-8.30pm Layman Scott High School
Hall, Cayman Brac

Thursday, 14 July, 7.30-8.30pm Hurricane Shelter, Little
Cayman

1 COMMENT

  1. Perhaps the RCIPS leadership need to look at this from another angle..it is possible the poor turnout was a show of contempt by the public for the perceived poor performance of the RCIPS as of late….

  2. Maybe if the Commissioner himself turned out for these meetings more people might attend.

    Back in 2007/8 I attended RCIPS public meetings at which Stuart Kernohan and then David George were present – not only did plenty of people attend but they didn’t hold back with their comments.

    There’s a message here if anyone wants to look for it.

  3. I wish the police the best of luck- but this article is correct that the police cannot do it alone. The community must let them know who has a gun, who has bragged about a recent score, who is selling tv’s that fell off the back of a truck, and who is planning a robbery- or has done one. We all benefit when we all cooperate.

  4. APATHY: Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.
    If the people are contemptuous of the RCIPS’ performance then they should have told them right to their faces!
    If the people wanted a safer island they should have been there with suggestions, which may or may not have been listened to.
    If the people didn’t want to talk to the RCIP, then at least they had a meeting place to talk to each other. Bring up the idea of Community Watch Programs (if things are tight, you can run, but you can’t hide) and how to implement them.
    Remember, neighbours aren’t just people who live beside each but who are actually concerned with each others wellbeing.
    If you feel the Police aren’t doing an adequate job then take it upon yourselves to straighten out your own areas.
    APATHY is the reason none of this happened.

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