Editorial for July 7: Many ignoring gun crime issue

 The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has expressed its shock that just five people turned up to a public meeting on Tuesday night in George Town concerning this month’s gun amnesty and other crime issues.

 The various forms of media available on the Islands publicised this event – albeit over a long holiday weekend – so anyone paying attention would have known the meetings were being held.

 We can only assume there are two reasons for the low attendance: 1. lack of trust, 2. lack of interest.

 Lack of trust in the police is a problem that has plagued the Cayman Islands for many years.

 We at Cayman Free Press experienced first-hand these trust issues recently when one of our reporters went to ask the police questions surrounding the investigation of Premier McKeeva Bush. The rather detailed query occurred several weeks before the Compass reported the story.

 The day after the reporter went to the police with their questions our organisation received a phone call from Premier Bush asking whether a particular reporter – calling that reporter by name – was looking into the case.

 The public can trust us when we say that we fully understand their reluctance to approach the police with sensitive matters.

 What we cannot understand, however, is the apparent apathy or disinterest in illegal weapons and gun crime – especially after the shooting of a local brewery worker last week that cost the man an eye, and a slew of recent robberies of local businesses since the beginning of the year.

 Even if the police aren’t so good at keeping a secret, there is no reason why everyone in our small community should not be concerned with the crime issue and – at the very least – exercise an opportunity to learn more about it.  

 Our advice? Don’t let apathy rule the day. The RCIPS has a lot of work to do, to be sure. But if the community doesn’t care about illegal guns and gun crime, the police might feel justified in wondering why their officers should risk their lives bothering with it.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Our advice? Don’t let apathy rule the day. The RCIPS has a lot of work to do, to be sure. But if the community doesn’t care about illegal guns and gun crime, the police might feel justified in wondering why their officers should risk their lives bothering with it.

    Might feel justified in wondering why their officers should risk their lives bothering with it ?

    How about the fact that you’ve taken an oath sworn to uphold the law, protect the community and are being paid from the public coffers to stand by your committments ?

    The story related here in regards to the investigation of the reporter being leaked to the subject of the investigation only bears out what I’ve suspected for many years now…Cayman’s political leadership have their own links and direct contacts within the RCIPS that they use for their own purposes and conveniences, outside the legal avenues and proper chain of command.

    It then becomes very convenient for them to point fingers and responsibility at the Governor as being ultimately responsible for the police when, at times, they themselves are undermining his authority and control of the police force.

    This is an unspoken secret that must be the worst kept secret, at least amongst Caymanians; we’ve know this for many moons now.

    So, in spite of the urgency of the matter, you can’t really blame too many people for not turning up for meetings that take place year in, year out while the gun crime, murders, robberies et al are increasing alarmingly.

    The averge person will only spend time and energy on any activity that provides a satisfaction of return; that is human nature.

    Maybe if the RCIPS can actually convince Cayman’s public of the their competency, efficiency and ability to do the job they’re being paid to do, the confidence and support of the public will be forthcoming and…

    Learn that one of the key elements of police and security work is to…

    Keep their mouths shut with the information that is shared by the public and use it to solve crimes, not barter political favours.

  2. Maybe the RCIP finally need side arms.

    I would rather have happy to engage but trigger happy RCIP officers. With alot of dead bad guys.
    Than happy to rob, gun toting bad guys. That live to rob another day

  3. Well said, Firey. Cayman has a number of Jamaican Police that are very familiar of the crooked police practices common in our neighboring Jamaica. They can be utilized very well by a government that seeks counsel from Jamaican politicians. This is serious and could very well explain why we have so many guns on the streets and no King Pin reigned in. Who is behind this do we need another Operation Tempura to find out who is dealing guns? We need to know.We’ll gather at the Town Hall later after you have brought in this big fish.

    The public must be reminded that when power hungry politicians are determined to keep their power they don’t really Care what it cost. It is time for some high tech police officers from the US with no ties or interest to our political parties to be put in place to replace the UK police who are not able to solve crimes in this region. They need to come in and clean up Cayman. If you took note of the protest attempt on the sidewalk in from of the L.A. one week ago, there were certain Police used to remove the elderly that were seated on their sidewalk. As the sidewalk is owned by the public and not McKeeva Bush nor Mary Lawrence,the Speaker. It is in my opinion that Jamaican politics has reached the Cayman Islands along with the socioeconomic oppression and this can only be resolved by a revolution in the minds of the people to take hold of their democratic rights and freedoms and hold their ground. Otherwise the politicians, and their political party leaders of the day will continue to oppress them with their selfish policies of greed and run over the people and their children.

  4. As teenagers these days are prone to say, OMG! OMG! OMG!

    The Premier calls the Compass asking about one of their reporters doing an investigation on him, and this is only revealed weeks later as an aside about trust in the police?

    The reporter has my sympathy as it seems he is being pressured from both inside and out.

  5. I would be the first to praise the RCIP efforts in combating crime, but they need to work a lot more on their information security.. I know from my personal experience that reported information is leaked back to criminals. Also we need to know what happened to our two boats which was meant to stop guns reaching shore. In all conflicts the enemy has inside operatives and double agents who sabotage equipment and report back planned operations.. The arms of the RCIP internal affairs need to grow much longer and work harder internally before reaching out to the public for a manicure. I will be at my district meeting.

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