Gangbuster heads for Cayman

As Jon Murphy, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, wings his way to the Cayman Islands to help fight crime, he is well aware of gang culture, learned in his own backyard. 

There are many similarities between Cayman and Merseyside, with recent carbon copy incidents in both areas. 

Only last weekend there were a number of armed robberies and attempted armed robberies on his patch in North West England. 

And like Cayman crime, detectives there believe the robberies may be linked and police are urging the public to come forward. 

Only recently the Liverpool gangs used Facebook to show off machine guns and pistols. Caymanian gangs have used the same method to “show off”. 

The site also included photos of what appears to be a pump action shotgun and a machine pistol. 

A Facebook page attributed to the Snich Crew features a photograph of a masked man on a city street pointing a double-barrelled shotgun at the camera. Rival gangs have also used Facebook to upload photographs of weapons, abuse each other and make derogatory comments about “snitches” and Merseyside police’s anti-gun and gang unit. 

Mr. Murphy has a significant amount of experience in policing, having begun his career in the force in 1975. He worked his way up through the ranks. His CV includes head of operations at the National Crime Squad and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ National coordinator of Serious and Organised Crime. 

He comes to Cayman to speak to local police officers and give his thoughts and advice on the Island’s crime situation. There will also be a team of 16 lawmen from the Liverpool area to help with investigations and detection work.  

From the day he took over the post, in February 2010, Chief Constable Murphy always had gun crime on his mind. 

He said then: “Gun crime and serious organised crime will clearly remain a priority, but it is vital that we work with communities to identify local policing priorities and deliver these priorities within our neighbourhoods. Issues such as anti-social behaviour greatly affect people’s quality of life and it is therefore important that, working together with our partner organisations and communities, we tackle them.  

“Very few officers have the honour of becoming chief constable in the force area in which they were born, began their career and worked up through the ranks. I am looking forward to the challenge of leading Merseyside Police.  

“Merseyside has seen a continuing fall in crime over the last four years and I am dedicated to continuing that fight against crime, making the streets of Merseyside a safe place to live, work and visit. Gun crime and serious organised crime will clearly remain a priority but it is vital that we work with communities to identify local policing priorities and deliver these priorities within our neighbourhoods. Issues such as anti-social behaviour greatly affect people’s quality of life and it is therefore important that, working together with our partner organisations and communities, we tackle them.  

“I want the people of Merseyside to continue to have confidence in the work we do. The public should trust us and feel that officers are approachable on any issue. I will be encouraging all my officers to speak to the public when they are out and about on their patrols to help them understand their concerns and resolve any issues. I am determined that people should not only speak to a police officer if they have had a crime committed against them.” 

The recent armed robberies and attempted armed robberies on Merseyside happened on the evenings of Sunday, 25 September, and Monday, 26 September, 2011. Officers believe that the incidents may be linked and are urging members of the public to come forward if they have seen anything which could help them find the offenders. 

Detective Superintendent Graham Yip, said: “We believe that the first two robberies and the three attempted armed robberies could be linked and I would urge anyone who may have any information which could lead to the arrest of this man to come forward. 

“All of the victims involved in these incidents were traumatised by their ordeal and we are determined to find the person responsible and put him behind bars.” 

Jon Murphy

Mr. Murphy
Liverpool Echo


  1. All the UK top cops can’t take credit for the crime dedication can they?

    Pledging its support to Mr Hogan-Howe, the paper notes that: As Merseyside chief constable, he cut crime by 40 per cent. He promises similar action to clean up London.

  2. Whilst it’s good that finally RCIPS has realized they are not equipped to deal with all this crime, they should not be enlisting the help from police in England. British Cops don’t even carry guns! The USA has a LOT more experience and expertise in dealing with gangs. Many cities have Guns and Gangs Squads dealing specifically with the problem. Bringing in one lonely cop from England is not the answer. Better than nothing, but don’t you guys get how serious our problems are here???

  3. Lovely, what was the solution to this problem? Has it worked in Merseyside? If he is so good at his job why did the gang culture get to the point it got to in Merseyside?
    Is he going to come here and tell us that we have a similar problem to Merseyside, where he did nothing to stop the problem from escalating? The wrong solution is being applied to this problem. But lets pay yet ANOTHER UK copper to have a warm winter in Cayman. Maybe we should buy him a nice rubber ducky inner tube for him to wear while on SMB like the last lot Specialists we had here from the UK or maybe he will choose to have an affair with a local girl as his choice of Island fun. Anyone, other than me feel like these guys are having a laugh at our expense?

  4. We all know ,dont we that the present Senior English officers will rather bring their own into Cayman than officers from anywhere. It is about networking. I came over and then call my friends who I probably served with in the UK or we could be mates from Police School days so I tell my friends and invite them to apply. Come buddy ,come and enjoy the sea nd sun and happy hour on Fridays. Who want any American cops anyway? This territory is Brtish. I don’t expect to see any experts from anywhere but UK in the foreseeable future.

  5. Missy

    This UK cop ‘old boy’ network is not only laughing at you; they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

    Until your politicians, press and general public says ‘enough’ you will be paying them to continue to laugh at you.

    But hold on…! Your Governor must be laughing at you as well.

    After all, your CoP is his responsibility and if the ‘bad boys’ are kicking his behind so badly and laughing at him, then your Governor must be part of the ‘old boys network’…

    Who’s laughing at you, all the way to the bank !

    Oh well, siigghhh !

    At least your Commissioner of Police is being paid well to have his butt being properly kicked by Cayman’s ‘bad boys’.

  6. Im sure this guy means well . The locals who invited him mean well . Absolutely . Until we get TOUGH and come down HARD on these thugs who seem to have no appreciation for life and their fellow man … we can expect the gangs to laugh and smile.

    The US is not the answer . I still live in Florida . Our hillbilly cops mostly RUN from trouble but ride around in their SWAT trucks flirting w/ the youngest gals in town. They always seem to avoid the trouble areas but you will find them all day long in the NICe neighborhoods in the McDonalds parking lots when high school gets out .

    FIX the problem yourself Cayman leaders . If a few gang leaders DISAPPEAR … ( Im serious … the rest may want to pick up a book and think about getting a job . If not … help a few more disappear . Its easy enough and you’ll most likely save a few lives and help save some young kids from becoming drug users .

  7. I’m sad to know that this is the only plan the powers that be have to deal with this disease that’s plaging society. Bringing in foreigners does not work – ask trinidad and jamaica.
    My opinion is that we have a social disease that did not start yesterday or last month or last year but has been evolving. This can only be stopped in time if we take measures now to fix society. When we have a disobedient child in a family, it’s not the family that failed; it’s the community or society that failed. Spare the rod and spoil the child…

  8. I would like to know, how many local Mickey Mouse cops have familly members or friends affiliated with our gangs…

    This whole story about bringing in a UK cop, is more about public perception rather than to actually find a solution.

    and second, i would also like to know (i know of one) how many UK cops are told to put the file back in the cabinet, nothing to see here… when they investigate crimes and get too close to a fello cop’s or high ranking member of society’s familly member ?

    last: the guy bringing in the guns and drugs probably has connections within immigrations/customs/law inforcement, they look the other way while the ship sails in and out !

    bring in the RCMP.

  9. Surely it is obvious to most of those commenting on this site that Mr Murphy is coming to survey, think and advise; and that he has had more experience dealing with gangs than you gung-ho commenters? Perhaps you could join the Police Service or encourage suitable relatives and friends to do so – you can’t go on expecting someone else to do your dirty work for ever.

  10. You obviously don’t live in Florida, just by your statements any reader can see that.

    SWAT doesn’t ride around in any trucks, they go out on specific missions.

    Finally, Caymanians should have their own police, what country wants the motherland or foreigners running their police force? Just think of that, a constant foreign presence? I believe Caymanians could effectively police themselves if proper training was provided to them. When will Britain get over itself and stop trying to keep the natives from getting restless? What good did they do for Jamaica or Trinidad? Left those countries in great shape? What about TCI? Again, great shape right?

  11. Caymanexpat you are so right. I too know of a few individuals who were told not to proceed further with an investigation when they got too close. They know where the guns and drugs are coming in from but their hands are tied.

    I know I will get slated for this but Caymanians are unable / unwilling to police themselves.

    No one wants to turn in a loved one – we get that but you are enabling them and ultimately participating by standing by saying nothing and watching your beloved country go down the toilet.

  12. It angers me to read half the comments listed here as it shows that most of you have not even read the article!! It is not ONE person coming – go back, look again, he is coming with 16 officers to help our officers with their investigations!
    Secondly, the divide you create with Officers from the UK, Expat officers and chatting about inviting friends of friends of friends for jobs is shocking. As many expats that come here FOR WORK, there are equally as many Caymanians in the UK getting benefits and cheap/free housing and discounted college fees. Most people come here to WORK, it may surprise you but its true, and they work damn hard.
    Its hard enough living in an island where gangs cause separatist attitudes, but by making it ‘Expat’ versus ‘Local’ only makes things harder. Its time to grow up and support a police force that is looking for your help, no matter where they have come from – show a united front against these parasite gangs!!
    At the end of the day, we live in a multicultural world and what some of the comments below appear to be is racism at its best. Lets unite and solve the gang problem before there is nothing left of this beautiful island of Cayman.

  13. Promises of 4o%?

    Then is he going to look the other way from the 60% crime remaining that’s not good enough. Crime has already increased 500% within the past year.
    Promising a dent in gang crimes of only 40% is not good enough, this is an investment financial Leading Center of the world, and our second industry is Tourism. The citizens and visiting tourists can not afford to continue to read about us in the international Media, still held hostage to 60%.

    We need to let these experts know that we want top performance or none at all.

  14. Glo …. Your comment regarding SWAT is indeed foolish .

    SWAT DOES in fact drive around showing off the new vehicles they purchased with TAXPAYER dollars .

    Ive seen the shiny ( never used to fight crime trucks ALL OVER MY COUNTY …. especially … NO KIDDING the DUNKIN DONUT !!!!!!! They have shows all the time to let the citizens know we are safe . Its a crock . Trouble areas ??? they run … see some old lady w/ an expired tag or Babe in a cute car ??? Yep … they cant pull them over fast enough to HELP and of course ticket and raise more revenue to fight crime right ??? LMAO

    Im stuck in FLorida for ONE MORE year then I plan to move to Cayman and build a nice life . You have so many great things going for you I just hope you clean up the gangs and punks who seem fearless about robbing anyplace or anyone for a few bucks .

    Seriously … I hope you help a few disappear . I promise you it will get the attention of the followers . You dont even have to kill them . Let them wake up on some deserted remote Island w/ a bag of chips and a knife and see who they rob at that point . Maybe they’ll grow up .

  15. It had to get to the current most intolerable level of crime before the move was made to bring in the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police to see what he can do about the situation. The fact is that crime has been allowed to escalate over the years with only bandaid attempts to stem it.

    Residents have suffered far too long without the right methods that could be deployed to halt the progression of criminal activity on the island.

    Hopefully this latest move will definitely have positive results. We will wait and see what happens eventually. Good luck to the Chief Constable and those involved in the process.

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