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.”