Editorial for 25 November: We’re throttled by apathy in CI

Apathy.

It’s rife in our country.

And a prime example is the public survey conducted by the Royal Cayman
Islands Police Service last year.

The Caymanian Compass got a copy of the survey under the Freedom of
Information law.

While the results of the survey aren’t especially good for the police
service, we have to question the results because so few people responded.

There are close to 60,000 people residing in the Cayman Islands; only
282 people responded to the police survey.

We hear much complaint about our police department on a daily basis
through radio talk shows, letters to the editor of this newspaper and the Marl
Road.

But when given an opportunity to let the police service know exactly
what they think of the department, the majority of the people in the Cayman
Islands kept quiet.

So, it’s kind of like voting.

If you didn’t exercise your right to vote (for those who do have that
right), you have no permission to complain.

Everyone had a chance to voice their opinion about the Royal Cayman
Islands Police Service in the survey. For whatever reason, most chose not to
participate.

It’s a common problem in the Cayman Islands; people express their
dissatisfaction about an issue, but don’t put their hand up to help come up
with a solution.

The police service has to be commended for putting itself out there to
be surveyed about its efforts in reducing crime.

The results aren’t favourable.

But we have to wonder if more people had paid attention, what would the
result of the survey been.

The lack of survey respondents is just another bit of evidence of the
apathy that has gripped the Cayman.

If we don’t stand up and do something about the wrongs we see in our
communities, then we have no one to blame but ourselves for the errors in our
society.

 

 

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