More than a quarter of respondents to a cayCompass.com online poll have given the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service a failing grade for its performance during the past year.
Of the 574 people who voted in the poll, 150, or 26.1 per cent, said they would give the police a failing grade, while 167, or 29.1 per cent, gave the police a poor grade.
Only 4.2 per cent of respondents, or 24 people, gave the police an “excellent” grade. Another 77 people, or 13.4 per cent, felt police deserved a “good” grade for their work during the previous 12 months.
Nearly a quarter of those who took part in the poll, or 138 people, thought police had performed “fair”. Eighteen people, or 3.2 per cent, responded “I don’t know”.
One respondent who was impressed with the police’s performance said: “Despite poor support from the general public, they do an excellent job.”
Few of those who gave police an excellent grade posted corresponding comments praising the police, but those who gave a failing or poor grade were very vocal in their criticism.
“The one or two good ones can’t make up for the many incompetent and unprofessional ones,” wrote one respondent.
Another wrote: “With an arrogant commissioner, clear signs of infighting and plain and simple incompetence, the RCIPS have their work cut out for them in order to gain the public’s confidence.”
A person who said he or she had been robbed, wrote the following: “I was the victim of a robbery last year and was totally not impressed with the police handling of the matter.”
Another poll respondent criticised the police’s investigation and road block methods. “Firstly, a bloody fingerprint at the scene of a murder and still a verdict of not guilty. Secondly, you line us up through road blocks to check our license stickers, but don’t even ask us to roll down our windows to see if we’ve been drinking. You already have the road blocks, why not use them to make our roads safer? I think the word lazy comes to mind.”
Another who chose a failing grade simply wrote: “Terrible, terrible, terrible.”
One reader said he or she was torn between choosing fair and poor, but opted for fair in the end, writing: “Sometimes they do a great job, but it very much depends on who you get. This can mean the difference between excellent service and rubbish. A pity there isn’t more consistency really!”
Another reader who gave a good mark had something similar to say. “It isn’t possible to group the RCIPS as a whole as some units do exceptional work and others seem to only be collecting pay cheques.”
A respondent who also gave the police a good mark remarked: “In all fairness, we should all be proud of the police service we have on this island.”
Another person who felt the police were doing a good job wrote: “Target West Bay shootings!”
One reader responded that he or she did not know what kind of grade to give the police, writing: “The media only ever shows the extremes, either we here about them doing an amazing job, or them messing up big time. Few people really know how they perform on a daily basis.”
A disgruntled respondent who gave the police a poor grade described why. “A member of my family was hit by a hit-and-run driver in December. We asked the police to contact the businesses in the area to see if the car could be identified. Three days later, I called to enquire if this had been done. Response – “Oh, sorry, ma’am, we forgot.” My response – “you are worthless!”. My feelings remain that way because to date – three months later, not a thing has been done to try to locate the driver.”
The disappearances of Nathan Clarke, Anna Evans and Kerran Baker during the past year led one reader, who gave the police a poor grade, to write: “Three missing persons and no convictions, a big “0” that in itself is very suspicious. Is the abductor a former RCIPS gone rogue or a serial killer in our midst? Why not set a trap for this criminal and catch him? How much intelligence do you need to set a trap in a remote area with a pretty missy for him to abduct, then you zoom in on him?”
Another respondent wrote: “The police here are unbelievably useless. Good luck getting to them to even respond on a timely basis, let alone ever solve a crime. It’s really embarassing.”
Next week’s poll question
Who should be fingerprinted under the government’s new policy?
Only work permit holders
Work permit holders and non-Caymanian permanent residents
Anyone who lives in the Cayman Islands, including Caymanians
Everyone, including tourists