Group helps officers cope

A recent conference held by the police association on 31 May to assist in the education and welfare of officers saw a low number of officers turn out. 

Police Association Chairman Rudolph Gordon explained that the exercise was the first of its kind and pointed out why the undertaking was important. 

“We realise that police are human beings and have the same challenges as everyone else. The association ensures that our members are educated and have the tools to cope with everyday life, apart from normal police training. Our aim is to enhance family and work life and take a holistic approach to the officers’ wellbeing.” He said the training workshop would offer officers tools to empower themselves and be more effective officers. 

“Issues at home will be reflected in our interaction with citizens during the course of official duties. Some of the concerns we have as officers, such as the fact that crime is our responsibilty to control can create anxiety. Pension issues are also a concern. Some officers do not have full pension and those who do have full pension need to know if that will be adequate,” he continued. 

The Police Association was formed in 1994. There are 230 officers in the organisation out of the over 300 officers in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. No officers above the rank of superintendant are in the association. 

“Sometime the public see the police as superhuman. We are expected to answer every question and solve every problem. However, if we cannot balance work and family it is not good,” explained Mr. Gordon. 

Topics covered in the day-long seminar included finances, health and wellness, social issues and how to manage stress.  

Detective Sergeant Winsome Prendergast said the turnout was, unfortunately, low. 

“Unfortunately many police are not supportive of this kind of training and do not realize the importance of what it is. I do know the conference was well advertised internally.” 

Ms Prendergast added that the exercise was not mandatory and that she was meeting with Commissioner David Baines to see how it might be possible to get more officers to attend in the future. 

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From left are PC Roje Williams, Police Association Treasurer Betty Ebanks, Commisioner David Baines, Inspector Rudolph Gordon, Detective Sergeant Winsome Prendergast, Detective Constable Adrian Neblett, Police Constable Skeeter Robinson and Detective Constable Devon Bailey. – PHOTO:STUART WILSON
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5 COMMENTS

  1. Is it only me…or is there something drastically wrong with this picture.

    In the Royal CAYMAN Islands Police Service association slate of officers…I see ONE Caymanian face…a female officer I well recognise.

    Apart from the Commissioner, who is British…

    Every single other person there is a Jamaican national.

    Is this now refelctive of the membership of the RCIPS; I think that it is.

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  2. sometime the public see the police as superhuman.. expalined Mr. Gordon. I have heard many comments about the RCIPS, but being superhuman is not one of them. The last time I gave a statement to police I was appalled at the level of literacy. superhuman was not the word springing to mind.

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  3. Totally agree with comments by ‘fiery’…… just yesterday had a ‘passionate’ debate about foreigners here. She is Jamaican and of course will gladly try to convince me (smh and lmao!) that the Filipinos are really moving in and the ‘white’ people like the Canadians and English are in control. Really???

    During our conversation she tried the usual attempt to make me feel guilty for not agreeing that other foreigners were a problem, by stating it must be because I don’t like Jamaicans. There we have it folks. If you have an opinion about the obvious you are labeled racist, prejudice. Yet, when I go to Jamaica and speak to people who haven’t even been here the first thing they state is that Caymanians don’t like them. What more do people want is my question? I am well aware of the prejudices that exist here, even among our people, due to colour of the skin and social class….I am a good example. But the fact that some people are racist/prejudice should not be the basis of overlooking our need to monitor what’s happening to control and opportunities of these islands. Encouraging lack of control will not get rid of prejudiced attitudes.

    The persons directly in charge of affecting our lives on a daily basis, that is, enforcing the laws are mainly Jamaican. That is a fact. And for the most part ALL
    the Jamaicans I have met, known personally, worked with, have a deep negative view of the British (Caucasians in general). That doesn’t stop them from skillfully convincing foreigners that Caymanians are racist etc in order to keep other foreigners under their ‘influence’ as well.

    So yes something is wrong with this picture because I will always state, our national security should be staffed by locals first and the proportion of Jamaicans (based on birth/nationality) should be greater than Caymanians or British.

    The fact that they were not even at the conference may also be indicative of their attitude to training and improving their knowledge. Yet we the public are constantly asked to support more ‘resources’ (money and new positions for their friends and family who need secure employment in the CIG) when the most important resource should be the ‘labour resources’ and the willingness and ability to improve.

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