East End residents offered some pointed advice to the six Royal Cayman Islands police officers at a public meeting in the district this week.
“Know the people,” one woman suggested. “Get around and find out what’s going on.”
A local shopkeeper said an RCIPS community officer sometimes stops at her place, but other officers just drive through the district looking straight ahead. “You’re not mingling with the people and getting to know them. You need to build rapport.”
One man pointed out, “If someone sees police coming to your place, they suspect you’re telling them something. But if police came on a regular basis, they wouldn’t suspect.”
“We need to see you in the community a little more,” one man said. He described the stretch of Sea View Road from the Heritage Field to the cemetery as the district’s business area: “I haven’t seen a police officer any time this year.”
He suggested, “Come Friday night and Saturday night, 7 p.m. till 1 a.m.”
“Show up impromptu,” another man urged.
Police Superintendent Angelique Howell confirmed that the Bodden Town station will have a new sergeant as of March 2. She said the appointment would ease the temporary duties that one of the officers for East End/North Side had been asked to assume.
Some concerns involved the 911 emergency number.
One man related an incident in which a relative of his had called 911 because of an assault near her residence. She gave her address and the address where the assault was occurring. When police arrived, he said, they went to her address first, then to the address where the problem was, but no one answered.
Police Inspector Brad Ebanks, who is in charge of the eastern districts, pointed out that 911 operators are civilians and accepted there could be a communication problem.