Traffic a key concern for eastern districts

| 01/12/2008

(CNS): A series of community meetings Bodden Town, East End and North Side as part of efforts by the RCIPS to engage with the community it serves, keep residents updated on policing matters and hear what issues are affecting the community,  were dominated by traffic issues despite a number violent incidents this year in those districts.

 

Area Commander Chief Inspector Richard Barrow said although some of the meetings were very well attended it would be welcoming to see more people come on out. “What was very welcoming during this round was the participation of other agencies such as the Youth Services Unit. We are very grateful for their support and our thanks are sent to them,” he added.

In Bodden Town, police said in a release that residents raised the recruitment of local officers and Barrow said that there are many Caymanian officers in senior positions within the RCIPS and that efforts to attract local applicants continue. One resident called for more interaction between officers and residents and highlighted the good example set by some current staff. Bodden Town MLA, Osbourne Bodden was in attendance and offered his support for the community meeting process which allows residents to voice their concerns. He also stated that he had personally seen an improvement in policing but continues to have concerns about the school zone speed limits being violated. He called for more focus on traffic issues and pledged his support to the police. A presentation was given by Lisa Charlton of the Youth Services Unit which outlined services available in the district and programmes that are on offer.

In East End, where only six members of the community attended, updates from police included the high level of traffic offences detected recently and the additional assets in the Marine Unitwhich will no doubt assist with tackling the arrival of drugs on our shores. Minister for Communication, Works and Infrastructure Arden McLean was in attendance and applauded the efforts of Neighbourhood Officer Treva McIntosh which, he said, is a testament to community involvement and a key component in the success of policing in East End. Residents asked for an increased police presence. Despite a number of violent incidents in the district this year, the residents did not ask about that situation or any details on the most recent stabbing which occurred following the district’s heritage day during Pirates Week.

In North Side a spate of recent break-ins at vacant homes in the district. Burglary prevention packs were handed out and crime prevention tips were given. The Neighbourhood Policing activity update included a poster and essay competition on road safety and drug awareness which was carried out at North Side Primary School. A presentation was also made by the Youth Services Unit which police said was very well received with a number of people offering to volunteer their time to assist with the development of young people in the district. Areas of concern included the use of Jet Ski’s close to the shoreline and residents called for more interaction with officers working in the district.

“Overall, we are very pleased with how the meetings went,” Barrow noted. “We can only know what the community are thinking if we get out and ask them, and if they come forward to tell us,” he said pledging that comments and concerns raised will be taken on board when looking at priorities for policing the Eastern Districts.

The next round of community meetings will be the Island-wide Commissioners meetings which are scheduled to take place in January, 2009. Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Twyla M Vargas says:

    MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

    I am surprised, that due to the fact that there were more questions than answers at this meeting in the Bodden Town district, none of the questions and answers from the public is seen in this report.  There were more questions than answers.  Where are they?

    Only the questions from MLA,s are  recorded, and the public attending the meetings RE  inclined to wonder if these meetings will now becomming a political meeting, if this is so, I would suggest to Bodden Town Top Cop to tread softly. 

    In the Same breath  Wendy you are doing a great job.

    CNS NOTE: Thank you very much for the support and it is worth noting that CNS was only able to make the East End meeting and not the others so the report is based on the information supplied by the RCIPS.We are doing are best to be in all places at once but we are not there yet however from the comment it is clear we need to be!