Waterfront clean-up aims to clear out criminals

| 04/04/2014

(CNS): Police from George Town’s neighbourhood unit teamed up with the Recreations, Parks and Cemetery Unit clean-up crew at the capital’s waterfront this week to beautify the area and prevent criminal activity in the vicinity of the Fish Market. The objective behind the clean-up was twofold, Chief Inspector Howell, the District Commander for George Town, said, explaining it would make the area look more attractive, given how essential tourism is to the local economy and also deter criminal activities. She said that this particular area has been known to “harbour undesirables”, who drink booze as well as sell and use drugs there.

The cops and clean-up crew cut down trees and bush to remove the cover for dealers in the wake of contradictory proposals released by the Chamber of Commerce to pedestrianise downtown George Town, which include plans for more vegetation and natural shade.

Thepolice, however, always prefer open areas, where villains and those up to no good have nowhere to hide. As the capital of the islands, the police pointed to the importance of George Town and the need to do all that is necessary to keep the local people and visitors safe on a daily basis.

Howell urged everyone to play their part in securing the reputation of the Cayman Islands by reporting those who may be defacing properties within these areas, loitering or selling and using illegal drugs.

“We cannot be everywhere; therefore, we rely on you, the good citizens of this country, to assist us in policing these Islands,” CI Howell said, as she thanked the Department of Environmental Health for undertaking the project with the police as well as those who donated the paint and other equipment.

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This area was shameful for the amount of litter dropped where tourists visit every day. I noticed recently is was a lot cleaner, and the guys sitting on the wall were using a trash bag, so maybe they got some pride back from somewhere and remembered how beautiful Cayman can be if you don't have to imagine what's underneath the the plastic and glass that some nasty people think improves the landscape.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It boggles my mind that there are frequent reports of the police knowing about this and that, but yet, nothing is done to uphold the laws on a regular basis, not even when known where certain things take place and police could just kind of "roll in". If you know people are loittering, drinking, doing drugs and behaving unruly in a public place, why not arrest them/run them on a regular basis?

    Look at NS for example. It is well known that every Sunday evening between 5 and 7 plenty intoxicated people leave Rumpoint Beach and make their way home by car, speeding like manicas. Yet – you rarely ever see police out there towards Old Man Bay pulling them over, so this stretch is a race track every Sunday afternoon.  Once in a while someone may get pulled over, but why not have police presents there EVERY SINGLE Sunday????

  3. John says:

    Excuse my ignorance, I am new here from the states.  When you all are referring to drug use, are you speaking about ganja?  All I see is a spliff here or there.  I don't know if I have seen any drug use, or at least what they would call drugs in the states.  Are people in Cayman worried about marijuana?  If so, why? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Good point.  CNS, please define "drugs" in this article.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you better take your rose coloured glasses off….only a spliff here and there lmao, Cayman has the biggest drug problem and just check out the papers a few weeks ago….do you think that a shipment of cocaine didn't hit the Island already??? Just read a few weeks back.  People like you who are oblivious and blind to the truth is why the Island is in such a state it is in now

  4. Anonymous says:

    One of the few shady spots with local charm. Should have run a couple of drug stings there instead of tearing it up.

  5. Disappointed Citizen says:

    "The police, however, always prefer open areas, where villains and those up to no good have nowhere to hide."

    So what this is telling me is that the police would like Cayman to be even flatter with nothing to interfere with anything. I'm sorry, but you telling me that we should cut down all bushes and trees so that you don't have to get your lazy selves out of your cars and patrol areas?? That I find really ridiculous…do your jobs, you chose to be a cop, do it properly!

    • Anonymous says:

      Ignorance is bliss.  I'm not a cop and I understood exactly what she meant.  She did not mean chop down trees, only the underbrush that allows people to hide and not be seen while engaging in criminal activity. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    You seem not to notice the professional drug dealers …They dont look like bums

    that said the chamber mentioned to push out the beggers in there report about the waterfront

    Some of those beggars are professional beggars that get dressed up everyday and do it as a job they are polite and know all about the islands and its history

    I dont see much  between them and tour guides

    • Jah Dread says:

      Yow That property does not belong to Governmemt I and I grandfather tell I that that piece of property belongs to the owners of the building cross the road. Mind ya the RCIP could be trespassing wouldn't that be something else, check it out peeps.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ifthe polic could stay off their cell phone while working then maybe they would get some work done. I was at a function earlier this year and the police were there for traffic control. They did nothing stood in the parking lot chatting and texting on their phones. They need to weed out some of the trash that they have in the force and to set standards for them

  8. Just Askin' says:

    Did they ask to see copies of their Trade and Business licences while they were there?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Why are the POLICE running them !!!…..and not arresting  them. For God's sake.

  10. Anonymous says:

    how about a permanent police presence, no one walks the beat anymore or what?

    • Anonymous says:

      Some RCIP used to ride bicycles. Can't remember when I last saw a cop on a bike or on foot for that matter. I guess webcams do the walking now? What a cushy gig it must be to ride around in a four wheeled, air conditioned, internet and mobile enabled cocoon all day. Too bad some new recruits can't be trained up as deep cover sting operatives, since that opportunity fizzled with their photos being splashed all over the media.

      • Hancock says:

        I tink the bikes got stole and rest in pice with dem Wheel Chairs that went walk about from the Ospital.

      • Anonymous says:

        What webcams????? Another waste of our hard earned money….

  11. Anonymous says:

    When are they going to do something with the Bodden Town Public Beach?  Remove the loofers ASAP and rid the district of undesirables, drug pushers, users and lazy nusiances.  The Coe Wood Beach was not developed to be used as such.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ossie is too busy checking out dumps in Florida to even look in his own back yard!

      • Anonymous says:

        The useless Police should do their job, and remove loofers from the beach.  They are there 24/7, so they are loitering, not working, so what is the solution?  

        The politicians have enough government problems to keep them occupied.  The police are there to carry out their duties, policing.

  12. Anonymous says:

    If you know for sure drugs are being sold and used the RCIPS SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING LONG AGO.  The good people of the Cayman Islands cannot police the islands, we don't have any rights to protect ourselves, how dare you tell us to assist policing these islands.  I don't get a police salary.  The minute I tell the police someone is selling drugs, funny the drug user will know….and don't deny this this is a known fact..so do your job like you are paid to do!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      29:47  I totally agree with you.  This drug activity is taking place in Bodden Town,  It is infested all over the Town.

      The Bodden Town Police cannot be trusted to tell anyhing to unless you do not value your life

      They  will  get you killed, and he commissiooner need to move them, to central.  Move them all except the chief.

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Another area that needs attentiin  is accross from Kurts Restaurant in northside. This is a brewing problem and no police presence there or in the eastern districts at all.

    • Anonymous says:

      DISCLAIMER "I AM IN NO WAY STANDING UP FOR THE COPS"

      There are not enough cops on this island to do everything, there are not enough cops in any country to do everything and have to rely on citizens to help out and report anything. This does not mean they are tell us to do their job but we are all apart of this community and sometimes if we want something done we have to speak up. I am not saying they always listen, cause half the time we can not rely on them for anything but at least you can say you didyour part in your community. #justsaying

      • Anonymous says:

        And I agree, but unfortunately I reported a crime to the police a very serious crime and guess what the people I called on knew I called the police and threatened my family, so hence, sorry I will never speak up anymore and I would advise everyone else not to do so

    • Anonymous says:

      I honestly believe that drug use and tolerance of drug use are a part of the 'CULTURE'  that we as residents,visitors and paper caymanians are expected to respect. 

    • dr kananga says:

      I won't do anything for the community, it is someone else's problem, I need paying and I might be 50 per cent proficient ………welcome to Caymankind.