WB police proactive in schools, on streets

| 28/01/2009

(CNS): Proactive policing in West Bay led to the arrest of nine persons for various offences between 23 and 25 January. Meanwhile, police report that officers from West Bay Police station continued their community outreach with a visit to John A Cumber Primary School on 21 and 22 January to teach children about the effects and consequences of bullying as well as the importance of recognizing appropriate and inappropriate contact with others (good touch/bad touch).

Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell , who delivered the presentations to students with Sergeant Dausea Scott, said, “We wanted to raise the children’s awareness of inappropriate touching and discussed what effect it could have on them and how they should respond if they feel uncomfortable about the way they are touched. We also wanted them to be aware of the negative impact bullying has for the victim as well as the perpetrator.”

“The presentations were interactive with many of the children taking great interest in the discussions by asking questions and sharing their views,” added CI Howell. “These young minds are at the perfect stage to be influenced, either for good or bad, and we are very determined to do our part to ensure they are informed of what the law says about various types of behaviour.”

CI Howell said the talks are the beginning of a series of events planned for the year targeting young people within the district of West Bay. She encouraged other schools and church groups to contact the West Bay Police Station on 949 3999,or speak to a Neighbourhood Police Officer, to arrange for the presentations to be delivered to their young people.

Commenting on the arrests, CI Howell said, “We want the law abiding citizens of West Bay to know that their local police are working for them. We are relentless in our efforts to stamp out crime in the district and criminals in our community should be concerned.”

Most of those arrested were bailed and include: a 28-year-old man arrested on a warrant; a 28-year-old man arrested for Assault ABH; a 33-year-old man arrested for DUI; a 33-year-old male arrested for possession of ganja and consumption of control drugs; a 25-year-old female arrested for possession of ganja and consumption of a control drug; a 43-year-old man arrested for threatening violence; a 20-year-old man arrested for consumption of a control drug; a 32-year-old man arrested for disorderly conduct and failing to give his name and address to an officer when required to do so.

Also arrested during this period was 32-year-old Shane Dominique Bodden, who was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cocaine and possession of ganja. Bodden was subsequently charged with those offences and was taken before the Court Wednesday, 28 January. He remains in police custody.

CI Howell reminded members of the community to work with the police in reducing crime by being vigilant and reporting suspicious behaviour, even if they are not sure that a crime is being committed.

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 personscalling 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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