Cops tackling cause of crime

| 24/06/2009

(CNS): In an effort to help address one of the causes of crime – unemployment — the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is teaming up the Department of Employment Relations to host a jobseekers workshop. The joint initiative has been designed to help people into work instead of crime, and will cover areas such as effective methods of job searching, resume and letter writing, interview skills and appropriate attire, and behaviour for the workplace.

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, Area Commander for West Bay, explained that the move comes as part of the police’s efforts to address all areas of crime, from prevention right through to detection. The workshop has been designed for job seekers and business owners who could be on the look out for new talent.

“It has become clear that there is a real concern around employment and the problems people can encounter when seeking work,” said Howell. “We want to do as much as we can to help people secure permanent employment and we hope as many people as possible will attend the workshop.”

The workshop which is free and open to everyone especially job seekers and business owners looking for talent will take place between 4pm and 7pm at the John A Cumber Primary School Hall on 11 July and will be administered by the Department of Employment Relations.

“We must all look to address the underlying causes of crime,” said Jean Solomon, Employment Development Outreach Coordinator. “Sustained employment is key to people leading crime-free lives and we hope our workshop will assist people who may either be having difficulty finding work or those who need some extra confidence when it comes to job seeking.”

Solomon added that she hoped young people would attend to find out how they can maximize their skills when it comes to job seeking and employment hunting.  “Entering the workplace can be daunting and the tips, advice and guidance that we can offer can be useful to those just starting out in the job market. We must also pool our resources together as a community and foster harmonious relationships to create a safe and crime-free environment,” she added.

Anyone wanting more information can contact Chief Inspector Howell at West Bay police station on 949-3999 or email Jean Solomon can be reached on 244-7005 or

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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