Churches pay tribute to local police officers

| 15/12/2010

(CNS): Five Church of God Chapel congregations in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac held appreciation services for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service last month to say thank you for the valuable service and “the dedication to sometimes a dangerous, and often a thankless job” the churches said. Each of the pastors encouraged the police men and women attending the various services to continue to uphold high standards and do their job. A strong word of encouragement was sent to the police that the church is in partnership with them in their fight against crime.

“Together with God’s help we can see the present situation turn around,” the church officials said in a release. “It is hoped that this public display of appreciation will cause others to be more appreciative and more supportive of the work of the men and women who put their lives on the line on a regular basis to protect us and our property and to become real partners with the RCIP.”

The members of the RCIP and their families were treated to a meal provided by the churches. Commissioner David Baines expressed his thanks to the church for its appreciation of the RCIPS officers.

“Often it is the mistakes that are commented upon but the pastors in each church were able to recognize and thank officers for their services to the communities,” he said. “Those of us who attended the event left the services with heads high and a lighter step.”

The Chairman of the General Assembly of the Church of God Chapel, Mario Ebanks said the church wanted to send the message to the police and to the community in general that the congregations appreciate “our first responders” and protectors. “I trust that this event has been a strong encouragement to and motivation for the members of the force,” Ebanks added.


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  1. Crabsinabucket says:

    So why wasn’t a politician in the photo op? After all, the MLAs, the RCIP and the pastors operate as a "Holy Trinity"…… wholly dedicated to ignoring the breakdown of law and order in our little land.


  2. Anonymous says:

    "Together with god’s help. . . . .".

    Who the XXXX is that ?     Wake up and see there are only good and bad people.

    This kind of mentality has brought this place down and kept us 100 years behind the rest of the world.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Okay, I was waiting for you all to go first on this one. I said it once and I’ll say it again. In regard to the crime Commissioner had once said we just have to get used to the fact that things won’t be the same anymore. So I say again the model of any successful person is the factthat they refuse to accept the odds no matter what. The more people who tell you it can’t be done to harder you push back until you have proven to yourself and everyone else that people are indeed capable of extra ordinary accomplishments. This is what makes a person successful. The Commissioner had set the standards low right out of the box making a statement of defeat. He doesn’t have it in him and this isn’t his personal fight. It takes a Patriot, a true Caymanian born of this soil with Love of country to lead the police and take back what his forefathers worked so hard for. It is a personal fight to clean up the mess of failed or no policies that our government has helped create. If we have gotten to the point where there is no one I have described, because we have just become so utterly complacenet that real talent as usal gravitates to the private sectors (money). Then… we need to hire hard hitters who are armed professional cops with moles on the street. The Judiciary system needs a wake up call too. If you are lucky enough to have one of these rotten fishes come your way and the evidence is there make sure you give them the proper sentance. Stop disparaging the efforts of the people who are instrumental in bringing these people to you. No one in the public whether for money (moles) or sense of duty (us) wants to hand the police information if it will be leaked and they then have to live with these people in thier neighborhood becuase the conviction didn’t stick. Stop being soft on crime. It’s not your job to be compassionate. Your not a social worker. You should be there as a deterrant so please act like it.

    The politicians can’t be counted on for anything. They will say what the say and do what they do for votes. They do not know whether they are coming or going. Not just here but everywhere. We need to ignore them and let that game continue on the way it has for centuries. The future of this country needs to be secure. We need to have 0 tolerance on crime. Most people when times get tough don’t resort to beating old people and stealing charity money. That excuse isn’t valid. No one is going to die of starvation in the Cayman Islands like they do in Ethiopia so when you think you hit bottom in fact there really is further to go.

    • mary Had a Little Lamb says:

      I am still trying to figure out why is it that these Caymanian Pastors and clergy like our legislators HAVE NOT A CLUE WHAT THEIR JOB DESCRIPTION REALLY IS! People would you please take a look at my notes on their appraisal that reflects their performance:-

      1.  In light of all the crime. No pastor is offering solutions or to even adopt some of these criminals from the justice system for rehabilitation and mentoring.

      2. The joblessness is another issue that is ignored and ministers remain al too quiet on this one. But yet the offering plate is circulated every Sunday morning looking for the Tithes and offerings, Yes Big bucks is more of a priority than jobs for our people.

      3. None of the clergy is standing up to the legislators in the awful decisions they are making against our people and against the natural resources of the country XXXXXX

      4. Most of Cayman’s local pastors are educated enough and has the necessary organizational resources as businessmen to come together as the Ministers Association and brainstorm solutions to the joblessness amongst Caymanians. The problem is THEY JUST DO NOT CARE. ALL THEY WANT IS ‘ YOUR MONEY AND MINE!"

  4. Anonymouse says:

    I suppose this explains the Churches silence on the crime situation. They really believe that the RCIPS is effective in dealing with our crime.

    After this I doubt that I can have the confidence to believe anything my Pastor says in church, so I will be spending my sundays at the Beach and saving the money I put in the collection plates for better use. I could never put money in the Church again knowing that it will be used to pay for awards to non.functioning entities such as the RCIPS.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great job commissioner,good to see you are sticking to what you do best. When can we expect to see some real leadership in the RCIPS along with some real decrease in the crime wave that is hitting this beautiful island.

  6. dudley says:

    I honestly think the Commissinor is here on a working vacation… with all the Crimes that have been occuring robbing old people, bank robberies etc you really have not heard or seen him, but here he is  having a Nice Public Relations moment.