Cop accused of buying numbers in GT store

| 25/07/2013

(CNS): The RCIPS has confirmed that the Professional Standards Unit is investigating an allegation of a police officer purchasing illegal numbers at a store in George Town. Sources tell CNS that a witness reportedly observed a white male officer from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in a shop buying illegal numbers on Thursday afternoon. The witness reportedly took note of the incident and copied down the officer’s license plate at the location, which is believed to be in the Smith Road area.  Although all forms of gambling are illegal in the Cayman Islands, the so-called numbers game, which is based on regional lotteries and sold ‘under the counter’ in many local shops acrossthe islands, is believed to be worth millions of dollars annually.

The police have refused to comment on the accusations which were reported to the RCIPS yesterday. "We can confirm that we have been made aware of the allegation and it has been passed to our Professional Standards Unit. It would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage," a police spokesperson said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What numbers played yesterday?

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the govt want to fix their $$$ problem, here is the answer (gambling)!

  3. Knot S Smart says:

    Maybe the poor cop was there to make sure that nobody was parked in the handicapped spot – and he just bought a ticket out of boredom?

  4. Anonymous says:

    gambling is not legal? oh yes that's right, only Raffles are legal.

  5. Anonymous says:

    so what !!!,, there  are proper crimes to solve

  6. Anonymous says:

    Numbers are sold at just about every supermarket at weekends.  Oh no, sorry thats raffle tickets

    Which apparently isnt gambling.  This isnt even news.  Numbers will never stop, better to divert efforts into solving real crimes

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, better to have those charged with upholding the laws of the land refrain from being petty criminals. 

  7. Burns Conolly AIA says:

    About 10 years ago the government set up a committee to look into the potential of a lottery in Cayman. I was asked to chair the committee.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    the stupidity and hypocrisy of cayman's gaming lawas highlighted yet again……

  9. Anonymous says:

    I hope he won. Legalize it

  10. Anonymous says:

    I Will Love To Hear The Day It's LEGAL In Our Islands!!


    Wake up Cayman, gambling is happening everyday on our Islands.

    Am sick of everywhere you turn it's someone try to sell you a raffle ticket.

    Come on ain't that gambling?????

    Well guys all I have to say keep up the good work by selling the Jamaica, Belize & Honduras numbers. As long as I have health and strength to work to earn two dollars and I feel like buying a number I will. Number winnings made/help me eat enough days and help me paid a feel bills that are left pending.

  11. Why says:

    Who cares? Why is numbers even illegal? Countries have a knack of making laws that just harm their own economy. You spend public money trying to keep gambling illegal when we could use it to our advantage. Make it legitimate so tourists would have another thing to come check Cayman for, just like Aruba and other SMART caribbean islands. Tell me, is it illegal because we are a "christian" island? Give me a break, all of unna, myself included are sinners, and dont act the least bit christian. Stop lying to yourselves and update ya dyam laws you old prudes.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am currently traveling overseas and just spent some money buying lottery tickets and wil be doing so until I return home to Cayman. Should I win, I am sure the cayman economy will benefit one way or another and then the money will be received into the economy with open arms. Why do we continue to support those hypocritical laws just because of some perverted hypocritical church folks who likely also buy lottery tickets when overseas if not illegally at home?


  12. Anonymous says:

    It's A Bunch Of Crap!!

    It's nothing wrong with selling the lottery in Cayman Islands, it's happening daily with all the raffling that happens thru out the Our Islands. When we look at it, it's the same dog puppy. Guys just you all go head and continue selling the numbers, enough days/week the money I win puts food, pay bills in household.

    I get pay @ the end of the month and trust me that's a long wait and that also means I live on pay day only that same day am broke when I done paying my bills. So this is where the lottery winnings comes in real handy.

    I support the Lottery thing 100% in the Cayman Islands.

    Continue guys your doing a wonderful job……. 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    Poor informer.  And you think the police is stupid enough to purchase numbers in unifrom and driving government vechicle. Read between the lines.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would bet my last $3 that the person who reported it, was probably just leaving the premises from buying numbers too – oh well !!! anybody got the "rake" for Sunday? I could use a few thousand dollas to fix my leaking roof!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Not in defence of the officer but would it be reported or investigated if he bought a raffle ticket from one of the many clubs that advertise their raffles or sit in plain view outside the banks?

  15. Anonymous says:

    They are just now catching up with this practice within the ranks of the RCIPS?  For decades it has been common knowledge that certain officers of high rank, some of whom are no longer with the RCIPS, were deep in the numbers game. They should start an inquiry about the many apartment buildings and other evidence of weath that was amassed by some during that period.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Bring a local lottery to Cayman providing daily 3, weekly 4, monthly 5, and yearly 6 games. Have retail shops pay a monthly subscriber fee to host the machines at their check-out counters. Proceeds from the lottery can go towards infrastructure and education. Or the govt. can just keep missing out, while people continue supporting the Honduras and Jamaican lotteries. It's time to update the antiquated laws. 

  17. Anonymous says:

    LOL…. This isn't news, I know loads of cops who buy numbers.. And buy raffle tickets and sell raffle tickets for their schools kids and charities.. 

    Who care about numbers $75 dollar fine…. Sh…..

    let the cops work on traffic matters like DUIs and criminal matters like all the burglaries going on at this time. 

    Off to buy a number now… May pick 28 and for Sunday odd 8 feeling lucky….

  18. Anonymous says:

    Easy make it legal.

  19. Raffaelle says:

    Well we simply do not have a jail that large for all those in the RCIPS and gowerment  involved in this enterprise. Here is a suggestion that i know  the Top echelons of Government will never never ever do . Set up a hotline for people to provide the names of officers and government officials involved with buying and selling numbers. Our taking loans from certain well known numbers man. the only time these "Tings" come to light is usual when some person or official which maybe the case wins and numbers man refuses to pay. So in order to avoid payment he calls the law to act as a deterent to scare winning buyer off! My final advice legalize this S&$#  before we have to send home 60% of these foreign officers we now have employed unnah corrupt Ba$#&@*!

    • Anonymous says:

      The foriegn officers are here in the first place because you can't be trusted or are not capable of policing your communities impartially. And for a Caymanian to accuse others of corruption is frankly laughable, one only need look at your previous governments record in office to satify one's self that abuse of power and self interest are imbedded in your society and culture. 

      If you don't want foriegn officers in the RCIPS or any other foriegn workers in Cayman, then get an education and join up or do the damn hard work yourself instead of living of the backs of others.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes just like how they are taking care of their own i guess it is  only corrupt when Caymanians do it ???as far as corrupt governments go please don't even go there we don't trade arms or doing deals for bombers give it a rest old  buddy. Living on back others you seem to have perfected that you obviously don't have a clue whats going here you ignorant jackass!

        • Anonymous says:

          You are right, living on the back of others only lasts so long.

          I presume that is why the UK Government will not authorise any further borrowing or loans to the Cayman Islands.


        • Anonymous says:

          That's your problem, you don't trade anything and you don't produce anything so you have to live off the backs of those who bring money to this island because you don't earn it yourself.

          For your information, there is a legitimate trade in arms for which many countries rightly sign up to in the name of defence. As this country relies on the UK for its security and defence you're in no place to criticise those who act on your behalf.

          Not at all sure what your 'bombers' jibe is meant to be about, just waffle I guess.

          Corruption is a disgrace no matter who indulges in it, but Cayman has brought it into the realms of an art form and everyone knows it. You just live in a deluded world that believes everyone else is to blame for Cayman's ill's, well news flash, its all on you jackass.

      • Sucker Free Cayman says:

        The truth may offend you anon 9:59 but it aint no sin ya hear!

        • Anonymous says:

          I agree, but that would depend on your version of the truth. Its simple really, if you don't want foriegn officers or any expat workers in Cayman, do it yourself.

          The truth is there for all to see, and yes it will hurt when you finally realise that without them you have nothing. Ouch!! 

    • Anonymous says:

      If they were as corrupt as you say, they would be in government.


  20. Bling Man says:

    If numbers be illegal why they still be sold? 

  21. Anonymous says:

    What played?

  22. Anonymous says:

    What's new ? so many of them do , along with other government officials ,i remember when buying number in cayman was like a big deal , today it's like buying ice cream.


    • Anonymous says:

      I remember when crime like home invasions and bank robberies never happened in Cayman and that was not too long ago now we have to employ more police and security guards to ensure that the don't happen daily.  When we ignore the smallest infraction of the law they then manifest themselves and become major problem.  There should be no tolerance for crime no matter how small, gambling is illegal and so is driving at 90 miles per both are prosecutable offense in Cayman and should be treated as such.  Gambling is legal in Florida so I know it is no problem to buy lottery tickets there, the Autobaun in Germany does not have a speed limit on most of it so driving at 90mph will not result in a ticket.  I said all that to say this if it is illegal you are subject to prosecution it matters not!



  23. Anonymous says:

    Whats new?!! We been hearing about this for years!!! Heck, why people think the number king pin is so protected?!!

  24. Anon says:

    Must be dealer payback

    No wonder they can’t stop it..

  25. Anonymous says:

    This is nothing new & have been going for yrs, if they do an external investigation more than 1/4 of rcip buy numbers! I say legalize it & the govt can get $$$!


    • Anonymous says:

      Fine, but fire the 25% of officers who have proved they are corrupt first. They are sworn to uphold the Law, whether they agree with it or not, not to participate in it’s breach.

      • Anonymous says:

        so 25 per cent are corrupt, 25 per cent do the bulk of the work,  what is the other 50 per cent doing when they on the road?


    • Anonymous says:

      People have been buying drugs for years, I guess eventually it will be ed legalised but this does not make it right, gambling like drugs can be addictive so the longer it stays illegal the better it will be for some people.  Should Csyman decide to legalize it the least try to go the same route as Bahamas or set up some thing with the Florida Lottery as I see one of our resident business man is featured on the Miami Lottery scratch off tickets maybe he can give government some assistance on how to go about it to make it profitable and safe thus reducing the need for the illegal numbers game.  Government should liaise with Florida, pay them a fee and let us use their system.