Sociologist and former political hopeful Dr. Frank McField says there needs to be a change in the way Cayman deals with crime. He says campaign promises of social intervention programmes haven’t materialized.
“The problem that we have here is that we believe that order and good governance comes from policing,” said Dr. McField.
He said more social intervention programmes are needed in the Cayman Islands, since he said community policing won’t address the root cause of crime.
“We’re cutting off crime at its stem, we’re not waiting until it grows and then we’re going to police it by taking people off the street for four years or two years or three years and then sending them back as even greater perpetrator and teachers of criminal behavior,” said Dr. McField.
He said during the 2017 election politicians spoke about understanding society’s stresses and the need for special emphasis on youth employment issues.
“So that was the theme, the most important theme in the general elections and since then, I’ve heard from many of the young people that things have gotten seriously worse and there is nobody to talk to,” said Dr. McField.
He hopes that the new Governor H.E. Anwar Choudhury can bring new ideas on how to address these areas of concern.
“There is no alternative positive guidance and this is where social development is important because there is always going to be social breakdowns and so there is a need always for us to be looking at ways to regenerate the culture in positive ways,” said Dr. McField.
Dr. Mc. Field believes community police officers should work with social workers in areas that require special attention when it comes to dealing with crime.