Cayman 27 – ARCHIVE

Boat donated to ex-offenders programme

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The Second Chance Programme which is designed to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society has received a boat and an engine which have been donated by the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Founder of the Second Chance Programme George Roper says donations as these are helpful in curbing the country’s growing crime while providing different avenues for former inmates.

“They just rob Burger King just the other day and if we can get programmes like these in place to find jobs or employment for ex-offenders then chances of one of these individuals coming and rob you is minimized to a greater level,”

Fire Chief David Hails says despite the obvious services the department provides to the community he says they are other ways in which the Department may be involved.

“We’ve looked at other angles where we could’ve provided a boat for other uses but we felt that with the rehabilitation programme within the community it’s very important that we support these types of things as much as possible,” Mr. Hails said.

The Fire Service was approached by the government who helped to facilitate the donations that were made to the programme. The engine donated is a 225 horsepower engine which the fire service added to the donation package.

The boat was given to the programme to assist former inmates in finding employment opportunities.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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