George Town Central MLA, Kenneth Bryan said Monday (15 October) crime is not a George Town Central issue, but a national one. Jodi Ann Powery, media officer for the RCIPS, agreed with him on Tuesday during an interview with Cayman 27 saying, crime cannot be comprehensively dealt with by one sector of the society.
“Adding to Mr. Bryan’s point, crime is not just a policing problem. It’s not just a representative problem. It’s not just a government problem because it affects everyone,” she said.
For their part, Ms. Powery said the police have been devoting resources to the George Town area and have been seeing results. She drew reference to this year’s gun amnesty.
“We’ve had 7 turns ins in the George Town area. Of those turn ins, three of those were for ammunition. And four of them were for firearms,” said Ms. Powery.
The total number of firearms recovered for the amnesty was 18.
Comparing firearm-related crime figures for January to October of 2017 and this year, Ms. Powery said there were 51 reports last year versus 34 for 2018.
The RCIPS media officer also said George Town benefitted from augmented community policing.
“We have a Beat 6, which is the Prospect area, we have a Beat 7, which is the South Sound area and the Windsor Park area. We have a Beat 8, which is dedicated to the Waterfront and we have Beat 8, central George Town, which has three officers dedicated to that area.”
There is also the Seven Mile Beach, which Ms. Powery said encompasses a part of George Town.
“Each beat has at least two officers that are dedicated to that area, with the exception of Beat 6, which has only one.”
Out of the 36 officers dedicated to community policing, Ms. Powery said the area encompassing George Town has between 10 and 15 officers.
Ms. Powery also credited the introduction of the Joint Crime Task Force as a factor in the reduction of firearms-related crime in George Town.