Cops clamp down on petty crime around pubs and clubs

| 13/07/2016 | 29 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): A teenager has been arrested for possession and consumption of ganja as part of an RCIPS clampdown on petty crime and an increase in proactive patrols around licensed premises. This weekend, neighborhood officers and other units were out in force visiting bars, nightclubs and other key locations around the island as part of the high visibility patrols. The juvenile was arrested just after 9pm on Friday after four youths fled from a parking lot along Seven Mile Beach when police appeared.

The teenagers were chased to the West Bay Road, and when apprehended one of them was found with an undisclosed quantity of vegetable matter resembling ganja. He was arrested on suspicion of consumption and possession of ganja and is now on police bail.

“Patrols at key locations throughout the island have been launched to increase visible policing and address lower-level crimes like these that nonetheless affect public confidence,” said Robert Graham, the new superintendent of district operations. “We want this to become the new normal.”

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  1. Fed up Caymanian says:

    I am so upset with this Government right now and the police dept that I am going to speak my mind.

    ”Ok,” we get it,” the police for once is finally doing their jobs in clamping down on the serious drug problem that has invaded our country. It is about high time that they showed some kind of motivation out there, instead, of getting paid to do nothing but try to get females phone numbers to go out on dates with! God knows,’ I have seen this many times with my own eyes. However arresting these young men over a little ganja simply does not solve the solution.

    First and most importantly how about finding work for our Caymanian young men, because many of them is out of work because our own Government is lacking the moral support to help them find jobs and is just giving the jobs to the expatriates. Give them jobs so they won’t be out there on the streets hustling for a living selling drugs or breaking into good citizens homes. Also, i don’t want to hear the BS that these young men are lazy and don’t want to work. That is what u the Government wants us to believe and is implanting into our minds. The system is rigged and If you ask me you all are a big sellout to your country and community which is embedded and infested with mockery of fraudelent lies. We are failing our young men tremendously and failure should never be an option.

    Stressing further… Getting back to the real matter, how about going after the bigger guys first that sells these drugs to our young men in the community? How about going after the bigger guys first that sells cocaine and herione to our young men in these communities? If you want to arrest someone arrest these top dogs that is poisoning our system. So please give those officers some real work to do. Have a nice day!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      They chase the youth down for some vegetables.

      In a age where the world is legalizing the vegetable which is all it is. Cayman is chasing youths down over it. Leave the vegetables alone God made them.

      Instead you need to chase the coke but be warned it might lead back to your own officers / evidence container.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m disgusted that the RCIPS are still ruining lives by arresting and giving a record to people here over something that has been decriminalised and even legalised in so many other countries (including the States). Come on Cayman. We have serious crime happening here, that’s where our police should be focusing their work. But catching kids smoking a spliff takes less effort and now they can have news articles saying what a great job they’re doing at catching criminals. The only crime people smoking a spliff will do is attacking a bag of cheetos!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It seems the police can’t do right for doing wrong. Give them a chance to do better. They are now going to be patrolling the clubs and pubs as the new norm, so thats good isn’t it? If people see them out and about more, the bad eggs will think twice about committing a crime. I know its what they should have been doing in the first place, but they are doing it now so lets see how it goes without everyone being so negative. This island just loves to moan!

    • Anonymous says:

      Being someone who goes out to nightclubs/bars I’m glad there is more police presence to protect the public from criminals. Love seeing the police out patrolling now.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “bad eggs” ain’t doing crime for fun.

      They is doing crime because they grow up in a country who have nothing for them. Crime is feeding hungry belly in cayman like rest of the world.

      The youth are hungry. The country have no positive stimulation for a young mind to grow positively.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Drug offenders need compassion not punishment. Punish the people selling drugs for profit and not the users. Better yet, legalize Ganja and put the same restrictions on it as alcohol. That way, if a teen is caught using it’s just a misdemeanor and not a felony level charge. All jailing users will do is increase the crime rates as they learn how to be proper criminals in jail.

  5. John says:

    Ruined another teen’s life over a harmless spliff, yet I bet you half of that bar had a more toxic cigarette in their mouth at the time. Trying to look like they doing good but they just doing more harm! Try go catch the people that been robbing places left and right instead of robbing our teens of a future!

    • Anonymous says:

      You are so right John. When are we going to seriously look at this and stop ruining these young people’s lives with criminal records. And they always seems to catch the users of marijuana, not the big boys who are the suppliers of the cocaine and hard drugs.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Cannabis oil is on the market used for treating diseases like cancer, has even been evidence of cannabis oil curing types of cancer. Here comes the RCIP arresting someone for a piece of cannabis he had on him.
    Hey the police are just doing their job at the end of the day, but when your job ruins the lives of other people for what is considered a victimless crime, then your job should be reevaluated. The police are not there to mingle with the public or to be some influential heroes. They are there to do one thing and one thing only, to enforce the laws of the country, even if that means contributing to the problem. How do you keep the peace when the same laws are set in place are contrary? A loaded gun and bad attitude helps.

    Makes you wonder, is the teenager going to be counselled about his “addiction”.
    How does that conversation go?
    Psych – Hey weed is bad ok?
    Teen – Why?
    Psych – Because the law
    Teen – Ok, i’ll just buy cigs then.
    Psych – Glad to help.

    The only victim here is the teenager who was cuffed and possibly caged like a wild animal for being human. Purely disgusting behavior by the police, don’t care if its their job, its disgusting. No respect for their fellow humans, just following the law.

    • Anonymous says:

      I complete agree with you. I think it’s horrible in this day and age that they are still focusing on people who are doing absolutely no harm to anyone by smoking a spliff. What causes more violence……booze or weed? What causes more damage to the person smoking and others around…….cigarettes or weed?
      It should be decriminalised here.

  7. Anonymous says:

    drug taking in public should not be tolerated….. but forget about convictions and criminal records…just hit them with a $10k fine.

    • bob says:

      oh yes because we all have 10k just laying around for doing something harmless

    • Anonymous says:

      What a nut…. Who has$10k sitting around for a fine? Cayman islands is actually one of the only places in the world you can legally consume drugs (alcohol) in public. What about all the people still smoking cigarettes closer to entrance of public places than the law prescribes?

    • Anonymous says:

      The tourists of the world want to smoke ganja!

      Fining people in a age of legalization worldwide is not too sensible.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just petty crime then, not stopping any shootings then. Ahaa, I see…

    • Exodus says:

      Thank you!!!!

      It’s all a big front; looking like they’re oh so efficient doing what they should be doing anyway….never mind about the gang violence and murderers looming the streets.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Unna still arresting people for a spliff? c’mon man, waste of time. How come nobody na arrested for the 1 billion dollars missing from di gowament?

  10. Realistic says:

    The public has no confidence in the RCIPS. On Saturday 02 July 2016 at 3am at Bananas lounge in central GT, there was a man named “Justin” throwing punches at a woman, 3 police cars arrived at the scene. Then another armed police car arrived and basically just grabbed “Justin” by the hand and told him to cool down, after a while they never arrested and “Justin” walked away like he had done nothing. These so called “police” officers are scared chickens they don’t like to deal with these so called “bad boys”. I personally was so disgusted about the way the RCIPS handled the situation.

  11. Anonymous says:

    They need to ticket all those cars parked on the double yellow line by Camana Bay!

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s called a vicitimless crime, not petty crime. There only victim here is the youth.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just make sure they don’t keep the ganja

  14. Unison says:

    now why would you molest people, minding their own business smoking weed?!

    seriously, lawmakers need to give people a break! no harm is being done to people! the police are smoking too and playing numbers :/

  15. Anonymous says:

    waste of time and resources……just enforce anti-loitering laws…

    • Anonymous says:

      Another attempt at trying to seem like they are actually doing something. By the time they send this teen to court for the $5 portion of weed he had in his position, the counseling and rehabilitation and lets not forget the urine analysis. The Caymanian people will be out of pocket a few grand while another teen’s future is ruined and they become dependent on the public purse. Does anyone else see that with the system that is in place, after we make one step forward, we have to take ten back?

      It would have been more beneficial for public purse if the RCIPS would just enforce anti-loitering laws.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The new normal! Hahahahahahaha! How long has it been since basic police work was even attempted on this island. I don’t even want to go into the story about how I had to help the cops solve my condo’s break in. The 3 of them just dusted for fingerprints and got everything dirty even after I told them that the culprit would have left fingerprints as their job was to be on my property – just not INSIDE it. Still never heard anything back from them and nothing will ever come of their over zealous dusting of my balcony.

  17. Anonymous says:

    “This weekend…officers were out in force”. What are they usually doing on the weekends?

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