National Security Council given list of crime woes

| 23/01/2023 | 36 Comments
Cayman News Service
National Security Council (file photo of meeting held Friday, 9 July 2021)

(CNS): Members of the National Security Council were faced with a number of pressing crimes and law enforcement-related issues when they met on 1 November for the last meeting of 2022. The council was briefed by Police Commissioner Derek Byrne, CBC Director Charles Clifford, Chief Officer for the Ministry of Border Control Wesley Howell, and WORC Acting Director Jeremy Scott, who each outlined some of the woes they are dealing with, from violent crime to problematic foreign nationals.

According to a brief release, during the meeting Byrne briefed the council on the current status of criminal and drug-related activities, burglaries and serious violence as well as traffic incidents. Clifford told the members about drugs that are being intercepted at the airport, and Howell provided details on the Cuban migration situation and shared plans for security improvement and processing asylum applications and appeals.

Scott raised concerns about other far more complex criminal activities relating to immigration, including marriages of convenience, illegal workers and what were described as “high-risk foreign nationals”. Although the release did not explain what the term meant, it is likely referring to the number of people entering Cayman with criminal records or who are wanted by the police in other jurisdictions, especially Jamaica. Scot also outlined the agency’s plan to address these concerns.

According to the release, the council also recommended the approval of prescribed outcomes in the Panel Report of the Police Service Commission. CNS has contacted the authorities requesting a copy of this report, and we are awaiting a response.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    “The quality of education given to the lower class must be of the poorest sort, so that the moat of ignorance isolating the inferior class from the superior class is and remains incomprehensible to the inferior class. With such an initial handicap, even bright lower class individuals have little if any hope of extricating themselves from their assigned lot in life. This form of slavery is essential to maintaining some measure of social order, peace, and tranquility for the ruling upper class.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully sea migrants become aware of the new DHS parole program before casting off and risking it all for nothing. The program launched this month has led to a 97% decline in arrivals at the southern US border month over month. Cayman Airways should get in on the legal airlift action.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There is no excuse for problem foreign nationals. Our laws are clear. They need to be sent away at the first sign of trouble. It is insane that we even release some from prison back into our community instead of taking them direct to the airport.

  4. Cayman Minority report says:

    You ever wonder how government thrives on failure? Piss poor leadership cronies and political hacks and henchmen rule the day, law enforcement is completely inundated with Jamaicans and other minorities . Yet we ponder our crime dilemma look no further to see how we will end up but understand this has been the plan all along !

  5. Anonymous says:

    I bet they will respectively justify this to budget for more resources next fiscal year.

    So, two of the best helichoppers in the region in RCIPS Air Ops plus the Marine Section plus Detective units plus Coast Guard plus phone tapping they still can’t get a handle on the “ten known gsngsters” here??? What a bunch of hot air that was!

    It’s the RCIP Farce! But watch them get new (imported) recruits, more cars, more boats next budget year!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t think it would be possible to have a less transparent government interface than the of the last couple decades – with Ministry sites from 2004 – but PACT seem to have taken it as a priority challenge and have made it much worse. Dead are the links to important Legislation Gazettes that are supposed to uphold our rights and voting democracy. What is the play in removing these? No website in the world takes 10 minutes to load up cookie preferences. This should be a lead story. Where are our laws?

  7. Anonymous says:

    the whole of cig is based on cronyism pure and simple. Jon Jon late night at The Office work escapade is the most obvious recent example of this but it runs deep and through every dept. crime and security will never be truly addressed because a misdemeanour, no matter how serious, can be sorted through a suspects connections to an mla or senior official. would be interesting for cns to put an foi into cig around how many people have been suspended over recent years and what for, then compare to how many have been dismissed or imprisoned as a result. can almost guarantee it will be slim to none. and of course how many have remained on full pay for year on year….

    • Anonymous says:

      You got that right 4:29. And if you are the one brave one who discovers and dares to bring the suspect’s illegal behavior to light, you betta buckle up and be ready for when those mla and senior official connections you mentioned come at you!

      • Anonymous says:

        You are a smart one 4:29. Remember a certain immigration related matter some years ago when two brave ladies discovered wrong doing and took a stand? One was already retired but called as a witness then attacked and maligned with falsehoods. The other one was also attacked with false allegations and eventually removed from office. Cost a lot of money from public funds but the attackers succeeded. Those ladies stood up and did the right thing but those are the shenanigans that take place when “situations” need to be “sorted through a suspects connections to an mla or senior official”, as you rightly said. Just another day in wonderland BoBo!

        • Anonymous says:

          Bad part is them ladies were maligned and the culprit was set free, now back on the job probably carrying on the same scam. Only in Cayman!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Only in the Public sector can you sit down your whole career and talk about issues without ever solving them.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Clueless lazy bunch with no real interest in our country except maybe one or two of them.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Even with last year’s alarming stats, and a murder/assassination on the guardhouse doorstep of the Governor’s House, Captain Leisure is only convening this mensa “think-tank” once a quarter. Let that sink in, and dissolving with it, any hope for improvement.

  11. Anonymous says:

    traffic police. where are you?

  12. Anonymous says:

    no respect for the police farce after jon-jon incident.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not the police’s fault at all. The officer probably felt his job was on the line if he did the right thing. I have no doubt Jon Jon probably said ‘do you know who I am?’

    • Anonymous says:

      Come on now what do you expect as he is a connected person and very important to our government.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Mr Scott is the only one of them that has any idea whats really going on in this island.

    • Anonymous says:

      It doesn’t matter. We can all see that nothing is in play to remedy the situation. You don’t even need to be at these meetings to know that. Crime is stable (accept on violent end of the continuum, where it has increased dramatically). Mission accomplished, see you in 4 months.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah Scott knows a lot but cannot do anything because he needs his job.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Clueless the lot of them!

  15. Anonymous says:

    So they met 2 and a half months ago! Ha ha!
    WTF…. !what have they got to show for it?

  16. Anonymous says:

    God help us if it is left to that gang to devise an effective plan to keep us safe.

  17. Anonymous says:

    When will WORC start hitting job sites like the old days and catching all the illegal workers? Is it because some places are “untouchable”? The amount of independent contractors who are actually people here on a work permit but sub-contracting is massive. No health insurance, pension, or other business related insurances are being paid but these people are hurting legitimate businesses yet nothing is being done except some lip service.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bingo! Can’t be embarrassing / inconveniencing some of the big developers around here.

    • Anonymous says:

      We need someone again like a Mr. Braby when he was an Immigration Officer. My father told me that gentleman was tough but fair and didn’t put up with foolishness. He would hunt down the illegals single-handedly even chasing them on foot, catch them and bring them in. They knew not to mess with him because he was fearless and they could not intimidate him. Some of the stories of how he would corner them was even funny but he did his job. Now look at what is happening today. It is very sad.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Judean People’s Front, The People’s Front of Judea, – I can’t recall if Reg suggested The National Security Council, if he didn’t, he should have 🚨

  19. Anonymous says:

    We have high risk domestic nationals, including a customs and border officer handed a 9 month tap on the wrist for getting caught abusing her position of trust and professional security clearance to import illegal drugs, and who knows what else. Her fifth time.

    • Anonymous says:

      Her FIFTH time.?
      You actually mean she has done this four times before and gone unpunished.?
      She must have some powerful political or family connections.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, but we have to go easy on her because she is a role model and hussle-maker for two impressionable children.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, and she was only exposed because her two mule accomplices were arrested at Miami International Airport boarding a CAL flight, and interrogated by real DEA agents. To mitigate their situation, they offered her up, along with a lone Cayman Airways employee. She even plead not guilty for four years, changing her plea last year. We can only guess how many other rackets are simultaneously running intact at the moment. No changes to procedures and checks from where we’re sitting. No heads of departments fired. No Ministers being asked tough questions in a public media forum. Steady as she goes.


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