Commissioner honours crime fighters

RCIP officers and staff members, legal professionals and a member of the public were honoured by Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan last week for their crime fighting efforts.

Officer of the Year award

Chief Secretary George McCarthy presents PC Michael Peart with the Officer of the Year award. Photos: Submitted

An awards ceremony was held Monday at the Ritz-Carlton where Chief Secretary George McCarthy presented recipients with framed certificates.

Constable Michael Peart received the Officer of the Year award recognising his professionalism, dedication, hard work and high performance over the years, said a RCIP press release.

‘I am privileged to be a part of this service and dealing with issues that confront us as a community,’ Const. Peart said. ‘Through this I am able to socialize with the people and make a positive contribution. PC (Donovan) Chong, my colleague, has been a big part of my success which I wish to recognize.’

Constables Everton Spence and Cornelius Pompey of the Community Policing team were also commended for their exceptional service and dedication, and for performing beyond the call of duty in the field of community policing.

Const. Spence said: ‘I am honoured, privileged and humbled to be considered for such a worthy accolade. I would like to thank the Commissioner of Police for this opportunity to be recognized but most of all I am grateful to My Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ for strengthening me to be able to perform my duties to the best of my ability.’

Const. Pompey added: ‘I feel extremely proud to receive this commendation and feel the awards are a great way to show officers what can be achieved if you put your mind to it.’

In addition, Andre Mon Desir, Senior Crown Counsel who joined the legal department in 2002, was commended for his prosecutorial skills, commitment and professional work ethic. He is highly respected in the legal fraternity and the RCIP.

Martha Welcome, who works in the Criminal Records Office, was commended for the dedication and flexibility she has shown since joining the RCIP staff in 1997.

And, Errol Bush, a civilian, received an award for the pivotal role he played in the arrest of a suspected serial burglar who was previously unknown to the police. Mr Bush showed bravery and tenacity in pursuing the suspect at the scene of the crime, the release said.

In attendance were Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, distinguished guests and a host of supportive family and friends.

‘This is all about recognising people that do outstanding work. Of course we do this on a daily basis but this event is to highlight those that go the extra mile and to show them that their efforts do not go unnoticed,’ Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan said in his opening address.

‘Since my arrival on the Island I have been continuously impressed by the efforts of officers on the street and those behind the scenes, including support staff, legal professionals and others in the extended police family, who work tirelessly to make the Cayman Islands a relatively crime free environment to live, work and holiday in.

‘I must also extend thanks to the family and friends of these people for their support is essential.’