John Jones has joined the RCIPS as Chief Superintendent of Operations.
Mr. Jones, 49, took up the post in May
‘I am very pleased and proud to have been selected as Chief Superintendent Operations of the RCIPS and am looking forward to getting to know the Island and the community over the coming months,’ he said.
Mr. Jones said that one of the main tasks assigned to him by the Commissioner is to develop a true neighbourhood policing model for all of the Cayman Islands.
‘We’ve got that in parts of the islands,’ he said. ‘My ambition is to get that to 100 per cent coverage.’
He noted that there is already good relations between the police and the public.
‘Since I arrived eight weeks ago, I have been particularly impressed with the engagement the RCIPS has with the community,’ he said.
The father of three boasts an impressive resume having worked in UK policing for more than 30 years for a number of forces. Highlights of his career include Chief Superintendent and Area Commander for West Midlands Police, Detective Superintendent for Regional Crime Squads in London and Head of CID for Warwickshire Police.
He has undergone extensive training over the years including Firearms Commanding, Kidnap and Extortion, Managing Disasters and Civil Emergencies, Undercover Operations and Surveillance.
Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan said: ‘As might be expected with one of the most appealing Islands in the Caribbean, the quality of candidates was excellent and making a decision was a difficult one. But we are delighted to have Mr. Jones on board and are confident we made the right choice. He brings with him a wealth of skills and experience which will be invaluable to the RCIPS.’
Mr Jones’ background includes 12 years in senior CID management where he worked on local, national and international levels and gained a significant depth of investigative knowledge through commanding numerous sensitive, complex and high profile enquiries.
He has held responsibility for serious and organised crime, special branch, immigration and counter terrorism strategies, witness protection, victim support, criminal records and force responses to child abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
In his role with the RCIPS, Mr. Jones is a member of the Senior Command Team and will oversee the strategic direction and command of operational policing and all operational departments.
He will also manage, direct, coordinate and support members of the RCIPS throughout the Islands to ensure effective and efficient discharge of their duties.
‘The RCIPS has a sound foundation and I am looking forward to becoming a part of its continued success,’ he said.
I want to reassure the public that despite the Cayman Islands being so safe we will not become complacent and we will be relentless in our efforts to reduce crime.’