The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service held their first Police Ball in more than three years last week at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Joining Commissioner Stuart Kernohan and many other members of the RCIPS, were several notable members of the government including Governor Stuart Jack; Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush; Chief Secretary George McCarthy and Government MLAs Osbourne Bodden and Alfonso Wright.
Former Police Commissioners David Thursfield and Buel Braggs were also in attendance.
Event organiser Melissa Wolfe called the Ball a success, with about 400 people in the sold out Grand Ball Room at the Ritz.
‘Over all it was just nice to see the RCIPS not just together, but with the community and the corporate sector,’ she said.
The event, which was themed ‘celebrating our diversity’ started with a champagne reception sponsored by Cayman National Bank. After dinner, there were remarks by Governor Jack and Commissioner Kernohan.
Mr. Jack commended RCIP and Mr. Kernohan for their efforts in curtailing crime during the past year.
‘We’ve seen a significant improvement in public confidence in the police force,’ he said. ‘I think that’s down to all the hard work under Commissioner Kernohan.’
A group of police officers wowed the crowd with a baton-swinging display that was so good, emcees Kafara Augustine and John Foster called for them to come out for an encore.
Musical entertainment was provided by the local band Velvet Touch, which had just preformed at the Cayman Jazz Fest a few days prior.
The five major corporate partners for the event – Cayman National Bank, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Baraud International, Dart Foundation and Butterfield Bank – were recognised for their support with certificates of appreciation after dinner.
During his remarks, Mr. Kernohan said the Cayman Islands was everything he had hoped it would be.
‘It’s a dream for me come true to come here and be commissioner,’ he said.
Mr. Kernohan requested three things from the crowd; that they have a good time; that they not drink and drive; and that they dance after dinner.
Leading the way to the dance floor with his wife Kerry, Mr. Kernohan set the example that many in attendance followed as the band played a selection of slow and faster-paced music.
The Police Ball was supposed to be an annual event, but Hurricane Ivan cancelled the event in 2004 until last week. Mrs. Wolfe said she believes the success of this year’s Police Ball could lead to it becoming an annual event again.