Police chief not flying helicopter

When the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s newly-purchased helicopter arrives on island in September it will be flown by a qualified pilot who is under contract with the police.

On Friday, the RCIPS released a brief statement noting that the pilot will not be Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan.

Mr. Kernohan is known to have taken several flights on the Cayman Helicopters craft while it was being used for police-related functions. However, the department noted that at all times the private helicopter has been with its owner as pilot in command.

Mr. Kernohan said last week that RCIPS had purchased a Eurocopter EC 135-T1 1999 model for around $1.8 million. Some additional costs were paid for various policing equipment.

Shipping the helicopter here is likely to take a number of weeks.

For more than a year, the RCIPS has used Cayman Helicopters in certain situations where air support was needed. The government has picked up the tab for those services, but has refused to disclose how much was paid. Cayman Helicopter’s can charge up to US$1,700 per hour for private tours in its vehicle.

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