Essay winner gets bird’s eye view

‘An awesome day!’

That’s how 10-year-old David James summed up his experience of being Police Commissioner for the Day, a result of winning the 2007 100-Years of Policing essay competition.

David's mother, Kent and David

David’s mother, Kent and David. Photo: Submitted

The Prospect Primary School student was announced as the winner of the ‘If I was the Commissioner of Police, what would I do and why,’ 300-word essay competition at a special beach party in December.

As part of David’s prize he was given a special tour of policing in Grand Cayman by land, sea and air last month, said an RCIPS press release.

The day began when David was met at his school by neighourhood policing officers PC Winston Forth, PC Fred Diaz, PC Cornelious Pompey and Traffic officer PC Tim Balls. David was accompanied by his best friend Kent Connolly and his mother.

Escorted by police motorcycle, David and his party were taken to George Town police station where they met with senior officers and completed a tour of the Crime Desk, Scenes of Crime Department, K-9 Unit and Uniform Support Group.

From there David was taken to Headquarters to meet with the Commissioner of Police Stuart Kernohan. The Commissioner explained a bit about his role as Commissioner and what people can expect from a career in policing.

This was followed by a trip to West Bay police station before he headed out to sea with the Marine Unit aboard Protector.

‘The boat ride was awesome and when we went through the waves I was nervous and excited all at the same time,’ said David.

The motorcycle escort met the party at Kaibo and the tour continued with visits to the stations in the Eastern districts before stopping for lunch at Morrits. After seeing Grand Cayman by land and sea, David was in for another surprise when he was taken to the airport for a debriefing with Commissioner Kernohan prior to viewing the island from the air.

Cayman Islands Helicopters took David and his party on a memorable ride. ‘The helicopter ride was very exciting,’ David commented. ‘We circled my school and I saw my principle and friends playing outside. It was awesome.’

The adventure continued into Wednesday morning when officers returned to his school and presented a slide show of his day to all the students.

David read his winning essay to his peers and an all-in-one colour photo copier was presented to his school courtesy of Dart Management.

‘I’m really honoured to be the Commissioner for the Day,’ said David. ‘It was the best thing that has happened to me.’