No RCIPS replacements named

Nearly four months after the temporary removal of three senior commanders at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service no replacements have been chosen as acting personnel to assume duties in two of the three vacant posts.

According to Acting Police Commissioner David George, the positions of deputy commissioner, held by Rudi Dixon, and chief superintendent, held by John Jones, will remain unfilled for the time being.

‘Mr. (Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony) Ennis and myself will continue to perform and we will not be looking to promote anybody to the other deputy post,’ Mr. George said.

The RCIPS has stated that its four current police superintendents would be assisting Mr. George in the running of the department as well as maintaining their own job responsibilities.

A police spokesperson said there were no immediate plans to fill the chief superintendent’s post either.

‘We’ve reorganised in such a way that all of those functions are being undertaken,’ Mr. George said. ‘It’s fair to say I don’t think the public will see any diminution of the activities of the RCIPS.’

‘Mr. (Police Commissioner Stuart) Kernohan is still the commissioner. He’s on leave as are the other incumbents.’

Commissioner Kernohan, Mr. Dixon and Mr. Jones were all temporarily removed from duty on 27 March to ‘facilitate’ an investigation involving alleged misconduct at the police service.

To date, all three men remain on leave. Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Jones are under a formal investigation that surrounds their roles in the events, which culminated in an unauthorised entry at the offices of local newspaper publisher Desmond Seales on 3 September, 2007.

Mr. Dixon and a former RCIPS officer were arrested in May in connection with a separate investigation being conducted by officers from the UK Metropolitan Police. The details of that probe are unknown.

The man heading up both probes, Senior Investigating Officer Martin Bridger, was recently asked whether he could imagine any scenario where any of the three commanders who were placed on leave might be able to return to the RCIPS.

‘Yes, I can,’ Mr. Bridger replied. ‘Just because people are under investigation…doesn’t mean either they’re guilty or that there’s actually any evidence against them.’

Mr. Kernohan left the islands months ago and, according to Government Information Services officials, has never returned. He was granted leave by Governor Stuart Jack to return to his native Scotland to deal with a private family matter.

Mr. Jones left for a vacation a few weeks ago and is understood to have returned. Mr. Bridger said he fully expected to be able to question both men at the appropriate time.

Neither Mr. Kernohan, nor Mr. Jones has been arrested or charged with a crime. Mr. Dixon and former police Inspector Burmon Scott were arrested 15 May in the separate case, but neither of those men has been charged with any crimes. A file concerning Mr. Dixon and Mr. Scott’s cases has been presented to the Attorney General’s office for review.

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