Though she was not successful in her bid to become the Cayman Islands’ first female police commissioner, Ellie Bird said last week that she is still pursuing a potential law enforcement post in Cayman.
When asked whether she would be interested in a deputy post or other sub-command position at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the 26-year UK law enforcement veteran replied: “Absolutely.”
“I have expressed an interest in any other similar types of roles,” Mrs. Bird said. “I’m going to be watching the developments with great interest.”
The new RCIPS Commissioner, David Baines, is set to arrive in Cayman later this month and will start his new job on 1 June. He has not made any public statements about his plans for the service.
Whether or not there will be any positions open for Mrs. Bird to take is unclear. Both RCIPS Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon and Chief Superintendent John Jones are still receiving pay during their required leave. Mr. Jones faces department disciplinary hearings, while Mr. Dixon is due to go to trial in October on allegations of misconduct in a public office and doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.
It is at least possible that both men could be reinstated to their previous jobs at RCIPS.
Bird is currently a Detective Superintendent of the British Transport Police. She has served as Superintendent of operations on the London Underground and has been responsible for police response to major incidents and international events. She is also vice president of the British Association for Women in Policing.
She said she was willing to make a “good five to seven year” commitment to the RCIPS and would consider even a subordinate’s position as “the most amazing opportunity.”
“I don’t feel…offended by accepting what some people would see as a lesser post,” Mrs. Bird said.
She acknowledges that holding such a high-ranking position as a female in Cayman would be a challenge, but one she would willingly accept.
She’s been there before.
“I was the first female superintendent in the history of the (British Transport Police) force,” she said. “I’ve achieved many firsts.”
“I’m not naive about it. I’m the sort of person who takes on challenges, and whether you like it or not you also take on the role of a role model (for other women in law enforcement.)”