Ousted cop to return Monday

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Commissioner David Baines said Friday that Chief Superintendent John Jones has been exonerated in a disciplinary review and will return to work Monday 31 August.

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

‘Chief Superintendent Jones has at all times conducted himself responsibly and professionally since being placed on required leave on 27 March, 2008. He remains a valuable RCIPS member and I am delighted that he will be back on duty next week,’ Commissioner Baines said. ‘I have discussed the situation regarding Mr. Jones with HE the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack CVO who agrees and whole-heartedly supports an immediate return to work.’

The purpose of Chief Superintendent Jones’ required leave was to facilitate enquiries into alleged misconduct within the RCIPS. He was subsequently put under formal investigation on 15 May, 2008 under Operation Tempura, for possible misconduct in a public office.

Mr. Jones was never arrested or charged and was publicly notified on 1 May 2009 by former Acting Commissioner of Police James Smith that no criminal charges would be laid and all inquiries were concluded.

Since then, a review was conducted to determine whether or not disciplinary action was warranted against Mr. Jones. After considering the officer’s alleged administrative failings, Commissioner Baines concluded that a disciplinary hearing would be disproportionate in light of the alleged breach of conduct.

‘Chief Superintendent Jones demonstrated great dignity during the most trying times, serving as a reminder to all that judgements as to innocence or guilt should only be made once all facts have been thoroughly investigated,’ the Commissioner said.

Read more in Monday’s Caymanian Compass….