UK officers help boost skills

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will soon welcome two new staff members to its ranks.

Each man has been hired to help address current skills gaps, raise standards and build capacity in the force, according to Police Commissioner David Baines.

Steve Brougham is a Detective Chief Superintendent with Merseyside Police in the UK and is Head of the Information and Security Bureau. Mr. Brougham will act in a temporary Deputy Commissioner role and will be tasked with overseeing the implementation of a number of measures designed to improve the way RCIPS processes crime data, information and intelligence.

‘I am grateful to Acting Commissioner James Smith who instigated a review of our intelligence handling systems,’ Mr. Baines said. ‘The subsequent report from that review contains a number of recommendations and Mr. Brougham will oversee their implementation.’

The second appointment is Peter Mcloughlin. He has been appointed as an Investigative Training Specialist and will be tasked with enhancing the investigative capabilities of the Service.

Among other things, Mr Mcloughlin will provide training in areas of witness interviews, suspect interviews, exhibit management and covert policing tactics.

Mr Mclouglin is a retired UK Detective Inspector who is currently providing specialist training packages to UK police services. Just before his retirement, he was the National Police/Prison Intelligence Liaison Officer which linked intelligence networks between the two bodies.

‘Mr Mcloughlin has skills in many areas and will help some of the strategic competency gaps that have been identified in the service,’ said Mr Baines. ‘Additionally, he has extensive investigative skills which can be used to assist with cold case reviews.’

Mr Baines said RCIPS police officers work exceptionally hard and should be commended for their efforts.

‘These two appointments are designed to support current policing functions, enhance capability and improve the service offered to the community,’ he said.

Both Mr. Brougham and Mr. Mcloughlin are expected to arrive in Cayman at the end of September.