Just one year since taking up the
police commissioner’s post, David Baines has given the Royal Cayman Islands
Police Service a new look, at least when it comes to personnel.
All three police station commanders
on Grand Cayman have been changed since Mr. Baines came into office on 1 June,
Some long-serving Caymanian police
officers have rejoined the force, while others have since retired. And some new
faces have joined the RCIPS old guard in the upper ranks of the command staff.
The most recent change made at
RCIPS involves the creation of a new division, called the Emergency Planning
Unit, which will be made responsible for drawing up all police service response
plans for issues like hurricanes and other natural disasters, as well as
day-to-day emergency response plans.
This new role has been given to
Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, formerly the commander of the West Bay Police
Station. She began her first day in the new post on Monday.
Ms Howell said she would miss
working with the community in West Bay, but felt that it was time to move on to
a new challenge.
West Bay has seen several high
profile criminal cases – including four killings – since the beginning of 2010,
although reports of shootings, robberies and burglaries there have tailed off
of late. In charge at the station now is Acting Chief Inspector Frank Owens.
Mr. Owens is the third new district
commander in the RCIPS within the past year.
Chief Inspector Martin Bodden Jr.
moved out of his previous post at the police complaints and discipline unit to
take charge of the Bodden Town Police Station late last year. The chief
inspector in charge of Bodden Town, Richard Barrow, was put in charge at George
Town station. Mr. Barrow replaced Chief Inspector Harlan Powery, who took over
complaints and discipline.
Returning to the RCIPS following a
stint at the Cayman Islands Airports Authority is Robert Scotland, who has now
joined the Drugs Task Force as a detective chief inspector.
Meanwhile, retiring from the police
service earlier this year was marine unit supervisor and long-time officer
Joining the Caymanian officers
since last year have been several new recruits from the UK, including Deputy
Commissioner Steve Brougham and training specialist Peter Mcloughlin. Former
police consultants Dennis Walkington and Richard Oliver were picked to staff
the new police anti-corruption unit earlier this year.