Police association regroups, reforms

The
long-dormant Cayman Islands Police Association has elected new leaders to
represent its membership.

According
to an announcement sent out late Wednesday, Royal Cayman Islands Police
Detective Inspector Rudolph Gordon was chosen as group chairman. Sergeant
Winsome Prendergast was named chairperson for legal affairs.

Other
members of the police association were not immediately named.

Group
leaders said they had recently met with association membership about reforming
and modernising the organisation, as well as addressing certain issues that
concerned officers.

Those
included: succession planning for Caymanian officers, discrimination within the
RCIPS, uncertainty concerning whether foreign police officers would be subject
to a seven year term limit on residency, and the recent government salary cuts
among other issues.

Inspector
Gordon said some of these matters had been lingering for a long time and
continued “to affect morale of officers and the quality of the workplace”.

Mr.
Gordon said the group intended to meet with senior RCIPS commanders to discuss
issues further.

The
police association has been left largely leaderless and dormant following the
retirement of its former President Kim Evans and Vice President Courtney Myles
from the RCIPS within the past year.

Please
see more on this story in upcoming editions of the Caymanian Compass….