Investigation: Burglar’s electronic monitor was ‘tampered with’

Editor’s note: The following release was made public Monday afternoon by Cayman’s 911 Emergency Centre.

“An Electronic Monitoring Client, Harryton Rivers, was shot and killed during an alleged burglary on Liguinea Circle in George Town on Thursday 22nd July 2010. The Emergency Communications and Electronic Monitoring Department immediately initiated an investigation into the circumstances as to why the Client was not wearing his ankle bracelet which was later found by police at his residence.

“The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs which has oversight of the Electronic Monitoring Programme, hired an independent contract investigator, George Drake, an expert in the field of Electronic Monitoring, to determine what occurred and how the chance of a re-occurrence could be minimized. Mr. Drake is contracted to the United States Government National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology’s Electronic Monitoring standards programme and has over 25 years experience in the field.

“Mr. Drake arrived on Grand Cayman on Friday evening 23rd July 2010 and worked thru the weekend collecting evidence and conducting interviews. On Saturday 24th July 2010, the tracking device assigned to Mr. Rivers was forensically examined by Mr. Drake, as well as representatives of the manufacturing company which made the device, and RCIPS personnel.

“The results of the examination concluded that the tracking device had initially been properly installed on Mr. Rivers by Electronic Monitoring Centre staff and that the device had clearly been tampered with.

“Two days prior to the alleged burglary, the device had correctly triggered alerts to the Electronic Monitoring Centre. Electronic Monitoring Centre personnel had dispatched RCIPS personnel to the location of Mr. Rivers and, upon arrival, officers reported that the device was found securely affixed to Mr. Rivers’ ankle. There had been no other alerts reported to the Electronic Monitoring Centre from Mr. Rivers’ device since the 19th of July.

“As a result of the investigation, installation and inspection procedures have been reviewed and modified to improve the integrity of the Programme and thwart future tampering attempts.

“Eric Bush, the Acting Chief Officer for the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs stated: ‘The Electronic Monitoring Programme is vital to combat crime and make our community safer. I have every confidence that the Programme is being managed properly and, based on the information presented to me, I believe that the changes that are being made will strengthen that Programme.’”

“Due to the obvious security threat if information concerning the devices and their operation were released to the public, there will be no additional details provided.”

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