Police association says RCIPS funds ‘not managed effectively’

In a statement blasting Police Commissioner David Baines over some comments he allegedly made at a
recent public meeting in West Bay, members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police
Officers Association have revealed that some serious labour-management issues
still exist within the 360-person force.
 
Police Association
President, Inspector Rudolph Gordon, said his group has repeatedly attempted to
raise concerns about training and development of local RCIPS officers with the
police command staff and successive commissioners.
 
“(The association)
has concluded that some of the major failings of the RCIPS with regards to
training and development in an effort to professionalise the service are as a
result of the allocated funds not being managed effectively,” a statement from
the police association, attributed to Mr. Gordon, read.
 
Mr. Gordon stated
the association is committed to working with police management to strengthen the
“already strained” relationship between officers and senior managers.
 
“But comments like
the ones made by the commissioner at this recent meeting (in West Bay) was left
to one’s own interpretation at the risk of further demoralising the already
hard-working and dedicated officers that serve these Islands,” the association
press release read.
 
The comments Mr.
Gordon referred to were reportedly made by Police Commissioner David Baines
during a 23 August public meeting in West Bay.
 
Th commissioner’s
statements at the meeting indicated, among other things, that RCIPS officers
needed to improve basic literacy skills and that RCIPS had “failed the
community”. The comments were attributed to a local media
organisation that reported on the meeting the day after it
occurred. 
 
Mr. Gordon said that
many RCIPS officers have various professional qualifications including law
degrees, business degrees, engineering and other professional backgrounds. Other
officers are using the University College of the Cayman Islands and Civil
Service College programmes to enhance their skills as well, Mr. Gordon
said. 
 
“The objective of
the current accelerated scheme is of significant importance in attracting and
retaining qualified Caymanians,” the police association release stated.
“However, if not managed properly, the laudable intentions will be placed at
risk.” 
 
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