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
The comments Mr. Gordon referred to
were reportedly made by Police Commissioner David Baines during a 23 August
public meeting in West Bay.
The 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
“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
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