Anyone applying for a police
clearance in the Cayman Islands – including work permit holders – is now being
required to provide their fingerprints to local law enforcement.
The change in previous procedure is
formalised in the Police Bill, 2010, which was made public earlier this
According to the bill, anyone making
an application for police clearance is required to give their fingerprints,
along with a declaration stating their full name, address and occupation.
The bill, if passed, will only
confirm what police have been doing with applicants for clearance documents
“The fingerprinting was
introduced…to enhance the security of the process and prevent any fraudulent
activity,” said RCIPS Inspector Ian Yearwood.
The newly-proposed police bill does
not allow fingerprints taken for police clearance purposes to be kept by the
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
“Where fingerprints have been taken
pursuant to an application under this section, such fingerprints shall be
destroyed or handed over to the applicant at his option,” section 144(5) of the
Police Bill states.
The process for police clearance
certificates is separate from what will be required of work permit holders
under new Immigration Department requirements to fingerprint all foreign
workers residing in the Islands.
Earlier this year, immigration
officials said plans to start fingerprinting all work permit holders in the
Islands was due to occur in the last quarter of 2010.
The government has budgeted
$900,000 in the current fiscal year to support the project.