Polygraph tests for RCIPS officers

A number of Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers have been required to take polygraph tests recently, according to several police sources contacted this week by the Caymanian Compass.
 
The reason the polygraphs – commonly called lie detector tests – were being administered was not given by Police Commissioner David Baines’ office.
 
”It is not RCIPS policy to comment on our vetting procedures,” read a statement from the commissioner’s spokesperson that was issued in response to questions from the Compass.
 
Both current and former police officers who spoke with the Compass on background confirmed that the tests had been administered to dozens of officers within the department and that a number of those tests had been failed. Police department brass declined to respond to questions regarding the specific numbers of those who had taken the polygraphs.
 
Some officers indicated that RCIPS staffers had been told their positions with the department could be in jeopardy if they refused to take the tests.
 
Commissioner Baines previously indicated that RCIPS officers within the new police anti-corruption unit would be subjected to polygraphs as a condition of their employment in the police service.
 
In November, the commissioner told the Compass that skilled veteran investigators handling complaints against RCIPS officers would be given polygraph tests by US law enforcement agencies prior to being hired. 
 
Some of the complaints against RCIPS Mr. Baines referenced were made previously under the corruption investigation dubbed ‘Operation Cealt’ by former Acting Police Commissioner James Smith.
 
Operation Cealt was a spin-off of the ill-fated Operation Tempura misconduct and corruption probe within the police service.
 
“Because there is the shadow of corruption on us, we’ve got to go the extra mile to make sure that where we have those (investigators)…they are, to the best of our knowledge and vetting capability, clean,” Mr. Baines said during the November interview.

“I’m aware there are concerns that…corruption has taken place or has been tolerated previously,” the commissioner continued. “That’s no part of any police force that I’m going to have a part of.”

It was unclear whether the polygraph process had since been expanded beyond the anti-corruption unit, and again, the commissioner’s office did not provide any clarity on that issue.

When contacted about the situation, the RCIPS officers association also declined to comment.
 

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  1. Like him or not – know the reasons or not – I think that all pokiuce officers havign regular polygraph test will go along way to reinforcing the faith in police impartiality and hopefully improve on the numebr of succesful outcomes in investigations.

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  2. CayCompass: Some officers indicated that RCIPS staffers had been told their positions with the department could be in jeopardy if they refused to take the tests.

    NOW THAT IS WRONG!

    IF THEY COULD TREAT THEIR OWN OFFICERS LIKE THAT, IMAGINE HOW THEY WOULD TREAT THE CIVILIANS!

    These things scare me! It seems like we are moving towards a POLICE STATE, and God help us if we ever fall into the hands of a Dictator!

    CONTROL IS THE GAME! And I am seeing the signs:

    – Premier lashes out against the freedom of the Press
    – CCTV’s are installed everywhere even on the streets
    – Commissioner asking for more Police Officers
    – More frequent traffic stops, blocking roadways
    – And now, the sudden use of polygraph testing machines first on officers themselves

    Sounds like we are gradually becoming an oppressive police state where are very privacies will be more and more invaded upon

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  3. Okay, we need everyone to look at the RCIP for what it is, an organization created to serve and protect the citizens of the Cayman Islands. This organization however, has undergone tremendous public embarrassment and demoralization. This action does not help. In my opinion, the RCIP now needs its Inspectors and Sergeants, with top down support, to focus on staff morale, pride, performance excellence, talent identification, non-performance redundancy process and a major public relations campaign.
    We have enough "cowboys" Mr Baines, please discontinue the ignorant statements and take on the role you were hired for, executive leadership.

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  4. Hmmmm, Jay. Please come down from here you are perched. Paranoia does not look good on anyone.
    You are coming off as a very sheltered person and have obviously forgotten how the island has gotten out of hand since who knows when.
    Have drugs, teenage prostitution, rape and other crimes slipped your mind??
    The public has had little to no faith in the RCIPS for decades and with this article, we are getting to see little by little that they do not hold power and should not abuse it because they are not the law, they are solely hired to to enforce it and protect. An honourable occupation in my mind. Let them do their background checks please! Bring in the brooms and swipe out house. The Commissioner seems to be doing his job, so don’t hate.
    Hopefully this way we (everyone that lives in the Cayman Islands) can regain faith in them and actual report crimes that we have all grown up learning how to turn a blind eye to.

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  5. Do not agree with this at all…as Polygraph tests are NOT scientific and are purely subjective, they are a tactic used to scare people to spill their guts…and usually the most corrupt persons are the ones who don’t have a problem passing, whereas people with a conscience may have trouble…so introducing a polygraph is introducing more havoc

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  6. Some very interesting comments here.

    Its easy for peeps to read into or out of, anything they choose, from any published article.

    The corruption investigations started by Governor Jack obviously divided public opinion in two opposing camps.

    One camp has consistently maintained that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the RCIPS, nothing wrong had been done to warrant the investigations, the RCIPS was being victimised and the investigations were a total waste of public funds.

    The other camp has consistently maintained that the evidence shows that the RCIPS has been a covertly corrupt organization for a long time and that these investigations were a late but necessary intervention to stop the rot, fix the system as much as possible and set a new path for the RCIPS.

    In this report, although the results of Operation Cealt has never been made public, in good old-style Caymanian fashion (cover up and deny everything), the Commissioner of Police has admitted the corruption that the investigations have uncovered and that this measure of introducing polygraphs is a first step in addressing it by ensuring the integrity, as much as possible, of all future and current employees of the RCIP.

    The opposition to these measures can look for more to p****s them off when the public commission on investigation of police complaints gets organised.

    The supporters will say, ‘well done, its about time’.

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  7. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office at it again!

    Still trying to establish their theme of CORRUPTION and pin it on the Cayman Islands, so they could have grounds for declaring their full British Rule upon us like they did to the Turks and Caicos Islands, dissolving their LA and taking over their treasury for their own interest…

    But of course, before they can do that, the Commissioner of Police must have grounds to bring in more British Officers. Of course, CORRUPTION IS EVERYWHERE.

    The history books are full of her deeds in other British territories.

    All to say, I have no problem with polygraph testing, because it is not accurate. What I have problem with, is the MOTIVE behind the testings.

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  8. Most peeps seem to equate police corruption with taking bribes, planting evidence, targeting citizens with personal vendettas etc, etc.

    History shows that the RCIP might have had very limited cases of this type of corruption over the years that has usually been prosecuted or punished when discovered.

    Members of the RCIPS have been suspected and accused of taking orders from powerful and influential figures, both political and private, outside the chain of command in matters that had nothing to do with the enforcement of the law or the dectection and prosecution of crime.

    This is a more corosive form of corruption that undermines trust in the police totally.

    With human rights legislation just around the corner, Commissioner Baines has no choice but to take the measures he is taking because from here on, any case of police corruption or misbehaviour proven will come with very heavy financial awards handed down to victims by the courts in the Cayman Islands.

    Editor’s note: This comment was edited for legal reasons.

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