Opposition: Explain police polygraphs

The Cayman
Islands opposition party leader publicly asked Monday for an
explanation from government officials on the reasons polygraph tests have been
administered to dozens of RCIPS officers in recent weeks.

“I don’t know what is the truth of
it,” George Town MLA Kurt Tibbetts said in the Legislative Assembly. “But certainly,
I believe we all need to have a clear understanding of that situation.”

Mr. Tibbetts said the longer
government delays an explanation, the more rumours will circulate and the worse
stories about the situation will become.

To date, neither the police
commissioner’s office, nor the police officers’ association, nor the Portfolio
of Internal and External Affairs have offered an explanation for the testing.

According to information obtained
by the Caymanian Compass, A number of Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
officers have been required to take polygraph tests.

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 that 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.

One source indicated that more than
40 police officers had been administered polygraphs.

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.

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