Awards gala draws a crowd

The Cayman Islands Police Welfare Fund is about $50,000 richer thanks to a black-tie gala held last Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

More than 400 people attended the $150-a-plate event, including Governor Duncan Taylor, Premier McKeeva Bush, and Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam.

Police Commissioner David Baines said he appreciated the “overwhelming support and generosity” of those who attended.

Among those awarded were Senior Police Constable Davis “Scottie” Scott, who won the Police Officer of the Year Award. PC Scott was honoured for the significant role he played in a number of high-profile investigations in East End.

Garnet McLaughlin won the award for Support Staff Member of the Year.

Staff of the Caribbean Club received the Community Award for their part in the apprehension of two men on their premises with a firearm earlier this year.

Special Constabulary Sergeant Craig Coe won the Special Constable of the Year Award for his work with the management and deployment of special constables.

Detective Inspector Winston Forth won the Diversity Award for his dedication to the RCIPS in working with young people, schools and community events.

The Sister Islands Police Staff were given the Police Welfare Award for their donation of almost 1,000 hours in accrued time off to a colleague whose son needed medical treatment in Miami.

The officer had used up all of her vacation time, so her colleagues pulled together to give her their own accrued time off, allowing her to spend time in the US with her son as he underwent treatment.

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Staff of the Caribbean Club were presented with the first-ever Community Award presented by the Royal Cayman islands Police Service.
Photo: Brent Fuller

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Garnet McLaughlin of the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is the police service’s Support Staff Member of the Year.
Photo: Brent Fuller

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From left, Anne Baines, Betty Baraud and Police Commissioner David Baines enjoy the evening.
Photo: Brent Fuller
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