A Cayman Islands Deputy Police Commissioner off the job since late March 2008 has been paid $359,147.29 in salary and monthly pension contributions while he was not working, according to pay records provided to the Caymanian Compass under a Freedom of Information request.
Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon was placed on required leave from the department on 27 March, 2008, during the ill-fated Operation Tempura investigation.
The RCIPS has released salary ranges for Mr. Dixon, which the Compass has reported on previously (see 16 March editions ‘More than $300,000 paid to suspended cop’). However, it has just been made public the exact amounts paid in salary and pension to Mr. Dixon.
According to the records, the suspended deputy commissioner was paid $306,706.75 in base salary between April 2008 and March 2011, including back pay and acting pay emoluments received in 2008.
Pension payments for Mr. Dixon over the period totalled $52,440.54, according to the RCIPS pay records.
Police disciplinary policy requires that the deputy commissioner receive payment until his matter is resolved.
Mr. Dixon was “temporarily removed” from office along with two other senior commanders caught up in the Tempura probe.
One of the other two commanders, former Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, was eventually fired from his job when he refused to return to the Islands at the governor’s request. He has since sued the Cayman Islands Government for wrongful termination.
The other man, Chief Superintendent John Jones, was exonerated and reinstated. Neither Mr. Jones nor Mr. Kernohan was ever arrested or charged in connection with alleged criminal activity during the Operation Tempura investigation.
Mr. Dixon was cleared of charges related to official misconduct and intending to pervert the course of public justice in October 2009. Mr. Dixon was accused in separate instances from 2003 and 2004 of ordering the release of criminal suspects without justification.
Following that acquittal, RCIPS Commissioner David Baines said Mr. Dixon would remain on paid leave pending the completion of police disciplinary enquiries. A year and a half later, it appears the suspended deputy commissioner’s fate is still uncertain. RCIPS officials have since directed all queries regarding Mr. Dixon’s continued employment in the police service to Governor Duncan Taylor’s office.
Mr. Taylor arrived here in January 2010, some months after the Operation Tempura probe had ended.
The head of the governor’s office, Steve Moore, said in mid-March that talks between Mr. Dixon and the police were continuing but that as far as he was aware, the deputy commissioner’s paid leave status had not changed.