Settlement ‘very likely’ in Dixon case

Sources close to the ongoing negotiations involving suspended Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon said last week that a resolution of the case was likely to occur “in the short term”.

Mr. Dixon was one of three top RCIPS commanders placed on temporary leave in March 2008 as a result of the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption investigation.

The resolution of the case was expected to involve a payment to Mr. Dixon, who was cleared of criminal allegations following a 2009 jury trial.

RCIPS officials have never said whether Mr. Dixon faced any disciplinary hearings in the wake of the Tempura investigation, or what the outcome of those proceedings were if they did indeed occur.

“Mr. Dixon has indicated his intention to institute civil proceedings against the Crown in relation to certain causes of action arising … out of an arrest on 15 May, 2008, and subsequent detention and prosecution,” a statement from Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor’s office read. “A resolution of this matter … is very likely in the short term.”

The Caymanian Compass contacted Mr. Dixon, who declined to comment on the issue until a final decision in his case had 
been agreed.

An open records request by the Compass made earlier this year revealed that Mr. Dixon – who has been 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 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 during 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 is the only remaining RCIPS commander who was “temporarily removed” from office during the Tempura probe whose situation has not been resolved.

Of the other 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. RCIPS officials have since directed all queries regarding Mr. Dixon’s continued employment in the police service to Governor Taylor’s office.

Mr. Taylor arrived here in January 2010, some months after the Operation Tempura probe had ended.

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  1. This story makes me ill! I can’t believe Mr. Dixon has been paid his full salary, pension and now suing for some obscene amount of money I’m sure!

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