Deputy Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Rudolph Dixon has officially retired from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service following the award of a settlement in a long-running legal dispute with the government.
The Caymanian Compass reported several weeks ago a settlement – purported to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – would be paid out to Mr. Dixon as a result of his involvement in the ill-fated Operation Tempura police corruption probe.
Mr. Dixon was one of three top RCIPS commanders placed on temporary leave in March 2008 during the investigation, but he was later cleared of all allegations following a 2009 jury trial.
In mid-August, a representative of Governor Duncan Taylor’s office issued the following statement on the matter: “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 further statement from the governor indicated a settlement had been reached, but the terms and amount of the payment could not be disclosed.
Reached Saturday, Mr. Dixon confirmed he had retired from the RCIPS, but declined to discuss the matter further at that time.
An open records request by the Compass made earlier this year revealed 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 required the deputy commissioner receive payment until his matter was resolved.
Mr. Dixon was the only remaining RCIPS commander who was “temporarily removed” from office during the Tempura probe whose situation had 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.