DC Dixon has officially retired

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. 

Rudolph Dixon

Mr. Dixon


  1. Former Deputy Commissioner Mr.Dixon was NOT CHARGED and his life and career put on hold.

    Because Mr.Dixon is a Caymanian and the main victim and scape goat, he was not exonerated nor reinstated.

    John Jones from the UK WAS FORTUNATE AND WAS EXONERATED!because he is a whit Brit from the UK!.

    Caymanians need to talk to the UK and let them know we as tired of being suckers.

    Mr.Dixon should be the Commissioner of Police because he earned it, not just the Deputy but of course in order to make room for British police the bureaucracy calls for destroying the character and careers of our own more educated Caymaniann RCIP. God knows those Cayman Brackers and Dixon family have brains.

    I expected better of Governor Taylor.This is an injustice against our people. Mr.Dixon deserves Millions in damages not just a measly hundreds of thousands, for damage to his character and loss of career opportunity of one of the highest positions in this country and it was taken away from him and given to someone less qualified from the UK.

    Another injustice is the fact that as we followed this story in sympathy for Mr.Dixon’s plight as one of our own, that the Governor did not even show respect to Caymanians enough to even disclose the amount of the compensation payout to satisfy us that he was indeed compensated fairly reasonable. I suspect the payout was not the best since it is a cover up and may cause an uproar?.
    What will be the next injustice done to this country by the UK? These acts of discriminations spur division between X-pats and Caymanians and encourages them to treat Caymanians as inferior. We need to directly contact the FCO Office not through the premier’s website not through the Governor’s website but DIRECTLY CONTACT THE FCO’s Website and tell the FCO a piece of our mind.


    We are treated as less than dogs.

  2. Again the right of entitlement rears its ugly head. Time to realize we are entitled to nothing in this world. This guy is another reason that we just cant seem to get it right. It has nothing to do with being Caymanian. We just want to always blame somebody or something.

  3. I live in the UK and as a Brit I understand the plight of the Caymanian people.Our awareness of what happens in the UK territories is wnat sparked the crossfire story by the Daily mail on last weekend.
    Not everyone living in Cayman mean the people well, the majority are there for the sand, sea, fun, and mon.
    Stories that Caymanians are lazy is a fairy tale that is a pitch used by x-pats to divide, overtake and recover all the good treasures that belong to the Caymanian people.

    Are all contributors safe in making comments in these forums on a daily basis, you be the judge.
    People are being victimized left and right because of the loyalty of news media to the party leader of their choice.
    Yet these are the same people that will try to lead a revolution on human rights and try to dominate the forums by showing off their editorial skills to people they think very little of.
    God help the people of the Cayman Islands to survive the wolves planted among you.

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