Anti-corruption charges involve police staffer

Local police have accused one of their own employees in connection with alleged misuse of confidential data – a problem that Police Commissioner David Baines said was “widespread” within the government.

The civilian staffer in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is on paid leave after corruption charges were filed against her Friday.

The RCIPS confirmed the woman was arrested following an investigation by the police Anti-Corruption Unit.

The probe is related to allegations of misuse of confidential police data systems, according to an RCIPS spokesperson.

The woman, who was not named by police, was charged Friday with two counts of abuse of public office and two charges of misconduct in a public office.

She’s due to appear in court Tuesday, 8 November. About one month prior to the charges being filed in this case – believed to be the first brought to the courts under Cayman’s Anti-Corruption Law – Mr. Baines spoke about the “blasé nature” in the Cayman Islands toward data handling and protection.

Making his remarks during a seminar hosted by the Cayman Islands Compliance Association held at the Westin, Mr. Baines made reference to an investigation where an RCIPS employee had allegedly solicited the Immigration Department for information about an individual’s immigration status for their personal benefit. Mr. Baines said there has been something of a wake-up call among local law enforcement agencies that have started to realise “there has almost been an endemic misuse of information”.

Since January 2010, the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission has received 26 complaints alleging some form of corruption, according to Mr. Baines. Two of those cases were investigated and found not to be in contravention of the Anti-Corruption Law. But they were still referred to other agencies because the latter were more appropriate to deal with the cases under disciplining standards or standard in public life.

Five cases have been investigated and concluded without any evidence of a breach or suggestion that corruption was proven and six cases have been “pended” because there was insufficient evidence to prove or disprove an offence.

Thirteen investigations were still active as of September, Mr. Baines said.

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  1. This reads like another example of one rule for some and another for everyone else.

    During 2008/2009 Officers from Operation Tempura appear to have selectively leaked information to one publication in an attempt to prop up their failing investigation.

    They may also (it still requires a proper investigation to determine whether or not this happened) have engaged in similar tactics to replace their locally appointed legal advisor with someone more sympathic to their approach to the law.

    A complaint relating to all this was dismissed by the RCIPS without investigation and that decision has been supported by the Governor’s Office.

    The Governor’s Office has also refused to re-examine the questions raised about the use of BGP during Operation Tempura despite the fact that more information has emerged suggesting a possible conflict of interests in the award of the contract.