The Caymanian Compass received a number of
angry phone calls and critical website comments at www.cayCompass.com over the
last several days regarding the reappointment of Royal Cayman Islands Police
Commissioner David Baines.
To be honest with readers, we had – prior
to Governor Duncan Taylor’s announcement on Thursday evening regarding Mr.
Baines’ new four-year contract – been fully expecting the commissioner to be
reappointed for at least a further two years.
So, some of the public vitriol regarding
this decision left us a bit bewildered.
We would ask everyone to step back a few
paces and consider the situation from a practical standpoint.
Advertising Mr. Baines’ job and, at this
stage, actively searching the globe for qualified candidates to take his place
would be extremely difficult – to put it mildly – given the level of public
corruption-related probes that are ongoing in the Cayman Islands. Don’t forget
that before Mr. Baines arrived, the police service went through a series of
short-term police commissioners which, when coupled with the disastrous
Operation Tempura investigation, left the RCIPS disorganised and demoralised.
The Cayman Islands simply can’t afford to
have that happen again.
Yes, Mr. Baines and his department need to
do a much better job at dealing with the public, the media and, internally,
with their own officers. We don’t believe anyone can question that.
However, the public should appreciate the
difficult position, not only Mr. Baines, but all local police officers are in,
particularly at the moment.
You may not like the man or woman who wears
the uniform, but again we urge the Cayman Islands public to respect that
uniform and continue to support our local police and the commissioner.