Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner David Baines has been named president of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police at a conference in Bermuda, according to news reports from the Atlantic territory.
Association members include Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Antilles, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Marteen, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands.
The new executive committee elected at the association conference included Mr. Baines as president, Commissioner Michael DeSilva of Bermuda as vice president, Commissioner Owen Ellington of the Jamaica Constabulary Force as second vice president and Commissioner Vernon Francois of the St. Lucia Police Force as secretary and treasurer.
According to reports in the Bermudian press, Mr. Baines said the Caribbean region has committed to supplying its police officers with trauma kits in their cars, to better protect officers and also to allow them to serve as first medical responders.
Mr. Baines said the Caribbean and Atlantic islands region faced “very different backgrounds”, according to reports in Bernews.
“Places like Bermuda and Cayman have a significantly wealthy infrastructure capability and background,” he said. “Other countries suffer severe poverty, while some of the benefits we are able to enjoy [are] not available to them. The scale and depth of their problem is not only greater, but their ability to respond to it is even more challenging.
“So the idea of bringing all these commissioners together has been to work collectively, share best practice and help one another … whenever possible.”