Police respond to cop bribery conviction

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said the conviction of a police constable for taking a bribe demonstrates that the police service will not tolerate corruption in its ranks.

Elvis Kelsey Ebanks, who has 12 years of service as a police officer, was found guilty last week of two counts of soliciting a bribe and two counts of breach of trust under the Anti-Corruption Law. The charges stemmed from Ebanks soliciting a bribe in November 2012 from a man suspected of stealing a mobile phone.

“The objective of the RCIPS is to uphold the law without fear or favour; to prevent and detect crime and bring to justice those who transgress the laws of the land.

“PC Elvis Kelsey Ebanks’s guilty verdict reached by the jury [Thursday] is another example that the RCIPS will not tolerate corrupt police officers,” the statement read.

It continued: “The RCIPS takes allegations of corruption against its officers very seriously, and will pursue any allegations against its officers who disobey the laws. Police officers are not above the law and will be held accountable if they disobey the laws.

“Unfortunately, this type of dishonest behavior smears the reputation of many of the RCIPS’s officers who are honest, trustworthy, hardworking and committed. The RCIPS will continue to strive to maintain the highest standards and professionalism and pride in our service to the public.”

Ebanks, who was granted bail, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17.

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