Former police commissioner Jim Stowers dies

Former Police Commissioner Jim Stowers, who served in the post during the early 1980s, died at home in Devon, England, last week. He was 90. 

Mr. Stowers, who also served as head of the Criminal Investigation Department, was commissioner during the royal visit in 1983. 

He was personally awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for “distinguished service in the British and colonial police”. 

Dick Arch, the former chairman of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority board of directors and a friend of Mr. Stowers, said he was saddened to learn of his death. 

He said Mr. Stowers still had friends in Cayman and was well liked and respected in the territory. 

Sandra Stowers, the former commissioner’s daughter-in-law, said he had enjoyed his time in Cayman. He retired from the police force in 1985. 

She said, “Meeting the Queen and being personally awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, and the granting of the Royal prefix to the Cayman Islands Police Service was the highlight of his career.” 

Mr. Stowers died on Dec. 10 after a long illness. A funeral service will be held in his home town of Teignmouth on Saturday, 

Mr. Stowers served in the Royal Navy during World War II and later served in the merchant navy before joining the police force. He was acting assistant chief constable for Devon and Cornwall before he arrived in Cayman, according to a short biography written by local historian Viv Wilson in a Teignmouth newspaper. 


Former Police Commissioner Jim Stowers, left, with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during the royal visit to the Cayman Islands in 1983.

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