Police command changes put more women in charge

Three of the five day-to-day operational command posts within the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are now held by female officers, including a police superintendent’s position and the recently promoted commander of the Cayman Brac police station. 

Long-serving Acting Superintendent Angelique Howell had the “acting” removed from her title last week and is now full-time superintendent of operations under RCIPS Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton. 

Ms. Howell is now the highest-ranking female officer in the RCIPS. 

Starting last month, Inspector Wendy Parchment began her tenure as the new area commander for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 

A 28-year veteran of the force, Ms. Parchment has served at all three district police stations on Grand Cayman. 

She is only the second woman in the past 17 years to run the Cayman Brac police station and is one of the RCIPS’s first female commanders to be qualified in critical incident management and firearm incident command. 

“I am excited to be working on the Sister Islands and am looking forward to working with community leaders to solve problems,” Ms. Parchment said. 

Ms. Parchment has replaced Chief Inspector Frank Owens, who has moved back to Grand Cayman to take over operations at the West Bay Police Station. 

In George Town and Bodden Town, there have been no changes, with George Town area commander Chief Inspector Claudia Brady remaining in that post and Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks supervising the eastern districts. 

Despite the advances at the command level for women, the top echelon of the police service in the Cayman Islands is still largely dominated by male officers. The police commissioner, two deputy commissioners and chief superintendent posts are all held by men. 

Superintendent Howell is the only female officer of that rank among a total of four. 

Inspector Parchment

Inspector Parchment

Ms. Howell

Ms. Howell