Police commend officers for bravery, proactive work

Among those awarded are two officers involved in the Blackbeard’s robbery case

Seven police officers, along with the Air Operations Unit and the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force, received commendations from the Commissioner of Police Tuesday at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s annual all-staff meeting. 

Retired Police Constable Hugh Cotterell received a commendation for bravery for following armed robbers from the scene of a robbery at Blackbeard’s liquor store in Grand Harbour late last year. The commissioner also commended the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force for their work recovering guns, including in the unit’s role in the Blackbeard’s case. 

Also commended in relation to the Blackbeard’s case, Senior Police Constable Rodrick Evans received recognition for his work in firearms operations. 

Police Commissioner David Baines commended PC Odale Mulgrave and PC Edward Tinling-Miller for their work as school resource officers at John Gray and Clifton Hunter high schools, respectively. 

PC Eugene Myles received a commendation for his work to revitalize neighborhood watches and neighborhood policing in West Bay. 

For investigating a complex case of abuse against children at a school, the commissioner gave a commendation to Detective Constable Terryanne Melissa Iton. PC Ishmael Leslie also received a commendation for proactive patrolling in George Town. 

PC Darren Kirchman received a commendation for proactive work recovering 125 kilograms of cocaine recently off East End and working with the community in the eastern districts to stop drug use. 

The Air Operations Unit also received a commendation from the commissioner, who cited the helicopter unit’s coordination with other units for policing, search and rescue and responding to medical emergencies.