Ever since Commissioner David Baines and two of his senior officers, Superintendents Michael Cranswick and Robert Scotland, announced they were leaving their posts at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, they have been attending functions (usually in their honor) and saying long goodbyes to friends, acquaintances and well-wishers.
We suspect, however, that a private affair on Monday afternoon may have been the most meaningful to them. The Police Welfare Association organized a farewell luncheon at the George Town Yacht Club for the senior officers to be among their own. Dozens of policemen and women, as well as RCIPS support staff, gathered to say their goodbyes and offer their heartfelt best wishes.
A few mementos and gifts were given, a few (very short) speeches were offered, and a few moist eyes were spotted. It was the highest honor the three could receive – simply because it came from the people who knew them best, the officers they worked with every day.