Walton named deputy police commissioner

The governor appointed Kurt Walton as the new deputy commissioner for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service on Thursday.

The governor Thursday announced Kurt Walton's appointment to deputy commissioner for the police service.
The governor announced Kurt Walton’s appointment to deputy commissioner for the police service.

Mr. Walton, who currently serves as chief superintendent for the RCIPS, will assume his new role on Sept. 29.

Amid heated criticism of the police service, Commissioner David Baines announced last month that he would step down one year before the end of his contract. The current deputy commissioner Stephen Brougham announced that he would leave at the end of his contract.

In a written statement, Governor Helen Kilpatrick said, “Chief Superintendent Walton provides an excellent example of a Caymanian reaching the highest levels in our public service. He is dedicated to the service of the Cayman Islands community and I am delighted that he will be joining the RCIPS Senior Management Team.”

In the same statement, Mr. Walton said, “I am honoured to have been selected for this position, and I look forward to being part of the strategic leadership of the RCIPS. I also look forward to working with the new Commissioner of Police to review the operations of the RCIPS and to contribute to recommendations for continuous improvements.”

The statement notes Mr. Walton will work closely with the current deputy commissioner “to ensure a smooth handover.”

The governor appoints the police commissioner and the deputy commissioner as part of her constitutional duties.

This story has been amended from the original.

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