Two UK police superintendents join RCIPS

Appointments slightly restructure police service

Two veteran British police officers have been hired to fill crucial operational and investigative command roles at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Supt. Peter Lansdown
Supt. Peter Lansdown

Detective Superintendent Peter Lansdown will take over specialist operations, including the Criminal Investigations Department, Financial Crime Unit, the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force and the Joint Intelligence Unit.

Superintendent Robert Graham will oversee police district operations with responsibility for regular patrols, armed units, the Joint Marine Unit, the Traffic Unit and neighborhood policing.

Both men started work at the RCIPS on Thursday.

The move essentially divides the local police service operations into two distinct areas – detective and investigative services and uniform/patrol services – with Mr. Lansdown taking over both financial crimes and chief detective roles previously managed by two police superintendents

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Mr. Graham also takes over the responsibilities previously shared between two RCIPS superintendents, Robert Scotland and Angelique Howell. Mr. Scotland left the force last month. Ms. Howell is persuing her law articles at a local firm and may be returning to the police service.

The appointments of Mr. Graham and Mr. Lansdown were made by former Police Commissioner David Baines prior to his departure from the service on Tuesday.

Supt. Robert Graham
Supt. Robert Graham

“It was decided that a slight realignment between the two key operational commands is more appropriate to meet existing challenges, leadership gaps and operational demands,” Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis said. “The command structure remains dynamic and flexible to accommodate any changes the new commissioner of police might pursue.”

Cayman is in the process of hiring a new commissioner to replace Mr. Baines. Interviews for short-listed job candidates are expected to take place in July or August.

Meanwhile, RCIPS Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton is preparing for a promotion to deputy commissioner in September. It is not clear whether the police intend to keep the chief superintendent’s role, but officials have indicated that would be left up to the new commissioner.

Mr. Lansdown, from London, is a detective with 32 years’ experience in the Metropolitan Police Service where he was promoted to detective superintendent and supervised more than 100 detectives. He has headed detective training at Scotland Yard.

Mr. Graham served in Kent as head of the police intelligence unit and the police special branch. He also managed the police borough in Maidstone, Kent, responsible for more than 300 officers and civilian staff. He was seconded in 2006 to an Australian police force.

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  1. I wish them both success, and to not to go out dining with politicians.
    Although the Local police service will be divided in two areas; I see it as a good thing that was necessary.
    Both areas will require lots of improvement. The staffing is good but literally they have nothing to work with except a baton and flashlight, especially the marine Units patched up un equipped fleet , while we brag of a 400 dollar million surplus.
    To the officers that will be under their command, remember one thing, team work is the key to success in any business. New Heads, yes, but an English man is easy to work with because he believes in fairness and rewards for hard work.

  2. bringing in two probably retired UK Superintendents isn’t going to change a lot in cayman. Losing people of the calibre of Robert Scotland and others over the years is a serious blow to any chance of that. With the expected increase in work for the financial crimes unit as the ‘world standard’ ownership issues ramps up and the FCU being the conduit, alongside the Joint Intelligence unit, then you might need an Assistance commissioner at the very least to oversee all this. But, I forget, this is a police service which looks after around 50K residents (ex pats and Caymanian) so, equates to a small town everywhere else where, apart from the above central services, the only addition is a marine unit to stop pesky neighbours sending naughty drugs to our shores and a helicopter with one pilot. (BTW: Just a suggestion, but id Ex Commissioner Kernohan has his Helicopter Licence, ask him to come back….. then again, maybe not, eh?)
    I have heard rumours that they have been brought in to add some backbone to a potential non UK Commissioner.
    Both men will need lots of backbone, think skin and staying power – good luck Gentlemen.

  3. Caymanians have no one to blame when they put down their apron and move out of the kitchen because of the heat. You want to be a Chef; then expect some fire, otherwise, do bedrooms.
    There is no one else to blame for things that go wrong in this country but our leaders. Most and majority of them only think about themselves and their friends, they are selfish and money greedy. They care about no one else, and just talk talk on radio shows to revel up the dark minds. They are two-faced. When people come here to work they are greeted with one face and underneath there is another.
    I love my country dearly but what I see happening here for the past twenty five years is disturbing. So unless the people who lead us decide that that they will be true leaders and cut out the undermining tricks, nothing will get any better. Yes foreigners have their share of doing what “they can get away with” but they are given that opportunity by Caymanians. Foreign people that come here are EXPOSED” to the bad, good and ugly, and they bring that with them, hoping for the chance to expose one of the three. Then it is given to them on a platter; so who to blame . We need to spend some time comforting those who have gone wayward, visiting the children who are in boys and girls homes, encourage the young people that it will get better instead of sitting in on talk shows every day seeking popularity vote. We that have the strength and time need to do better..

  4. This is no less true here in America, Twyla. We like to forget the kids in group homes and the disabled who cannot earn a living. We get all caught up in the petty arguments of politicians. There are people here in South Carolina who are suffering that simply need someone to care enough about them to reach out and help, but this is far easier said than done! Even when we do reach out, results are never guaranteed, but it is our duty to try!