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