Irish cop appointed Cayman commissioner

Derek Byrne

A veteran of the Irish national police force Garda Siochana has been named as the new commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

He takes office with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) from November 2016 on a four year contract.

Derek Byrne, the assistant commissioner of “the guards” – as Ireland’s national police service is sometimes called – has supervised operations and strategical command for serious and organized crime incidents and investigations for the last eight years.

The Dublin native has a 36-year career in law enforcement. He joined the guards in 1979 and was appointed as assistant commissioner of national support services there in May 2007, according to the Irish national police website.

Mr. Byrne attended Queens University in Belfast, North Ireland and has trained with both the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation at Quantico, Virginia and with Scotland Yard during his career. He also holds a diploma from the National College of Ireland in management and industrial relations.

“The complexity of policing leadership, by its very nature, brings with it great responsibility to lead with confidence, inspiration and integrity,” Mr. Byrne said. “I am committed to ensuring that the RCIPS will work in partnership with communities across the Cayman Islands to deliver a policing service that has the trust and confidence of the communities it serves. A service that is accessible, visible, mobile and responsive, where policing is delivered in a transparent, accountable and ethical framework supported by robust governance structures.

“Within my first month I will visit all of the Islands to meet with community leaders, community groups and business leaders to obtain a first-hand account of policing requirements on the Islands which will feed into and inform future strategic planning and the direction of the policing service.”

Mr. Byrne was selected from a final “short-list” of three candidates, which also included a British and an American candidate, the Cayman Compass has learned. There were no Caymanian applicants who made the final short-list, after Cayman’s two most senior ranking officers, Anthony Ennis and Kurt Walton, said they hadn’t applied for the job.

Mr. Byrne is the first non-U.K. and non-Caymanian police commissioner to serve the islands in more than a decade. The vast majority of Cayman’s former police commissioners have hailed from the U.K.



  1. Congratulations, Mr. Byrne, and a warm welcome to the Cayman Islands as ” TOP COP”
    Wishing you the best of all we have to offer, including our ” Friendly people, hot sun, white sandy beaches, and cool salt water”
    Looking forward to good police and community spirit as we continue to make Cayman a better, safer and happier place to live.


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