New police commissioner heads to Brac

Derek Byrne

Cayman’s new Police Commissioner Derek Byrne heads to the Sister Islands on Friday for his first visit there since taking up the commissioner’s post on Nov. 7.

The commissioner is expected to meet with police officers and community members during the two-day trip, although no official community meetings have been scheduled for the visit.

The typically crime-free Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – with a combined total of about 2,000 full-time residents – have been experiencing what residents there have described as a “crime wave” during 2016.

Cayman Brac reported 12 burglaries in the first half of 2016, more than double the number usually seen in six months. Police commanders dispatched detectives from the main island to investigate the burglaries this year.

Mr. Byrne has spent his first two weeks on the job reviewing internal processes and procedures in the RCIPS and is expected to speak with the local press sometime next week.

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The Dublin, Ireland, native replaced former Commissioner David Baines who left his job in late May following a public dispute with some members of the Legislative Assembly over various policing issues, including the police response to a group of missing boaters earlier in the year.

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