2 Cayman police officers receive regional awards

Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne, centre, with Regional Recognition Awards Programme finalists Acting Police Sergeant Kenval Bryan, left, and Acting Chief Inspector Everton Spence. - Photo: RCIPS

Two Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers received awards last week when they were named as finalists in the Regional Recognition Awards Programme.

They received the awards at a gala held during the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police conference, which was hosted in Cayman this year. During each conference, a gala is held in honour of the Amalgamated Security Services Limited and the Regional Recognition Awards Programme’s winners are chosen.

The nominees for these awards are police officers who were put forward by their respective forces and services across the Caribbean.

There are three categories that officers can be nominated into: Top Caribbean Career Move; Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer; and Top Caribbean Crime Fighter.

Acting Chief Inspector Everton Spence was nominated for Top Caribbean Career Move after being recognised for his exceptional leadership and management skills. Shortly after being promoted to inspector, he was asked to act as chief inspector in charge of the Community Policing Department, as well as the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, all while pursuing a law degree, according to an RCIPS press release. On Wednesday evening last week, Spence placed third in the region for the category of Top Caribbean Career Move.

Acting Police Sergeant Kenval Bryan was nominated in the Top Crime Fighter category, and placed second in this award. Bryan has been a police officer for the past 11 years and has been a detective constable for eight years. “He has shown exceptional leadership and commitment to being an investigator and has recently been asked to be the deputy Area Commander for the Eastern Districts,” according to the RCIPS. There he will be in charge of the development of the new police probationers that will be joining his team.

Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said in a press release, “I am very proud of the work that goes on in the service and the dedication of our officers to developing professionally and working hard towards ensuring justice and safety for everyone we serve. Seeing two of our officers in the finals for this prestigious award just reaffirms our continued progress as a service, and gives me even greater hope for the future of the RCIPS.

“Most of all, I extend my warmest congratulations to both officers on their achievement. It is no mean feat to be nominated from among so many of their peers in the region.”

In previous years, the RCIPS has had several officers nominated, some of whom have won in the category of Top Caribbean Community Police Officer, such as Sergeant Cornelius Pompey in 2015, Acting Sergeant Odale Mulgrave in 2016 and Acting Sergeant Jonathan Kern in 2017.