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RCIPS: Officers not severely impacted by forced retirement

The Attorney General’s Chambers on Tuesday defended former Police Commissioner David Baines’s hiring and retirement decisions, as an appeal hearing continued into claims by former Caymanian police officers that they were discriminated against when forced to retire.
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Appeal begins for police discrimination lawsuit

An appeals hearing began on Tuesday involving former Caymanian police officers who claim they were discriminated against on the grounds of age and nationality when they were forced to retire or accept a demotion at age 55.

RCIPS officers’ discrimination claims rejected

A Cayman Islands Grand Court judge has rejected claims in a 2016 lawsuit that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service employed discriminatory practices in deciding which senior officers should be retired and when those retirements should occur.

Bush drops Florida court action against FCO staffer

Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has abandoned an attempt via the American courts to retrieve years’ worth of emails and other documents from a U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office employee as part of a lawsuit Mr. Bush filed in 2015 claiming wrongful prosecution.

UK official seeks to block disclosure in Bush lawsuit

A Miami-based U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office employee is opposing an application for disclosure in a civil lawsuit filed against former top Cayman Islands officials who were accused of conspiring to topple former Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush’s government in 2011-2012.

Police: Operation Tempura case closed

More than four years after criminal allegations were brought against former Operation Tempura senior investigator Martin Bridger, Mr. Bridger and his former second-in-command, U.K. police officer Richard Coy, have been cleared of any suspected wrongdoing.

Police force to increase to 450 officers

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is slated to hire more officers within the next three years than it ever has, according to government budget plans.

EDITORIAL – The case against reckless speech: Exhibit ‘Alden’

The concept of free speech is the foundation upon which all other rights are based.

EDITORIAL – New Year’s Honours: Going, going, ‘gong’

When the United Kingdom announced the annual New Year Honours, we eagerly scanned the list of names for Cayman Islands residents … But alas, this year, it seems, was not Cayman’s year.

Children lost at sea in boat tragedy

The tragic story of five boaters, including two young children, who went missing at sea in the early part of 2016 contributed to a public backlash against the police that prompted the early departure of Police Commissioner David Baines.

EDITORIAL — Year in review

Today we are featuring excerpts from some of the most interesting, compelling and entertaining editorials that have appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2016, on some of the most important issues facing our country.

New police commissioner heads to Brac

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.

Baines replaced in British Virgin Islands corruption probe

A police corruption probe in the British Virgin Islands is proceeding under new leadership following the departure of Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines.

EDITORIAL – Missing boaters: The police, Baines were right

The exoneration of police officers’ actions during the search for the five missing boaters is good news for law enforcement, and therefore good news for our country.

Baines departs citing political interference

Former police commissioner David Baines left the Cayman Islands this week insisting he was the victim of a baseless, politically motivated smear campaign.

Two UK police superintendents join RCIPS

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

Police say goodbye to their own

Ever since Commissioner David Baines and two of his senior officers, Superintendents Michael Cranswick and Robert Scotland, announced they were leaving their posts at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, they have been attending functions (usually in their honor) and saying long goodbyes to friends, acquaintances and well-wishers.

Police review, succession up to next commissioner

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick said Tuesday that all matters relating to general police operational reviews, as well as training and succession planning for Caymanian officers, will be left to the next commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

EDITORIAL – Cops vs. crime: Choose a side

In its purest form, the conflict between the police and crime has only two dimensions. We know whose side we’re on — the police. As for the allegiance of our legislators …

Police’s finest honored at gala

For exhibiting calmness, professionalism and restraint during dangerous situations involving firearms, veteran Police Constable Fernando Soto was honored as Police Officer of the Year during the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Outstanding Service Awards.

EDITORIAL – Democracy working as intended

The Speaker and the Premier are under no obligation to facilitate political grandstanding by minority MLAs eager to wrap themselves in the mantle of "parliamentary privilege."

RCIPS loses other senior commanders

At least two other senior Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers are due to depart in the next few months, in addition to Commissioner David Baines and Deputy Commissioner Stephen Brougham, the Cayman Compass has learned.

Cayman seeks new top cop, deputy

The Cayman Islands government is advertising to fill two of its top three police positions following the abrupt announcement of Police Commissioner David Baines’s departure from the service.

EDITORIAL – Crowd control: Congestion in our courts, prison

If there are two problems for which Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines could be held responsible — it’s clogging up our country’s courtrooms and Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward.

UPDATE: No shows thwart emergency LA meeting 

All eight elected members of the Progressives political party did not attend an emergency meeting of the Legislative Assembly Wednesday morning, leading House Speaker Juliana O’Connor-Connolly to adjourn the meeting and summons the missing members to appear later in the day.

CCTV did not catch North Side burglars

Camera nighttime images are poor quality, police officers say

Three BVI police officers charged in Baines-led probe

A corruption investigation in the British Virgin Islands led by Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines put three BVI-based officers in court Tuesday.

Governor says Baines is owed payout

Outgoing Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines is due his final year’s pay and benefits – including more than $130,000 in salary – following his separation from the police service a year before the end of his contract, according to Governor Helen Kilpatrick’s office.

EDITORIAL – Baines departure: A loss for the Cayman Islands

In a laboratory, there are certain chemicals that, individually, are benign or even beneficial — but, when combined, create nitroglycerine. In the real world, two such substances are politics and policing.

Police Commissioner Baines to leave post by end of May

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick announced the departure of Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines by the end of May in a surprise public statement Tuesday afternoon.

Baines to leave post as commissioner at end of May

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner David Baines will be leaving his post at the end of May.

EDITORIAL – Police and crime: ‘Lack of confidence’ – in lawmakers

“Lack of confidence” motions are serious parliamentary business. However, the particular motion being brought by independent and opposition lawmakers against Police Commissioner David Baines is not.

EDITORIAL – The problem with crime in Cayman

The Cayman Islands remains in denial about many issues, including the problem of crime.

Governor backs Baines despite ‘lack of confidence’ motion

Governor Helen Kilpatrick in a statement Wednesday, said, “The RCIPS and its leadership have my support and confidence,” in response to an announcement by independent and opposition legislators that they intend to bring a legislative motion of “no confidence” in the governance of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

EDITORIAL – Missing boaters: A regrettable response to the police response

When a tragedy occurs, a natural reaction is to look for reasons … then, failing that — to look for scapegoats.

Baines rebuffs ‘litany of accusations’

Alleging misconduct and “inadequate performance” by Cayman’s top police officer dating back to 2009, West Bay MLA Bernie Bush filed a formal complaint against Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines last week.

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