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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The concept of free speech is the foundation upon which all other rights are based.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former police commissioner David Baines left the Cayman Islands this week insisting he was the victim of a baseless, politically motivated smear campaign.
Two veteran British police officers have been hired to fill crucial operational and investigative command roles at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camera nighttime images are poor quality, police officers say
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner David Baines will be leaving his post at the end of May.
“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.
The Cayman Islands remains in denial about many issues, including the problem of crime.
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.
When a tragedy occurs, a natural reaction is to look for reasons … then, failing that — to look for scapegoats.
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.
Kenneth Bryan does not agree with the outcome of his criminal trial this week, but he says he does not want his experience to influence how others deal with the police.
The Cayman Islands information commissioner and the former senior investigator of the ill-fated Operation Tempura police corruption probe have alleged that top local officials took steps during the last two years to block public access and scrutiny to records related to the Tempura probe.
The call for nominees for 2016 Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Awards was launched with a reception hosted by Governor Helen Kilpatrick at Government House on Tuesday night.
The last meeting of the Anti-Corruption Commission was on Feb. 13, 2015, a year ago Saturday.
The news that more armed police officers have been put on regular patrol shifts is not cause for alarm, or even concern, but is...
Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands
Even though we have no ice or snow on our roads, winter is the most treacherous time of year to be driving in the Cayman Islands. The culprit responsible for the heightened danger on our streets isn’t Mother Nature, but alcohol consumption, carelessness and risk-taking.
Dart handed over a special Christmas gift to the police’s Special Constabulary on Christmas Eve with the donation of two Land Rovers to be used in road safety operations.
Both Cayman's premier and opposition leader got litigious over the 2013 general election during 2015.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has seen close to double the number of vehicle accidents during its holiday season traffic crackdown than it recorded in the typical month during the rest of 2015.
The recent revelation made by Police Commissioner David Baines — that suspected corrupt police officers are under investigation over the theft of $1 million in drugs from the George Town Police Station — could be cause for greater confidence in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service or, potentially, the reverse.
Suspected corrupt police officers are under investigation over the theft of more than 50 kilograms of cocaine and ganja from the George Town Police Station, Commissioner David Baines has acknowledged.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has added seven new officers to its ranks.
The Cayman Islands has a reputation for being a hotbed of corruption, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
The Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission is actively investigating 12 cases of corruption, and incoming complaints have dropped by more than half since 2012-2013.
The appeals against sentence of three men who pleaded guilty last year to the 2014 New Year’s Day robbery of Diamonds International jewelry store were dismissed on Monday.
Uniformed police officers will get an annual raise of $3,000 to $5,000 under the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s adjusted budget, Police Commissioner David Baines told his officers at their all-staff meeting Tuesday.
Seven police officers, along with the Air Operations Unit and the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force, received commendations from the Commissioner of Police Tuesday at the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s annual all-staff meeting.
Veterans from two world wars and men who lost their lives at sea were honored Sunday in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Veterans and Seafarers Association members attending included those who served in World War II as well as Home Guard who performed distinctive service at home during the war.
Cayman’s opposition party leader is demanding a private meeting with the police commissioner and deputy governor to discuss the status of a criminal investigation into the theft of large amounts of cocaine and ganja from a police storage bin earlier this year.
Commissioner of Police David Baines has denied being involved in any conspiracy to unseat former Premier Mckeeva Bush as the elected leader of the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Islands Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush has filed a lawsuit against Police Commissioner David Baines and former Governor Duncan Taylor alleging they conspired to depose him as Premier of the Cayman Islands. In a writ of summons, filed with the Grand Court on Wednesday, attorneys acting for Mr. Bush claim the criminal investigation and charges laid against him were politically motivated.
Opposition lawmakers took the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to task Thursday for what they alleged was an attempt to “hide” and to “lie” to the public regarding the theft of drugs from the George Town Police Station this summer.
With pugilistic skills that might serve him well on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, slugger Alva Suckoo, MLA from Bodden Town, will be battling it out with policeman Michael “Bobby” Peart (better known to fight fans as “Bobby the Brawler”) Saturday night at the Lions Center.
New legalized marijuana retailers in the United States, and the potential legal consequences for the Cayman Islands financial services industry, provide a ready reminder of our islands’ interconnectedness with the wider world.
Commissioner of Police David Baines says the Caribbean region is not immune to the threats stemming from global terrorism.
Boys perhaps as young as 13 or 14 were likely responsible for an overnight armed robbery Friday at a central George Town business, the store’s manager said following a review of closed circuit television footage.
Civil service leaders insist they are still seeking to address concerns over pay inequality across government.
Tackling a rising number of burglaries and dealing with violent crime rather than handing out speeding tickets are the key priorities for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Reforming legal aid would help reduce delays clogging up the courts, according to Police Commissioner David Baines.
The U.K. adviser's new report on criminal justice in the Cayman Islands is rather "understated." But that doesn't mean we should understate its importance.
A system of on-the-spot fines and formal warnings should be used to deal with low-level offenses, including smoking ganja, Police Commissioner David Baines said.
Almost $1 million in loans from unnamed private companies have been re-assigned as sponsorship income in the Cayman Islands Football Association’s 2013/14 accounts.
Long-serving public school teachers who have not seen pay increases in several years will get one this year.
We don't disagree with the objection that the Anti-Corruption Commission has the wrong people on it. But our primary concern is more fundamental: The commission doesn't have enough people on it.