Hurley’s Media Sales
News Politics

No confidence motion in police governance filed

Police Commissioner David Baines faces an uncertain future as politicians gather and say, enough is enough. A motion was filed today (23 March) by Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush and lists more than ten reasons why Cayman’s top cop has failed to do his job.

During a press conference at the Legislative Assembly, Independent MLAs Arden McLean and Alva Suckoo joined Mr. Bush to express their lack of confidence in the methodology and administration of the RCIPS.

Some of the main issues that the motion called into light includes a lack of police patrols, break-ins at George Town Police Station and allegations of discrimination, along with police not responding to calls.

The motion is calling on the governor to appoint an independent team to review police methodology and to identify a Caymanian to head the service.

East End representative Arden McLean says this is not a personal attack on any one member of the force, instead he is calling for a review of how the RCIPS operates.

During the press conference Mr. McLean said, “The governance of the police department forces is not in keeping with what we believe it should be. We also in addition to that we want a review of it and we want a Caymanian identified to eventually lead the force.”

Mr. Bush says there he fears what will happen if something is not done soon.

“It’s just too much crime that is not being dealt with properly, as far as I’m concerned it’s just a lot of PR, Public Relations, and our people are in jeopardy. Our tourism industry is in jeopardy and we can’t allow this to go on. Changes must be made,” said Mr. Bush.

The members wrote the to Speaker of the House requesting a sitting of LA to table the motion. A date for that meeting will be would have to be set by the Speaker. At this stage, it is unclear when the meeting will be held.

The last sitting of the LA was back in November. Earlier, a press release from the Office of the Premier stated that the House will meet on 25 April. It is unclear if the motion will be table then.

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

1 Comment

Click here to post a comment
  • Ladies and Gentlemen as a strong generational Caymanian I must weigh in on the matter re CoP. I applaud the Governor’s stance to support the CoP Mr. David Baines and I encourage all politicians to exercise restraint. Being a community and faithful Church of God member for 55 years I have seen plenty in Cayman. Let us take our emotions out of it and in light of the recent tragedies let us try for Heaven’s sake to be impartial. The bulk of the crimes we see taking place and chaos erupting in the educational system is all part of a growing cancer in Cayman (call it the SPIDER). WE have lost our way. As a people we have lost sight of our community spirit which caused our industries to flourish and grow and welcomed the mass to these shores. Perhaps we grew too quickly (explains Mount Trashmore- but that pales to the SPIDER) and as a country we failed to manage change well. We have to look to the family at a personal and individual level to see what’s going on. Moms and dads working 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet, out of control cost of living which places severe pressure on families, leveraging of extended family members like aunties and grandparents to help raise kids and in most cases nannies do the job. The young ones grow up in economically, socially and even spiritually starved environments and have little to no role models. Allot of them turn to gangs for support and accept the way of the streets.

    We have a case of 2 Caymans. Let’s face it. The haves and the have nots. Yes it exists in most countries but when you have 55,000 people rubbing shoulders that close you feel it much stronger.
    On the one hand, we have the rich lighter tone business oriented Caymanians – don’t need to call names but we all know who these powerful families are AND the mid to upper tier expats who have high disposable incomes according to global standards.
    On the other hand we have everyone else fighting for scraps and having to endure the bright lights of the stuff they just can’t afford, houses they can only look at and never given even an invitation to visit, fancy cars they will never drive, hotel rooms they can’t stay in- with their menial jobs and low standard of living. It’s within this context that our misguided youths are thrust and with low morals and few role models they succumb to vice- seek the easy way out to earn a quick dollar. Crime is rampant for lots of reasons but please please please put down the pitchforks and see and call the problem for what it is. We need to fix our broken society, TOGETHER and try to find ways to bridge the wealth disparity in Cayman and create opportunities for those most at risk and/or disadvantaged to come up in the world and break through their socio economic barrier. We need all levels coming together- church, community, private and public sector and call in international support if needs be!!!!!!!!!!!! But do it fast rather than waiting around for another consultant to describe how fat the cobwebs are. Nuts find the SPIDER.
    The police and its leader Mr. Baines are doing their best. It’s the system that we have so support it. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. We have no time to make a new baby- takes 9 month LOL !!!!
    Support the CoP and the police force. Work with them. Having spoken to many dedicated police officers who do a fine job day in and day in for LOW pay, they have such a hard time making cases because witnesses are either not reliable or don’t cooperate lest they be branded as “snitches”. If we kill the metaphorical SPIDER and stop clearing the cob webs we can solve a number of our country’s ills- not just crime but education, employment, and finance to name a few. Yes, having more productive citizens and residents will generate more wealth. It’s proven.
    The leaders of the country should focus on doing their part to locate the SPIDER and fix the problem. Why have they not held an LA meeting since Nov of last year? In any other profession they would be fired on the spot, yet they moan and complain like kids and want to de-stabilize the current enforcement system by doing away with the CoP Mr. Baines. This is crazy and some have a personal axe to grind against Mr. Baines (no names need to be called) but for God’s sake leave it alone and again focus on that SPIDER.

Eclipze – Face & Body
Kirk Freeport – July 2019
Tanya’s Kitchen
%d bloggers like this: