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.