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RCIPS succession planning questioned

RCIPS Commissioner David Baines’ abrupt departure from the roles as Cayman’s top cop will leave a hole in police leadership.

With Deputy Commissioner Steve Brougham set to leave in September, the race is on to find suitable replacements for both officers.

For Independent Bodden Town MLA Alva Suckoo, the vacancies raise the question of succession planning within the RCIPS. Commissioner Baines has served in the role for the last 7 years.

During a press conference at the LA last week, Mr Suckoo said, “If at this stage we have not prepared to put a Caymanian forward to lead our police force, then that is a sad thing to say. By now we should have prepared more than one Caymanians to take the leadership of the RCIPS.”

Mr. Baines is expected to end his role as Commissioner by the end of May. Once he leaves, Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis will be Acting Commissioner until a new person is hired.

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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

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