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Another non-Caymanian COP would amount to failure, says Bush

“The motion says that now we must find a Caymanian trainee. Send him away to a good police school, send him away to New York, send him to a good police school to get training to be able to deal, it’s time, yes it’s time,” said Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush.

The issue of succession planning in the RCIPS is on the agenda for tomorrow’s special session of the Legislative Assembly (LA).

Mr. Bush told Cayman 27 police commissioner David Baines’ replacement needs to be a Caymanian.

He said it’s not his place to say who should lead the force, but he said another foreign recruit at the helm of our police force amounts to a failure.

Cayman 27’s Joe Avary posed the question in an interview last Friday (8 April).

“If we don’t have a Caymanian this time around, is it a failure?” asked Mr. Avary.

“It would be a failure,” was Mr. Bush’s response.

When Commissioner David Baines steps down at the end of next month, Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis will step up into the acting role until a new, permanent replacement is chosen.

However, the LA will likely have to wait to hear the motion, as government has indicated they will not be in attendance at Wednesday’s special session.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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  • The biggest problem with this Island is people like Bush. They believe the only people capable of knowing whats good for Cayam are people born and bread in Cayman. The biggest issue with the RCIPs is the locals they employe. Say what you want it is difficult to give a ticket our arrest someone you are related to. Most Cayman people are related in one way our another. For Example. Traffic enforcement on this island is a joke. I travel the world and have never seen more vehicles that do not meet road regulations. But yearly we have to have them inspected and certified. You can drive down any road in Cayman and find vehicles that tail lights don’t work. Let alone follow a RCIPs vehicle down the road that is following a local that neither have any idea what the turn indicator on their steering column is used for. The RCIPs can sit on any traffic circle on this island and write tickets until they have writers cramp over and over. Yes this is simple traffic stuff. This island has over 350 RCIPs officers. Bush thinking you can send someone out to a class room for a month out 2 and take over the lead on RCIPs is a joke. This is a position that cannot be tot in a class in a month out 2. so how long does Bush think we the island can wait to replace Baines.

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