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.