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Byrne aims to rebuild public trust in RCIPS

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Cayman’s new top cop Derek Byrne says he’s ready to lead the charge to reform the RCIPS. But the new police commissioner says one of his key priorities restoring the public’s trust and confidence in the service.

“There’s no one single big bang approach to fixing the problems. It requires a lot of work on the part of a lot of people,” says Mr Byrne on the state of play in re-shaping the RCIPS.

He says he’s been reviewing where the service is and where it needs to be and he has high hopes “that in time we will build our capacity and our capability and our resilience and we will be responsive.”

But with two murders for the year under investigation information slow in coming and Mr Byrne says it’s clear a major focus has to getting the public to open up to his troops.

“We have to build our intelligence gathering capability and again that comes back to public confidence in us and telling us what is going on in their communities. I don’t think the RCIPS can do everything alone,”Mr Byrne says.

The top cop’s formulating a business case to get more money for RCIPS and he’s hopeful the resources will be made available. He adds he’s reviewing current staff to put his succession plan in place.

“I understand it, I understand the requirement for it and I need to break it down and see how that will translate into our strategic plan,” the Commissioner says.

He says a human resource manager is being sought to address resource requirements.. He also says plans are in the pipeline to hold media briefings following serious incidents.

Mr Byrne took up office three and a half weeks ago. He was hired after the early departure of former commissioner David Baines earlier this year.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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