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Throne Speech 2003

Portfolio of Internal & External Affairs

Personnel

"The Personnel Department will assist the office of the Honourable Chief Secretary with preparation of new legislative and administrative arrangements to replace the existing General Orders and Public Service Commission legislation and regulations.

"The two Masters degree programmes - in Public Policy and Management, London University (UK) and in Human Resource Management, Portsmouth University (UK) - will continue to build up management expertise throughout the Public Service.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service

A review of the Royal Cayman Islands Police structure has been undertaken following the inspection by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary in January, 2002.

During 2003 greater emphasis will be placed on community policing and by the year-end, it is hoped that every district will have a community constable dedicated to problem solving in partnership with other agencies and the community itself. More authority will be devolved to District Commanders at George Town, West Bay, Bodden Town and Cayman Brac Police Stations and Central Police Station will be renamed George Town Police Station.

The responsive policing strategy will be implemented by district-based police vehicles. For example, the now centrally based Traffic Department will be divided and report to District Stations.

A new Specialist Support department will bring together the expertise in Drugs, Canine, CID, and Marine and be available to District Commanders as necessary.

The Commissioner of Police, David Thursfield, QPM, will retire during 2003. His successor will be Buel Braggs, RVM, CPM, currently Deputy Commissioner. Mr. Braggs will take up office in September, 2003, after undertaking the Strategic Senior Command Course in the United Kingdom.

While Deputy Commissioner Braggs is away, the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner, Rudolph Dixon, CPM, will be acting Deputy and, on appointment of the new Commissioner, will be promoted to the substantive post of Deputy Commissioner.

Superintendent Anthony Ennis will be acting Assistant Commissioner for that time and, similarly, on appointment of the new Commissioner, will be promoted to the substantive post of Assistant Commissioner.

Mr. David Thursfield will continue for a period as Police Advisor.

Immigration

The central focus of the Immigration Department in 2003 will be the preparation of a new Immigration Law.

The Department will focus its enforcement efforts on detection of unwanted visitors to the Islands and illegal workers, through the use of intelligence and enhanced information systems developed "In house".

At the airport, the Department will extend expedited immigration clearance to frequent visitors, including those who own homes in the Islands, through the Caypass system successfully launched in late 2002.

Cayman Islands Government Office in the United Kingdom

The Office will continue to cement links with the United Kingdom Government, national agencies and organisations, Westminster, the United Kingdom and international business sector, to focus attention on the Cayman Islands, improve contacts and promote business.

Government Information Services

In 2003, GIS will disseminate more government news by audio-video following the return in 2002 of a professionally qualified Caymanian videograph and video news reporter, after training in Europe.

There will be more emphasis this year on support for civil servants as they assume greater responsibility for media relations.

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