Statement from Mr David George:
It is with regret that I leave the RCIPS this week having been Acting Commissioner for the last eight months. As I have said before, I have worked with, and been supported by, some extremely professional and conscientious officers and staff who have continued to work very hard under trying circumstances. I will miss them all.
It is unfortunate that Mr Royce Hipgrave will not be taking over the post. This is undoubtedly an unsettling and uncertain time for the RCIPS, and for the community as a whole. What is certain, however, is the commitment of the management team to ensure that business carries on as normal. Mr Ennis will be Acting Commissioner until a temporary replacement can be found and he will be supported by the wider Senior Management Team. I have extreme confidence in Mr Ennis’ ability to perform and fulfil the role in a highly professional and competent manner. The management team which supports him is strong and I do not doubt that the service will continue to go from strength to strength.
It is with regret that I must leave the RCIPS under these circumstances. When I agreed to take over the post it was for a temporary period of up to six months. I informed the Governor in August that I would be leaving in November and unfortunately, I have plans in place that I cannot change.
I am leaving with very positive thoughts of the Cayman Islands and the RCIPS. The service is a contemporary one which is made up of many dedicated and hard working individuals who are committed to keeping the Cayman Islands as safe as they are. The service is undoubtedly one of the best in the region and should be cherished by those living in these Islands. Residents should not become distracted by other events and should remain proud of the men and women of the RCIPS. The men and woman who make up this fine organisation deserve all the support and assistance you can give them.
In closing, I thank again all those who have supported me, both within the RCIPS and outside, and I offer the entire RCIPS all the best for the future.
Statement from Acting Commissioner of Police (designate) Mr. Anthony Ennis
I have been asked by H.E the Governor to fill the post of Acting Commissioner until a fulltime replacement is found and I have accepted this as my duty and professional obligations to the RCIPS provided that the process progresses in an efficient and timely manner.
I, like many of my colleagues, have invested a lifetime of service into the RCIPS and we are committed to consistently striving to enhance its services to the law enforcement and criminal justice communities.
To achieve the efficacious outcomes, we shall need the support and goodwill of all lawabiding citizens that share the common goal of ensuring that our beloved Cayman Islands remain a safe place to live, work and visit.
I am confident that the outgoing Acting Commissioner, Mr. David George has been effective in the last eight months together with the Gold Command Team in establishing clear strategic frameworks, including a service-wide policing plan that will allow the Gold Command Team and me to achieve these outcomes and fulfill the confidence and trust placed in us all by the leaders and the community.
To this end, I wish to publicly thank Mr George for his personal sacrifice that took him away from his family and for his outstanding contributions to the RCIPS and the Cayman Islands and offer him best wishes for the future.
Finally, I feel that it is important for me to say that I do not intend to apply for the vacant post of Commissioner of Police; however, I remain steadfastly loyal to the RCIPS, its members and the Cayman Islands and will do everything to ensure that the RCIPS remains a fit and capable organisation to meet existing and emerging challenges and I look forward to the appointment of the next Commissioner of Police.
May God continue to bless the RCIPS and the peoples of the Cayman Islands.
Deborah Denis 244-3004, 926-2145