New Police Commissioner
Today, His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO announced the appointment of Mr David Baines as the new permanent Commissioner of Police for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS). Mr Baines will take up his appointment on the 1st June 2009.
David Baines has had a distinguished 31 year career in the United Kingdom with additional cross-border experience in a number of European countries including Spain, Holland and Belgium.
Prior to taking up his appointment with the RCIPS, he was Assistant Chief Constable with the Cheshire Constabulary. In Cheshire he commanded 2,200 officers responsible for delivering the full range of policing services to the public in line with Cheshire's annual and three year policing plans. These services include major crime investigation, organized crime investigation, an economic crime unit, public order, and firearms/counter-terrorism capabilities. His work has involved close cooperation with criminal justice partners, in particular the Crown Prosecution Service, the Courts and Probation in order to deliver victim-focused services to the community.
Prior to his work with the Cheshire Constabulary, Mr Baines was Chief Superintendent with the Greater Manchester Police. Here he was recognised for developing a new model of community-focused policing that reestablished the trust and confidence of ethnic and inner city communities in the local police in challenging areas such as Oldham and Salford, following the worst race riots experienced in the United Kingdom.
As Superintendent in Greater Manchester, Mr Baines was Head of Corporate Performance. He was responsible for setting annual performance targets for the force based on feedback from the public and local stakeholders - and then for auditing and ensuring that performance was at the heart of dialing taskings and police operations. He has built on this experience in recent years to develop, in partnership with KPMG, a special programme called "Quest", which has successfully improved efficiencies in the Cheshire Police and has been recognized by the Home Office as a model of its kind in the UK.
Prior to Greater Manchester, Mr. Baines spent three years in the National Crime Squad (the forerunner of the Serious Organised Crime Agency) as a Branch Commander responsible for three specialist teams of officers totaling 75 detectives. During this time he dealt with major investigations focusing on international fraud, money laundering and corruption within the UK and other European countries.
Born into a policing family in Manchester, Mr. Baines began his career as a Police Cadet at the age of 16. He has gone on to take numerous general and specialist training courses in aspects such as firearms, public order, and diversity. In 2005 he was one of the top graduates of the National Strategic Command Course - the leading course for senior police officers in the UK. He will shortly complete the Master of Studies course in International Relations at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He sees education and training as vital and has recently developed with Chester University a university level training programme that provides a foundation course for new police officers.
In making today's announcement Mr Jack noted that the selection process had been very thorough and had involved a great deal of background research. Mr. Jack made special mention of everyone involved in the recruitment process from both the private and public sectors, in particular some thirty community members from all walks of life who gave up their time to participate in a series of focus groups which provided input to the recruitment panel members on the current challenges facing the RCIPS and the selection criteria for recruitment. Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs Deputy Chief Secretary, Mr Donovan Ebanks, who served as deputy chair of the selection panel, praised the new recruitment process: "The participation of private sector and community representatives worked extremely well and is a model for similar processes in the future."
In welcoming the new Police Commissioner the Governor said, "I am looking forward to working with David Baines. I am confident that he has the skills and experience to see through the modernisation of the police service and meet the needs of this community."
The Governor also paid tribute to the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Jim Smith. "Commissioner Smith has done an excellent job under very difficult circumstances," Mr Jack said. "His professionalism and dedication to the task set for him, particularly in relation to Operations Tempura and Cealt, has been a tremendous benefit to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the community."
Mr. Baines will be joined by his wife Anne. The couple has three children, the youngest of whom is currently at university.