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Governor re-appoints Commissioner of Police

The Governor has given a new contract to David Baines as Commissioner of Police, to run for four years from 1 June 2013, when his current contract expires.

The Governor commented:

“I am delighted that David Baines has accepted a new four year contract as Commissioner of Police. I believe that he has done an excellent job in challenging circumstances over the past four years. He has provided much needed effective leadership to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), which has led to a welcome and consistent fall in crime rates over the last three years. Yet there is still much to be done to bring crime down to the lowest possible level: I believe that Mr Baines is the right person to build on the foundations he has laid, to ensure that we continue to see falling crime rates in the next four years.

In reaching my decision to offer a new contract to Commissioner Baines, I consulted the civil society representatives on the National Security Council, Dan Scott and Brigitte Kirkconnell-Shaughness. They have commented that “As representatives of civil society we support the renewal of Commissioner David Baines’s contract for another four years. The crime level that the Cayman Islands is experiencing is unacceptable but we believe that the efforts of Commissioner Baines and the RCIPS have led to the successful prevention and prosecution of serious crime, though much work is still to be done.”

For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks