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November's Top Employee

L-r: Deputy Chief Officer, Mr. Wesley Howell; Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon.; Detective Constable, Ms Ingrid Spence; Chief Officer Mr. Eric Bush, JP; Commissioner of Police Mr. David Baines, OBE; and Chief Human Resources Manager, Ms Briana Ebanks

Dedicated to serving the people of the Cayman Islands for 18 years, Detective Constable (DC) Ingrid Spence, of the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit (FCU), is already a force to be reckoned with.

So it was no surprise to her colleagues that DC Spence netted the Deputy Governor's Employee of the Month award for November 2013 for always striving to bring her best to her work.

Congratulating her, the Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP, said: "Your dedication to your work has been exemplary and has played a significant part in your selection. Keep up the good work!" He added, “This recognition symbolises and reinforces the values and standards that we expect all staff to exhibit.”

As a detective constable within the FCU her daily responsibilities involve directing and investigating complex fraud matters, and assisting numerous local and international agencies. Her investigative acumen and persistent efforts distinguish her work within the Islands, but also when she collaborates with organisations in other jurisdictions, notably the United States (US).

Whether it is for simple or complex fraud cases, DC Spence consistently employs the same level of dedication, initiative, professionalism and follow-through.

As the liaison between the CI Monetary Authority (CIMA) and FCU, she submits quarterly reports on counterfeit currency matters. Her efforts to combat forged currency also involve close cooperation with the US Secret Service and CIMA.

Of equal importance to her role is a focus on public education. She plays a vital part in organising special presentations and educational seminars to the public and private sectors, as well as other law enforcement agencies. Organisations she has dealt with in this capacity include CIMA, local financial institutions, the Chamber of Commerce, the US Secret Service and De La Rue, the world's largest commercial banknote printer, which also supplies the Cayman Islands' currency.

From a professional development viewpoint, this former 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher, and subsequently supervisor, is keenly aware of the importance of continuing education and is presently training to be a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

She had previously received an award in December 2011 from her employer, for her dedication and 'outstanding investigative' skills.

Commenting on her awards, Ms Spence said, "I am extremely humbled and honoured to be the recipient of such prestigious awards. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my hard work, because I'm very sure that other nominees for this award were all capable of winning."

She added, "I could not have achieved this award without the inspiration I have received from my superiors / colleagues, for whom I have deep respect. Once again, I sincerely thank the Deputy Governor, the Chief Officer and my Supervisors and everyone involved for the bestowal of these accolades."


For further information contact: Bina Mani