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Commissioner of Police Recruitment

HE The Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO

Press Release from the Office of the Governor

Community Will Help Select New Commissioner of Police

Thursday, 12 March 2009

In a move towards greater community involvement in Cayman's policing, the new Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner will now be selected by a panel including private sector representatives.

The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs (PIE), tasked with the recruitment by HE the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, established the new process and will assist the panel to take soundings from the community and other stakeholders so that they may hear what the community considers important in the area of policing.

The Governor will chair the recruitment panel which comprises lawyer and partner with the Maitland Group, Ms Sara Collins; accountant and Regional Managing Partner with Ernst and Young, Mr Dan Scott; PIE Deputy Chief Secretary, Mr Donovan Ebanks, who will serve as deputy chair; and PIE Strategic Advisor, Mr Peter Gough.

The panel will also include policing expert, Mr David Blakey from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in the UK. Mr Blakey was formerly Chief Constable of West Mercia Constabulary and President of the Association of Chief Police Officers. He also inspected the Bermuda Police Service and the Gibraltar Police. Mr Blakey recently produced a report for the Prison Service in 2008 on how illicit drugs get into prisons and is a Commissioner with the United Kingdom Drugs Policy Commission.

The Governor said, "I recognize that community stakeholder involvement is critical to the development of a modern effective police force. In this regard, the process and the recruitment panel for the new Commissioner of Police reflect those stakeholders". He further added, "An important part of modern policing world-wide increasingly involves citizens and customers in shaping the way they operate and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is no exception".

Mr Ebanks commended business community members for their participation. "We are extremely fortunate to have the services of Sara Collins and Dan Scott; they will bring a broad range of expertise to the selection process," he said.

Mr Gough predicted that "the community soundings will provide very useful information to the selection panel" and underscored the importance of empowering citizens through an enhanced role for the public's voice in policing.

The position, which has been advertised locally, regionally and internationally, has attracted 37 applicants from eleven different countries. Short-listed candidates will go through a two-day recruitment process on island in March and April. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will take up his or her duties in June, or July 2009.