(CMR) The inaugural meeting of the Police Service Commission, which was established to ensure an efficient and modern police service in the Cayman Islands, will take place on Friday, March 5.
The Commission was established under section 58A of the Cayman Islands Constitution (Amendment) Order 2020. One of the Commission's key roles is overseeing the appointment of staff to the ranks of Superintendent and above.
In line with the Constitutional Amendment Order, the Governor of the Cayman Islands will chair the Commission. Two members have been approved and recommended by the Premier and one by the Leader of the Opposition.
It is anticipated that the Commission will meet twice per year, but the Governor, as Chair, will call additional meetings if necessary to ensure the effective discharge of the Commission’s responsibilities.
The Police Commissioner will not be a member of the PSC, but it is expected that he will be invited to attend its meetings or particular sessions.
Governor Martyn Roper said: “I very much welcome the establishment of the Police Service Commission. It will support the Police Commissioner and his senior team in the strategic direction of the RCIPS. It will have an important role on senior appointments and strengthen good governance, accountability, and transparency. By doing so, it will support and ensure public confidence is maintained in the RCIPS. “
The Governor said while the Police Commissioner continues to do an excellent job, the Commission will provide additional support and hold him accountable for delivering RCIPS’s strategic plan.
“‘I warmly welcome the establishment of the Police Service Commission for the Cayman Islands, which will provide independent oversight of its national police service, RCIPS, reviewing its performance, effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy,” Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne said.
“I look forward to the opportunity to address the Commission to outline the vision and the planned strategic direction for the service for their input and support,” he added.
The Police Commissioner noted that “The RCIPS is moving through a cycle of transformation as it seeks to modernize and professionalize to meet the global and national crime threat and harm risk profiles and the rising expectations of the diverse and growing communities across the Cayman Islands.”
Those attending the Police Service Commission meetings are as follows:
HE The Governor – Chair
Richard Coles – Member
Richard Barton – Member
Lindsey Cacho – Member
Graham Hampson – Member
Andrew Munday, UK Overseas Territories Police Adviser – Member
Gloria McField-Nixon, Human Resources Adviser
Nancy Barnard, Commission Secretariat