Governor won’t release CoP short list

| 17/08/2016 | 37 Comments
Cayman News Service

Governor Helen Kilpatrick inspects RCIPS officers on parade

(CNS): The recruitment process for the next commissioner of police has ended and a candidate has been selected, but the governor’s office will not be releasing details of the shortlist of candidates for the post to allow the public to see the field from which the next police boss emerged. An official from Governor Helen Kilpatrick’s office confirmed that the “interview process has been completed” and referred to formalities that have also to be completed before a public announcement can be made, but they expected it to happen shortly.

However, officials said that “as it is not standard HR practice to release the personal details of unsuccessful candidates, the governor does not intend to do so”.

Given the importance of the job and the public interest in who will head up the local police service, during the recruitment process in which David Baines was selected, the shortlist of candidates was released, allowing the public to compare the field.

For the current CoP recruitment, despite concerns that public pressure had forced Baines to resign and that this would dampen the attraction of the job, more than fifty candidates applied. Unconfirmed sources have told CNS that at least three candidates were in the final running.

Political and public pressure to find a local to head up the service means that all eyes will be on the successful candidate after at least one unidentified Caymanian reportedly applied.

The current acting commissioner, DC Anthony Ennis, who many believe has already improved things at the RCIPS since he took over after Baines left earlier this year, has confirmed he did not applied for the job.

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  1. Soldier Crab says:

    I live in hope that Derek Haines applied and got the job.
    Of course it would mean bending the rules on retirement age; but what’s new about that?

  2. Sucka Free Cayman says:

    Yes 5;48pm you are absolutely right the rank and file are low level and foreign because that is exactly how our colonial master who are in full control of the police service likes and wants it to be especially when it comes to dealing with us troublesome criminal natives. They do also hire and bring in high level proffessional staff specifically to deal with their very own.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is spelt “professional”. We should never take anybody seriously that can’t spell this work correctly!

      • Anonymous says:

        What about someone who spells “spelled” as “spelt”?

        CNS: “Spelled” and “spelt” mean the same thing. They are both past participles of the verb “to spell”.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why do we even have a list? Is this woman daft. For the first time since Derek Haines left, we have a senior management team that understands their constituency and appear to have a plan, besides cocktail parties, to reduce crime in Cayman.

    This Governor will now disrupt something that is working and install her hand picked COP who will come here and have no clue how to infiltrate the bad guys and cannot gain the confidence of the populace to get the information needed to solve crimes.

    Do I really have to listen to a COP moan and bitch because the general public is not coming forward and solving crimes on their behalf? There is a reason people do not trust these imported big city COPs enough to come forward and that is because history tells us that they are not discrete enough to keep them anonymous and the person they are reporting will know their names in short order.

    This is a small society, we do not need big city policing tactics down here because they do not work. The people doing the job now should be allowed the time to show that their plan will work, even if they have to do it while working as the acting COP.

    • Anonymous says:

      The trouble here is that the RCIPS also end up not just policing, but also being border patrol, customs and excise,social and other problem solvers which detracts from true police work, as those services are either underfunded or do not exist. If we could get that sorted, the police may well function better.

    • Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. says:

      Agreed, and if we get yet another “imported thoroughbred” I will not be surprised, very disappointed, and seeing more “jobs for the boys” in play once more.

  4. Susie A says:

    Who does she think she is We have to pay this stooge, its our money after all

  5. Wheelin Skiddin says:

    Gobi fi Commish!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who takes this job-especially from foreign- is doomed to failure because of our intellectually limited and bigoted MLAs like XXXX, and our disagreeable “all for me” ones like XXXXX. That’s why Ennis would not touch it – he’s smart. If you offered him a contract that said “no nasty insulting harassing innuendos in Parliament about how I’m doing my job and the fact I wasn’t born here”, you never know. Charles Clifford is also too smart to take it. It’s only naive foreigners and they will only last so long when they realise how retarded some of the attitudes to policing are and how low level the ability of so many of the rank and file. Ennis is SMART.

    • Anonymous says:

      Booya, 5:48! Nailed it!

    • Anonymous says:

      @5.48 Man it did not take you long to show your bigoted view of our MLAs, and then throw out these biased views as if they are fact . Shame on you. By the way if there are many of the rank and file that are of low ability then this is a reflection of the recruiting and training practice of the previous Commissioners of Police and as we know the most three recent ones have all been English. Now make of that what you will.

    • Anonymous says:

      I totally agree and believe that Anthony, given the opportunity, can get more done in the less political role. Now let’s see if the recruitment process brings us the best for ALL instead of, as in the past, the best SOME. The govenor has allowed Premier Work Permit Revenue to systematically ignore and break our immigration laws, but let’s see if she does the best for us here.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Strange request …suppose the short listed candidates did not inform their employers they were applying for the COP post.

    Thank you CIG another good decision.

    I am confident the panel which was the best I have seen yet will make the right decision.

  8. MI6 in Paradise says:

    Cayman will get another arrogant bigoted constable from northern England who is glad to get some sunshine experience the champagne life and follow FCO instructions will be selected. It’s called winning the lottery in the UK.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps the CoP position should change in future so that the candidates have to publicly run for the office and be voted in by majority (as done in the USA) and serve a term of 4 or 5 years.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So another person is going to be hounded out of the job before they have even started! Once again, just accept it is the best person for the job who gets it and let the get on with it! If Ennis didn’t apply then that is his decision. I do, however, have to disagree that things have got “better” since Baines left…please actually quantify that statement. as I am still seeing armed robberies, drunk driving incidents and the usual weekend shenanigans being reported just as before!

    • Anonymous says:

      To 4.12 The article does not say that anyone will be hounded out of the job; that is just your biased opinion.

    • Anonymous says:

      So very true, if there were that fast in changes then Ennis would be a very wanted person to fill the top job in other high crime Caribbean Islands etc. The fact of the matter Police can’t control crime We the PEOPLE can. If you see or know something report it . The police will only be as good as the community they serve . Just saying

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