Tag: Office of the Ombudsman

Cops favoured colleague in domestic violence case

Cops favoured colleague in domestic violence case

| 03/08/2020 | 73 Comments

(CNS): Police officers failed to conduct a “thorough, impartial and timely” investigation of a domestic violence incident, according to a report released by the Office of the Ombudsman, which reviewed the case after learning officers had not followed the RCIPS Domestic Violence Policy. Despite numerous shortcomings in the investigation and the disciplinary action recommended by […]

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Maladministration occupies ombudsman

Maladministration occupies ombudsman

| 03/08/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has reported that maladministration by some civil servants is dominating its work, which now covers a range of issues, from data protection to whistleblowing. The oversight body, which was created in September 2017 following the merger of the offices of the information and complaints commissioners, handled 393 enquiries last […]

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PTU ignores bus complaints one year on

PTU ignores bus complaints one year on

| 23/06/2020 | 69 Comments

(CNS): A passenger who made several credible complaints and provided documented evidence about drivers on the local bus routes last June was ignored, given the runaround and generally dismissed by the Public Transport Unit (PTU). And despite recommendations from the ombudsman, who found the unit was at fault, neither the PTU management nor the Public […]

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Tribunal breaches statutory timelines

Tribunal breaches statutory timelines

| 10/06/2020 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Almost a dozen cases before the Labour Appeals Tribunal (LAT) missed the statutory deadline, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston has found following a maladministration investigation by her office. Despite breaching the statutory timeline for cases to be heard 11 times, there will be no consequences for the tribunal but officials have agreed to implement the directions […]

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CoP accepts findings in rogue rider arrest

CoP accepts findings in rogue rider arrest

| 04/06/2020 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has said that he accepts the findings of the Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston, following an independent review of the arrest of a rogue rider on 4 April, where an officer was accused of using unnecessary force. In a short statement in response to the report, Byrne said a discipline investigation has […]

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Cop used ‘unnecessary’ force in rogue rider case

Cop used ‘unnecessary’ force in rogue rider case

| 02/06/2020 | 121 Comments

(CNS): An investigation into how police handled a pursuit of rogue riders in April found that one officer used “unnecessary and unreasonable force” during the arrest and behaved badly to a member of the public at the scene. The Office of the Ombudsman also found that an off-duty officer made matters worse when he joined […]

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CoP refers ‘rogue’ rider arrest to ombudsman

CoP refers ‘rogue’ rider arrest to ombudsman

| 06/04/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne revealed at Sunday’s press briefing that an arrest made by his officers has been referred to the ombudsman for investigation. The arrest was made on Saturday, 4 April, following a high-speed chase of one of five ‘rogue’ dirt bike riders. Byrne said that during a time like this, when the […]

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Warning issued on ‘outing’ COVID patients

Warning issued on ‘outing’ COVID patients

| 03/04/2020 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper and Police Commissioner Derek Byrne have both used the daily press briefings to warn people not to try to find out and expose the identities of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. And now the Ombudsman has confirmed that there are legal consequences as well as moral issues. The Data […]

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Ombudsman offers info on data protection

Ombudsman offers info on data protection

| 23/01/2020

(CNS Local Life): The Office of the Ombudsman will be holding a meet and greet inside the Government Administration Building on Tuesday morning, 28 January, in recognition of International Data Privacy Day, which will be celebrated in the Cayman Islands for the first time, following the commencement of the Data Protection Law (DPL) on 30 […]

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MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

MoT gets to keep cruise letters secret

| 12/11/2019 | 48 Comments

(CNS): With just over five weeks to go before Cayman goes to the polls to decide whether or not the people want the controversial cruise berthing project to go ahead, the ombudsman has sided with government on keeping key correspondence with the cruise lines secret. Sandy Hermiston has come down in favour of the commercial […]

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Fines for data law breaches outlined

Fines for data law breaches outlined

| 11/11/2019 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has published guidelines outlining the various circumstances that could lead to a fine for entities that breach the new Data Protection Law, which came into force in September. “Guidance on Monetary Penalty Orders” explains the details of how a company could be fined up to $250,000 for serious cases […]

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