Acting top cop to head home
(CNS): Having served in the position for only eight months, Acting Police Commissioner David George is leaving the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) and returning to the UK, CNS has learned. George will be replaced by another top cop from Britain and an official announcement on his departure is expected sometime today (4 November).
The departure of the senior officer, who has been in Cayman on secondment from the Metropolitan Police Service in London since Cayman’s own Commissioner Stuart Kernohan was placed on required leave in March of this year, comes at a time when the special police investigation team (SPIT) lead by Martin Bridger, investigating alleged police and judicial corruption, still seems a long way from resolution.
News of George’s return to the UK was first reported yesterday 3 November on the Legge Report, which suggested the commissioner would be gone by the end of the month. CNS was able to confirm that the acting commissioner will indeed be leaving before the year end and that another senior police officer from a UK will be stepping into the post, as opposed to a local senior RCIPS officer.
Also noted on the Legge Report is an anticipated announcement by suspended police commissioner Kernohan going to the heart of Bridger’s investigation before the week is out. The online opinion site promising the real scoop also suggests that the next step in the Justice Alex Henderson case will be to question the validity of his arrest.
The role of the RCIPS and the Acting Commissioner was arguably undermined by SPIT recently after his enforced appearance at Henderson’s recent judicial review regarding the search warrants issued by JP Carson Ebanks for his office and home.
George was brought to the hearing to define his role in the Bridger investigation. In what was clearly an awkward situation, George attempted to explain the RCIPS relationship with Bridger. He said that as commissioner he swore in the special constables working for Bridger and had overall responsibility for them. However, George said he was not appraised of the detailed comings and goings of Operation Tempura.
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