Cop faces court over calls

| 16/12/2008

(CNS):  An officer with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has been charged with nine criminal offences and is due to appear in court this morning (Tuesday, 16 December), police said. Daniel Lowe, who has been with the RCIPS for 26 years, has been charged with five counts of misuse of technology under the Information, Communication and Technology Act and four counts of insulting the modesty of a woman.

The charges which relate to phone calls Lowe made to a woman have come about following an investigation by the RCIPS Criminal Investigation Department and not the Special Police Investigation Team led by Martin Bridger who is supposed to be investigating corruption and misconduct  in the local force.

A police spokesperson said that the SPIT team had no part whatsoever in bringing these charges and added that the RCIPS continues to monitor its own officers for any hint of corruption or misconduct.

Police said that in line with RCIPS policy, the man has been suspended from duty.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    DEAR READERS,

    I AM THE DANIEL LOWE YOU ARE SPEAKING ABOUT, YOU SEE AFTER 26YRS HERE IN GRAND CAYMAN AND 6YRS PLUS IN THE JCF IN JAMAICA, AND AFTER A IMPECCABLE POLICING CAREER, WITH BOTH SERVICES, AND SEVERAL HANORS AND AWARDS AND WITH A RECORD VERY CLEAN FROM ANY DICIPLINARY ACTS , OTHER THAN MVAS I HERE NOW STAND AND DEFEND MY ACTION WHICH LEAD TO MY DEMISE, OF MY OWN DOING.  I WAS A DICIPLINED AND VERY SERIOUS AND HONEST OFFICER.  I WAS HARD WORKING, DEDICATED, AND LOVE MY WORK, WHO KNOW ME WOULD SEE THAT AND I LOVE MY COMMUNITIES AND ITS PEOPLE WHERE EVER I WORKED, ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY.   DURING MY TENURE IN THE RCIP I WAS THE ONLY OFFICER THAT WAS AWARDED OFFICER OF THE YEAR 2 YRS STREIGHT WHILE IN THE TRAFFICE DEPT, AND WHILE THERE MET IN A VERY SERIOUS MVA WHILE ON DUTY THAT NEARLY ENDED MY LIFE AND LEFT ME WITH SCARS TO MY NECK, BUT GOD WAS NOT FINISHED WITH ME I SEE AS YET.    THE RCIP NEVER GAVE ME A CENT.   AND EVEN AFTER DISCHARGING ME I WAS REFUSED TIME DUE AND VACATION EARNING , AND MEDICAL, WHICH I SHOULD HAVEGOTTEN BUT I AM STILL CONTEMPLATING ON TAKING THE COMMISSIONER TO COURT FOR SAME.  I LOST MY JOB, MY RANK, AND MY STATUS.  THEY TREATED ME LIKE A CRIMINAL AND MURDERER.  THE MATTER COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED DIFFERENTLY BUT SOME OTHER PERSONS HAVE OTHER IDEAS FOR ME, YOU SEE I WAS A NO NONSENCE PERSON, AND STILL IS, AND WILL SPEAK OUT WHEN IT IS NESSCEARY, SO I WONT BE LIKED.  I AM CERTAINLY DISCIPLINE BUT NOT A PUSH OVER.

    I DIDNT STEAL, CHEAT, CURRUPT,  DO DRUGS, LIE, TAKE BRIBE OR ANY MISCONDUCT CONTREARY TO POLICE ORDERS.  I WAS MERELY GOING ABOUT MY BUSINESS IN MY PRIVATE LIFE WHEN IT WAS RUDELY AND DEGRADELY INTRUPTED BY A HOMOSEXUAL, WHOM HAD A BRIEF AFFAIR WITH MY LADY, AND WAS TAPED .  THAT INDIVUDAL WAS VEXED IT DIDNT GO HER WAY BY MY LADY MOVING IN WITH HER , AND BECAUSE I COULDNT HANDLE THE DECEPTION AND LIES I MADE CALLS TO GET TRUTH WHICH ENDED UP THE WRONG WAY OVER THE PHONE , NOT IN PERSON AS I MIGHT ADD, WITH WORDS COMING OUT THE WRONG WAY IN EXPLICIT TERMS, AS I WAS BROUGH UP TO DISLIKE HOMOSEXUALS, AND THEIR ACTS, AND BECAUSE THEY BOTH DENY SAME EVEN AFTER IT WAS TAPED, THE REST IS HISTORY SO ALL YOU READERS THAT STOOD UP FOR ME THANKS , THOSE WHOM SEE IT FIT TO PUT ME DOWN TODAY FOR ME TOMORROW FOR YOU, IF YOU HAVE NOT SINNED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE CAST YOUR STONES. 

    THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME EVEN ME IS ENTITLED TO A MISTAKE OF MY LIFE TIME, I KNOW NOW WHAT IT FEEL LIKE WHEN THOSE YOUNG MEN OUT THERE WITH A MINOR CONVICTION , AND CANT GET A DECENT JOB, AND THE SOCIETY HERE REFUSES TO LET GO AND THINK THEIR GOD TO HOLD THINGS OVER YOUR HEAD, GOD LET IT AGO SO WHO ARE THEY TO STILL HOLD IT INFRONT OF YOU, WHICH I MIGHT ADD IT WAS ONLY 1 CHARGE I ANSWERED TO AND WAS CONVICTED ON, NOT ALL THOSE MULTI CHARGES TO LOOK GOOD ON THEIR PATH AND MISSLEAD PERSONS, AND GIVEN 120 HRS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE WHICH I GLADLY TOOK SERIOUS AND DID , THEN WENT HOME, . AND AFTER PROBATION FOR 2YRS WHICH IS BEHIND ME NOW.  THANK GOD.

    I HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE OVER I FORGIVE THEM, AND SAY IF GOD IS FOR ME WHO CAN BE AGAINST ME.  HE FORGAVE ME SO I DONT CARE WHAT MAN WANT TO DO OR SAY ABOUT ME GOD KNOW THE TRUTH EVEN NOW AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND IT MAY BE A BLESSING TO BE OUT OF THE RCIP SINCE THEY SEEM TO WANT TO DISMISSED ME FOR SUCH ACT EVEN WHEN THE COMPLAINANT ONLY WANTED ME WARNED SOMEONE TOOK IT ON THEIR HEAD TO PUSH THE REPORT FORWARD AND DO WHAT THEY DID , AND TO SHOW YOU I WENT ON WITH MY LIFE I ONLY KNEW ABOUT THESE POSTING HERE TODAY 29/5/13 , BECAUE I DONT LIKE TO GOSSIP.  I AM STILL ME AS MY PARENTS BROUGHT ME UP, ONLY NOW I AM OLDER AND WISER, WITH THE LORDS COMPANYS .  I LOST SO MUCH SINCE THEN, BUT THE LORD HAS BEEN GOOD  TO ME AND I AM STICKING WITH HIM EVEN AFTER MEN AND WOMEN FAILS ME.  MY GOD IS REAL  HE WONT FAIL ME.  IT IS HAPPY TO BE OUT OF THE RCIP, NOT BECAUSE OF THE WORK OR MONEY, BUT BECAUSE MY LIFE HAS TAKEN ANOTHER TURN, IF IT WASNT FOR THE INCIDENT I WOULDNT HAVE SEEK THE FACE OF GOD AS YET SEEM HE WANTED ME MORE THAN THE RCIP, AND I LOOOVE IT,    GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I LEAVE MY ENEMIES TO THE WRATH OF GOD. 

    NB: I AM DOING SOMETHING IN MY OWN COMPANY THIS WEEK AND IT SEEM A UNSCRUPULUS ATT SEEMS TO WANT TO GRAB EVERYTHING FOR HERSELF GOOGLE ME ON THE WEB AND TAKE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS POSTING TO THE CLIENT, MY GOD PEOPLE ARE SO WICKED TODAY THEY ARE SO EVIL, BUT GOD HAVE A PLAN FOR THE WICKED PERSONS, THEY WILL BE CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH THEY ARE FIGHTING OVER, DO HAVE A GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    DANIEL AC LOWE

  2. Anonymous says:

    I do believe that in the course of human behavior that even the best of us falls at some point. This just happen to be the situation with Mr. lowe. Weshould not be so quick to comdemn, cast a wide net all Jamaicans just because that is where Mr. Lowe was born. He is actually a citizen of Cayman Island. Nationalized just like everyone here whose forefather came from somewhere else. It is really sad to read all the comments that are just focused not on the fall of an individual but on the deep seated hatred in the hearts of those who posted their comments. Please note, I did not say of all Caymanians as I do believe that Caymanians by and large are good peoble.  Mr. Lowe has served this country for a 26 years of his life and never once fell short of giving his all to prortect and serve the good people of Cayman. He has set up roots here and has made it possible for you all to sleep comfortable at nights knowing that he and others like himself are keeping watch over you. How quickly we forget and how quickly e are ready to condemn. Shame on each and every one of you who feels that Jamaicans are all corrupt and is always seeking to get by on a free meal. Thay are hard working people, a proud people and one who will neversit by and watch while others are being mis-treated. Lets not forget the history of Cayman Island. It was Jamaicans that made it possible for the island to strive and be what it is today. Go read the history. Laets just all be one people and learn to forgive. Afterall he that is without sin, step out and cast the first stone. But before you do, take a dep long look in the mirror and ask yourself one question; am I free from sin such that I should judge? If you are honest with yourself you will see that you are no different from Mr.Lowe and should take a back seat and keep quiet. After all your day too will come and when it does, will this be how you want to be be treated?

  3. Twyla M Vargas says:

    ITS A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL AND A LONG LONG WAY TO GO.

    What can I say, but Sgt. Lowe I am disapointed.  yet I will not judge him, We all have made mistakes, and not because he is a police that it cant happen to him or anyone else.  you are still a human being, and Christ said "He without  sin should cast the first stone"  Bill Clinton was the President of the United states and……………………………….whatever.

    I have been  acquainted with Sgt Lowe and his sister from Jamaica from time they came to Cayman.  We attended the same training school in Jamaica.  They come from a good family and they are good people, and  Yes we have had some  grave disapointments with many Jamaicans,  I myself have been driven to the brink with some of them but, there are still a few of them that are ok, especially the oldtimers that have been here for donkey years.

    I speak of a person how I find them.  Mind you there are many police officers who are talking the talk but not walking the walk.  The question is why are they getting involved outside of the law.  Is it because of Money, is it because they have become tire of the Job or unhappy with the people they work with.  Something is causing the corruption in the police force.  I do not think it is money, because they get a good salary.

    Working conditions, is causing alot of unrest in the Royal Cayman Police Force, My reason for saying this is because I have had conversations with many, and many are unhappy because of working conditions between officers, and big break down in communication between officers.   

     Why? too long in one spot of course.  I have said it before, and I say it again, shuffel the officers around from district to district for a year or two.  It used to be done many years ago and there was never these kind of problems taking place.    I take my hat off to anyone who can safely say that after having been married 26 years they have never ever looked at another woman, or man during that period of time. 

    It is the same thing with any physical body you are involved with, military or not.   Some persons may think I am defending the police in this letter.  Well to be frank I AM  not,  and  I am not defending Sgt. Lowe, in his actions.  When the police is out of line I will have things to say, but there are many hard working police who put their lives on the line of danger every day for us and they are never given a thank you.  You think the Royal Cayman Islands police force is the only the place where people are being corrupt.   No………………, Presidents, Ministers of Religion, Legal Departments, Bank Managers,  Politicians, Judge and jury, Bus drivers and boat Captains, and the list goes on.   Why?……………………..Because we have all fallen short.

    We take for granted that a Policeman’s mind is spotless.  No it is not, for the mere fact that he is a human being just like me or you.

    To the others I quote  the words of Jimmy Cliff " Its hard road to travel, and a long, long way to go."  Be careful.

  4. s ebanks says:

    The facts are the facts those things cannot be disputed. Why are we taking that risk knowing the current problem we are having in RCIPS. I will tell you one thing we would not even be able to  try or get away or be allowed to do it in Jamaica, why then are we allowing it to happen here. However we cannot blame anyone but our own Government for this current situation. How many more senior government positions are going to be control by non Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think that is totally unfair to say just because someone is from Jamaica they are corrupt.

      There are some good Jamaican officers – there are some bad ones- just as in every nationality in the RCIP – – may I remind you of  a certain Canadian who was setenced to Northwood!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have a lot of Jamaican friends and know there are a lot of good people in Jamaica.  However, we cannot deny that there is a lot of corruption in Jamaica and in particular, in the police force there.  It is only logical to assume that if we are going to recruit officers from there, the risk of hiring corrupt officers is great.  I am not saying that there is not corruption in other countries as well, but we just  have to be very careful because I am sure we will all agree that a corrupt police force is one of the worst things that a country can have.  The decent Jamaicans I know will tell you that there is a lot of corruption in the Jamaican police force and that Cayman should be very careful in hiring them.

    We need to do all we can to protect our borders for the good of all who enjoy a fairly safe lifestyle here and if we have corrupt police officers, then who will we trust to protect our borders and otherwise.

    Let’s all work together for what’s best for Cayman, since this is all some of us have and where others have chosen to better the lives of themselves and their families.  As Caymanians, let’s be mindful of how we bring our points across and for Jamaicans and other nationalities, let’s not take everything so personal when all we are trying to do is keep Cayman a place to be desired to live and work for as long as we can.

  6. Anonymous says:

    this guy should get what he deserves as an individual. But please, please stop this cayman versus foreigners nonsense!

    More than 50% of ALL existing Caymanians were either born in Jamaica or have direct Jamaican relations. Please give it a break.  Jamaica’s politicians made a lot of bad mistakes which led to almost ruining the country. But this has nothing to do with the vast majority of its people who are innocent hard working individuals (like most caymanians, most Americans, most Canadians etc). So it may well be a ‘bad area" but clearly that does not mean its citizens are all bad people.

    If that were the case the cayman Islands would not have benefited from the teachers, doctors, pastors and many others who have lived and worked here in Cayman to help to build this country.

    Lets keep the focus on individuals, not nationalities. If a Caymanian were to say, go to the United states to live and then be caught smuggling drugs, we would not wish for Americans to all of a sudden conclude that all Caymanians are drug smugglers, would we?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Stating that all Jamaican police officers are corrupt is ludicrous. I worked with some excellent Jamaican officers during my time in the RCIP.

    What is also apparent, is that this individuals actions are not connected to his job, he has obviously been misbehaving ‘off duty.’ This does not excuse his behavior, but its hardly ‘corruption,’ which when this word is mentioned it gives one visions of cops accepting ‘back hander’s.’ He has obviously been harassing some poor female.

    With regards to ‘anonymous’ comments about persons who are put before the court, or jailed being called ‘Caymanians,’ (insinuating that they are being picked on), that’s because for the most part they are Caymanians. I’m afraid you may not like the truth, but as unpalatable as it may be, it is the truth. I once had cause to go into Northward, and speak to staff, and I asked about the nationalities that made up the prison population, and the fact is 90% was Caymanian. During my time in the RCIP the vast majority of people we ended up instigating proceedings against were Caymanian – why? Because like in any country, as police officers we tend to deal with the same 10% of the population over and over again, as recidivist offenders. When ex-pats are convicted before the court for a criminal offence, more often than not they get kicked off the island and told not to return, so they never have a chance to become a recidivist offender. Obviously with Caymanians this can’t happen, so they go through the courts, they maybe get locked up, maybe they don’t, and then before long they become a suspect in another case. Its not got anything to do with ‘nationality,’ or ‘Caymanians being more predisposed to commit crime,’ its just that Caymanian criminals can’t be dealt with as effectively as ex-pat criminals, who never get the chance to become recidivist offenders.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      As a Caymanian I also condemn wholesale prejudice against certain nationalities.

      "With regards to ‘anonymous’ comments about persons who are put before the court, or jailed being called ‘Caymanians,’ (insinuating that they are being picked on), that’s because for the most part they are Caymanians. I’m afraid you may not like the truth, but as unpalatable as it may be, it is the truth".

      You are missing the point. When persons of other nationalities are charged with offences (often serious ones) their nationalities are concealed by much of the media. A case in point has already been given elsewhere on this site with regard to those charged with Estella’s murder. Another case was the Beach Bay murder. One can only conclude that this is intended to convey the false impression that crimes are only being committed by Caymanians.  

  8. Anonymous says:

    "If I were the PPM I would relieve the Govenor of his post, and go in with a team of Caymanian officers and replace every foreign cop in the system.  I am not being prejudicial, just straight talk"

    Straight talk maybe, but entirely ignorant of the constitutional realities. In other words, neither the PPM, nor any other local party, group, or elected representitives have any such power. That is the reality.

  9. Delroy Davis says:

    Why sterotype?  ignorance, and a myopic view can only describe this writers mind setting.

    There are decent, hard working Police Officers that have been recruited from this area, yes! Jamaica.  There are countless occassions where these officers have demonstrated excellence, and in most instances, work beyond the call of duty, however these positive moments are taken for granted as opppose to be given the spot light.

     

    In essence, only negativity is highlighted. Stop this sterotipical attitude towards expatriates on a whole and allow individuals to be judged on their own merits.

  10. Reader says:

    You can’t simply assume that ALL Jamaicans are not fit for the job simply because they come from what you regard as a "troubled" country (not area).  That is a hasty generalisation, to say the least.

  11. Annymous says:

    Here Here!!

    Well said, it is time we start pulling out all the stops with the RCIP.  Telling us about corruption in the RCIP is no news, just ask some old timers they will tell you how the police introduced crime to this country years ago.  Well, it’s true.  I suppose now that we have transparency in the Govt. all these issues will now come to light.  Sadly, it is during the PPM reign that all this happening, as they have really taken a licking these past several months.

    Tell you what, if I had a choice in the matter, I would prefer the PPM over the UDP anyday.  Anyone who sells me out the way they did will NEVER get my support again. 

    If I were the PPM I would relieve the Govenor of his post, and go in with a team of Caymanian officers and replace every foreign cop in the system.  I am not being prejudicial, just straight talk.

    Now we know why the RCIP reports don’t lable the nationalities other than when a Caymanian is involved in the crime and the same goes for the courts and the media who reports on the verdicts in court cases.  Aren’t they not being prejudical towards Caymanians?

    Hmmmm, lets see who is next to get axed.  Oh and I hope this suspended officer is also on unpaid leave. 

     

  12. Anonymous says:

    Very amazing news.

       Cop faces court over calls,     and after 26 years of service would leed one to question, "What else has he done in the line of wrongdoings in the Police Service"?

    It is all symbolic of  what is happening in the Police Service, and why then is HE the Governor allowing Police from such a troubled area as Jamaica to be instilled in our Police Service.

      Last, but not least, then I would assume that the SPIT team is not worhty of working in the Cayman Islands doing no more Investigations, as it seems that our "Corrupted Police Service" that the SPIT team is investigating can have enough courage to investigate and Prosicute and bring to our "Quetionable Judicial System".