Caymanian cop promoted to high rank

| 21/03/2013

Kurt Walton - Chief Superintendent (1).JPG(CNS): Kurt Walton has been confirmed as a chief superintendent in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. The 44 year old from Cayman Brac has been in the RCIPS since 1986. He has been acting as chief superintendent for the last 10 months since the post was vacated with the departure of former top cop, John Jones. But from 1 April he will no longer be acting in the fourth highest position in the entire service. Since he began acting as chief superintendent, Walton viewed and coordinated a robust command and control process to deal with critical incidents. His performance in the role and in the interview process was enough to convince the commissioners that he was the right man for the job.

“Kurt is a career RCIPS officer. He was the ideal candidate to lead and further develop our command team to ensure that we continue to provide the policing service the people of the Cayman Islands deserve with the resources and finance available,” said David Baines. “He has done a great job … over the past 26 years and has been outstanding while … acting chief superintendent. I am sure that he will continue to do extremely well … and will be a role model for other young Caymanians who aspire to be future leaders in the RCIPS.”

Walton said he was delighted with his promotion and thanked the police commissioner and his deputies for giving him the opportunity and confidence in him.

“I took the role on knowing the immense responsibility that came with it and the economic challenges the RCIPS is facing while ensuring that our responsibility to keep the Cayman Islands a safe place to stay and visit remains paramount. I will continue to do my endeavour best to lead the good men and women of the RCIPS in delivering a professional service to the people of the Cayman Islands and to proactively and decisively bring those persons to justice who wish to cause our community the most fear,” he added.

Born and educated in Cayman Brac, Walton joined the police in 1986 and worked his way up through the ranks, working in all of the different police departments, from uniform to the drug task force. He has won awards and commendations for his work and is responsible for putting some of Cayman’s most serious criminals behind bars.

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  1. UK Lord says:

    Great job…

    but sorry that's as high as you will go up the ranks!

    • Anonymous says:

      22:58 – You don't have to be so discouraging!!  You don't know what GOD has in store for him.  Congrats Ch/Supt Walton – so happy for you. It was great working for you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Kurt! You are most deserving of this. I know firsthand the hard work you put in to ensure justice for victims of violence.May god guide you as you continue to work hard in protecting and serving the people of Cayman. God Bless!

    • Twyla Mae Vargas says:

      Congrats.  to you Kurt.  A better man could not have been chosen.  Besides being an excellent Police officer, Kurt is a perfect gentleman, and one of the things I admire most about him is the way he deal with people.  Straight talk and a good spirit.  Kurt I wish you blessings in your continued journey in the RCIP.

  3. Anonymous says:

    CNS just an FYI. There is only 1 rank between chief superintendent and commissioner of police, and that is the one of deputy commissioner.

    • Rorschach says:

      Whilst you are techincially correct that only one rank exists between CoP and ChSup…since there are a couple of "Ass. Commissioners" now..I think this is what Wendy meant..

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a breath of fresh air. All the Cayman Haters are fraid to put a thumbs down on this story!  Well Done Kurt! Congratulations!

  5. Realist says:

    Couldn’t happen to a better person.. Congrats Kirt!!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Isn't it ironic that high ranking Ex-pats actually appointed Kurt to this position because they recognized that he was worthy and qualified. The real problem here is the majority of government doesn't act with integrity when appointments are made. They are made because of family, political support or financial advantage leaving us with a disfunctional Civil Service. Until we demand accountability from our leaders, Cheif Officers, Directors and Senior staffers we are doomed to a country of mediocrity. Thanks for not settling on someone else's coat tails and forging your own path Kurt! You are an example of a moral, independant, proud Bracka family that believes you reap what you sow.  

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Kurt.  A thoroughly deserved promotion for a man who mixes common sense with good policing to get the job done.


  8. Anonymous says:

    Kurt Walton is just the man to show our politicians how to be a role model.  Hard-working and ethical — just the qualities we need around here.  Good job, Kurt!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Kurt and his family!  Couldn't have happened to a nicer, more decent fellow.  Good luck in your new post, Kurt.  

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well done "RUSSIAN"

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey CNS, how come we get pictures of McKeeva being charged with theft and none with Kurt Walton being promoted to high rank?


    CNS: Because we don't have a picture on file of Mr Walton. If we get one we'll post it.

  12. Last of the Sea Urchin says:

    Business owners see Caymanians have the right stuff! For years you and the government have suppressed us with these glass ceilings… more. Well done Kurt!

    • Anonymous says:

      19:50 Sea Urchin,

      Kurt does deserve this promotion, but I assure you that the very public Failures of the Imported senior Command has been a factor in forcing their hand. This is just their way of giving us a feel good story about them while they go about the good old boys work while Internal Affairs continue to watch the TV cameras on deserted roads.

      Elio Solomon is on the right track with this RCIP administration. They have lost many good officers because of the way they are treating good local officers, who have qualifications and options to go elsewhere.

      Never the less, Congrats to Kurt and hopefully he can convince some of the good ones that have left to come back.

  13. Anonymous says:

    13:11 give the man his respect , getting to the top or close is great how long you can stay there defines who you are , wish him all the best .

  14. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Kurt. May you be blessed abudantly and may you continue to serve your country well.

  15. Shaun H.C. Ebanks says:

    You are most deserving of this position Kurt and I'm very happy for you.

  16. Anonymous says:

    A small place like cayman brac of 1500 people showing the CI how’s it done!

    A Proud Braca

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is excellent news.Congrats Kurk.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Well done Kurt.  Now please don't do anything stupid and shame us.  God knows we can't handle anymore scandals.

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean like the much trumpeted first Caymanian Police Commissioner who was invisible after Ivan and was eventually retired on MASSIVE benefits just to get him out of the way?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I hope this is good news for all the other Caymanians under him.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thank God, a Caymanian. I hope he isn't Lodge? I would just to say that if we in Cayman felt that we were under the guiding hand of an honest, down-to-earth, proactive Police Chief, we would be much more forthcoming to provide the police with information.

    The way it stands right now, few people are coming forward and a lot of criminals are getting away with a lot of crime.

    I hate to dredge up the past, but when that chappie Derek Haines was the Police Chief, he was absolutely as straight as an arrow. He did not care where you came from, how much money you had, who was your baby's daddy or whether you had flossed that day. If Haines suspected crime, he went after it.

    Good luck Mr. Walton. Perhaps you can be part of the answer to our crime woes? 

    • Rorschach says:

      That Chappie Derek Haines was never the "police chief..if he was I guarantee you we wouldn't be seeing all this crap happening around Cayman today.  He scared too many people in high places, hence his "forced retirement"..

      • Cayman GT says:

        Good point! Take a page out of Haines play book and go after our high level kingpins!
        Please… Some of the worse offenders for organized drug trafficking are flying planes to Jamaica bi-weekly and registered lawyers here! We know WHO you are and it is time you stopped buying your credibility.

        Good luck and start at the top!!!

        Bring back Haines as a consultant and that should scare the white collar criminals hah!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Haines was never the Police Chief. Get your facts straight and then we might just listen to you.

      • Anonymous says:


        Though not strictly accurate with the usual terminology, the poster was making an Apples to Apples comparison; Haines used to be the CHIEF Superintendent also.

        • Anonymous says:

          No, no 8:23. He used the colloquial term Police Chief referring to the boss of all the police ie the Commissioner. Read his post again. Yes Haines was a CHIEF (your capitals) Superintendent burt he was not THE Police Chief. Unfortunately.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Well done Kurt keep it up, God Bless.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Well done Kurt! Keep up your good work.

  23. Anonymous says:

    High Rank? There used to be a Caymanian Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. We've stepped backwards.

    • Far Canal says:

      Yes, and looked what happened at that time.  Entitlement as opposed to a level playing field has no place in our society, and I'm Caymanian fyi.

      • Anonymous says:

        Being a son of the soil I feel elated to know that a Bracer got that post. Then they say that the Brac dosent have good decent educated people to run, its perhaps that they dont want to get soiled up, but we have them. Thats why we wanted Jude to run. Not only being handsome but a good guy. Congrats to him and his family.

    • Anonymous says:

      Congrats Kurt! Don't  forget kurt is from Spot Bay Cayman Brac.

    • Anonymous says:

      Always gotta be some clown to come around making stupid comments eh?  just be happy for the man and hope that we are able to bring back some sort of civilian/police rapport because as it is right now, the majority of us really have no respect for those who are supposedly here to serve and protect. 

      • Anonymous says:

        It's not a stupid comment. It was relevant in light of the of the caption to this article. I am happy for him; that's not the point.     

    • Anonymous says:

      yep, and look how that panned out for us. No thanks, not again.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pure ignorance. So because a Caymanian did not perform well in a position no Caymanian should ever be allowed in that position again?  Do you understand that is the very definition of prejudice? We have had plenty of underperforming UK Commissioners and we still keep hiring UK Commissioners.