Local top cop elected boss of regional police body

| 06/05/2013

banes tight lipped.jpg(CNS): Cayman’s police commissioner, David Baines, has been elected president of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police. Baines was voted head of the regional police body at the 28th AGM, which brought together senior cops from 17 Caribbean nations. During the police talking-shop, Baines spoke about the shared action, initiatives, legislation and solutions of the various regional police bodies. The RCIPS top cop committed to establishing RIBIN in the Caribbean, which digitally stores bullet and bullet casing data and cross compares with all other crime scene data, enabling officers to match weapons and crimes throughout the region.

Baines spoke about the need to stem the flow of weapons into the region and stop the violence and killing. He also committed to trauma training and equipment across the region for police officers "to stem the flow of blood and save a life, when minutes mean the difference between life and death for a gunshot victim”. 

He went on, “Commitments only mean something when they are acted upon and the words and intentions uttered in Bermuda are evidenced in practice on the streets of the nations we protect. It is my promise I will do all in my power to secure the sponsorship, equipment, training and in supporting colleagues across the region to make this commitment a reality."

Although the nations attending the conference have very different contexts in which they operate, different poverty levels, different capacities and there is no one size solution, the conference organisers said that the goal was to build relationships and share information of what works and to apply it to the improved security and safety of all of the member nations.

The commissioners reviewed actions to stop the flow of illicit weapons to the region, working with US Federal authorities to stem the trade from US sources into the Caribbean. The increased numbers of gun dealers in Florida is a feature in fuelling the supply and access to guns by criminal gangs. US authorities have confirmed that of recovered weapons used in criminality in the Caribbean, the majority are originally from the Florida area.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Did the CIG pay for Mr. Baines to attend this conference and is this considered official RCIPS business? Also, where is the police vehicle that went missing several months ago?

  2. Pit Bull says:

    Well done!  We are so lucky to have top quality UK policemen come to Cayman and protect us from the crime that is so widespread in the region.

    • Anonymous says:

      Pit Bull lives! God be praised! But this is rather blunt irony on his part. Wha' 'appen Bull? Lost your edge?

      • Pit Bull says:

        There was no irony involved.  I have found little worth posting about while the site has been filled with pointless stories about grubby little local elections.

        • Anonymous says:

          But Bull, old chap, don't you think these "pointless stories" make a change from the tawdry ones about (now) geriatric BBC perverts and a deputy UK Parliament speaker accused of male rape –  which this site is mercifully free of but which the UK media certainly is not?

          • Pit Bull says:

            That is weak.  I expect better from my CNS stalkers. Try harder next time.  This attempt is almost at the level of response one would expect from Whodatis.

    • Anonymous says:

      They are not "top quality" and they do a p*ss poor job of protecting us.

  3. Say Wha? says:

    In other less important news, Donald Duck was elected head of the United Nations.  Details to follow…

    • Anonymous says:

      No….no….no……Donald Duck is one of the leading candidates in the Cayman Islands election…..based on your comment, probably a close family friend of yours too.  I'm just grateful we have a decent police commissioner to keep these jokers (yourself included) in line.  Anyway, you're not funny so get back to watching the disney channel…..muppet. 

      • Say Wha? says:

        Wishing you a speedy recovery from your hallucinations.  Don't let your mind wander too far, it may decide to walk away for good.  Best regards 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    This can only mean that the members of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police do not read Cayman Islands news!

    • SSM345 says:

      They do read our news, but you should read theirs.

    • Anonymous says:

      They probably do read the news and can see all the good that the commissioner is doing here and therefore rightfully elected him.  What they don't read, which is very fortunate, is the absolute nonsense that is posted in the comments section of our local media…..comments such as yours that are both imbecilic (look it up) and nonsensical. 

      • Anonymous says:

        i looked it up.  According to Webster's it is you trying to defend the indefensible!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Mr. Baines.  This appointment is well deserved and it's great to have the Cayman Islands Police Service represented at such a high level.  Keep up the good work and thanks for all you're doing for us here. 

    • Anonymous says:

      And I will bet the Jamaican $50 bill I have in my purse that you, like many of us locals, have never had a personal conversation with him.

      • Anonymous says:

        Clearly if you're only prepred to wager a Jamaica $50 bill you're not too confident there are you my friend.  I have had plenty of conersations with him and I find him to be an extremely personable and intelligent individual who is the best person for the job at hand.  So….you owe me $50 Jamaican…….so I can go buy myself a pattie.


        • Anonymous says:

          I will scan and e-mail you the $50 jamaican dollars, hopefully you can print it (double sided and in color)  and take to Tortuga to get your patty, lets see how well that will go for you.

          • Rorschach says:

            I can't see it ending badly..I mean, just the other week, a person of a certain nationality who hails from about 180 miles South East of here, passed a counterfeit note at a local gas station..attendant called the RCIPS..popo came out and perp and vehicle they were driving was identified…popo located perp, who was of same nationality as popo..popo drove perp BACK to gas station and had perp pay the bill..perp was let walk away..gas station owner told by popo, "Once they pay the bill, there's nothing we can do"…