Walton takes step closer to top cop job

| 03/02/2014

(CNS): Local Senior police officer, Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton, has taken a step closer to securing the top job in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. He is currently participating in the UK’s Policing Strategic Command course and isconfident the hard worked associated with it will benefit not just him but the RCIPS and the wider Cayman community. In a move designed to ensure local officers are encouraged to realise their full potential within the service, the RCIPS said that he was nominated for the specialist course, which aims to prepare police leaders for the 21st century and produce a pool of operationally credible, professional and competent officers who have the potential to be promoted to senior ranks.

Police officials said that there are thirty-six people on the course, which began on 13 January and will run until late March. The participants are police officers, mainly from the UK, of the rank of chief superintendent and above. In addition, some public sector executive leaders are in attendance. Walton is one of only two participants from the Caribbean.

The themes of the SCC, which is based in Hampshire, concentrate on the three domains of police leadership, including executive, which is designed to create resilient, confident, emotionally intelligent, ethical, politically astute leaders, with clear values and vision, and with credibility as public sector leaders at the executive level. The business side concentrates on creating accountable public sector leaders with executive business skills, able to lead and transform high profile multi-million pound public sector organisations with integrity, whilst safeguarding the public. Finally, professional policing is about qualified operational police commanders ready to be appointed to chief officer roles.

Walton said he was relishing the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other senior officers and executives alike.

“It has been challenging and thought provoking thus far,” he said in a press release from the RCIPS. A number of experts conducting the lectures have been carefully selected by the college from a cross sector of business chief executives, professors and senior police leaders, including Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

"We have demanding daily assignments which sometimes take us into the late part of the night, preparing for the next day. It’s hard work, but I can already see the benefits that this course will bring, “Walton stated. 

“The SCC presents an opportunity for all of the senior leaders on the course to engage in a demanding and stretching programme in preparation for transition to executive level posts. I’m sure that the experience I gain from this will not only benefit me as an individual, but will enhance my performance as a senior police officer. That can only benefit the organisation and, of course, the communities we serve,” he added.

Police Commissioner David Baines said he was delighted that the RCIPS was able to secure a place on the SCC for Walton.

“It’s vitally important that our young Caymanian leaders have an opportunity to experience training and development at the highest levels," said Baines, who took the course in 2005.

“I speak from experience when I say that Kurt will thoroughly enjoy it, but more importantly it will allow him to develop his full potential and ensure that he is better equipped for any future promotion. We are all working towards the day when local talent take on the most senior positions within the RCIPS,” Baines stated in the release.  “The inclusion of a Caymanian on the Strategic Command Course takes us one step closer to realising that goal."

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  1. anonymous says:

    The road is being paved so that cayman can walk off into the distance on it's own two feet.

    People are not blind, Alden knows this, the previous circus knew this and everyone making a hurried attempt to line their pockets know this.

    • Anonymous says:

      And Dart knows this and wants to get a economic  strangle hold on us in the nicest way before it happens.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Kurt will never get the top cop position because Caymanians cannot Police their own, truth be told.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop being so negative, if he wasnt suppose to be there, he wouldnt be.  Obviously the powers that be see his potential.   He will prove your statement wrong, watch, wait and see.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are more Jamaicans and other nationalities here than Caymanians so he would be CoP of a foreign majority population anyway. The foreign police here serve their own nationality as it is the majority. Sorry state of affairs for Caymanians

      Does your country have a foreign CoP? If not, say no more.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Kurt. Well done Bracker. Greater things to come

    • Anonymous says:

      Big Congrats to Kurt Walton.  He has the ability to return this country to a crime free Cayman Islands.   The community and God are behind you, all things are possible if we as a nation only believe.

    • Anonymous says:

      From one Bracker to another – so very proud of him and know the best is yet to come.

  4. Twyla Mae Vargas says:

    I am so very happy for Kurt Walton.  The perfect gentleman and can as be considered as an Excellent Police oficer.  He is firm and fair in his investgtions, and impecable  in dealing with the public. 

    Kurt I wish you all the goods things, and do look forward to one day seeing you wearing the hat of TOP COP.