RVIPF Bids Farewell To Overseas Officers On Final Tour Of Duty

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January 11, 2018 4:20 pm AST
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews addresses officers from Cayman and Bermuda at a farewell luncheon
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At an in-house luncheon yesterday, Commissioner of Police, his deputy and other senior officers, gathered to express their gratitude to officers of the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, for their invaluable assistance on these final tours of duty.

Both constabularies agreed to send officers past the planned period to boost the firearm response and reassurance patrols over the holiday season and into the new year.

Commissioner Michael Matthews expressed his appreciation to the officers from overseas for choosing to give up their holiday time with family and friends at home to be here with our officers.

“We appreciate the consistent high level of performance we have gotten from officers of your Forces and I have expressed these sentiments to your commissioners directly. For you, especially at a time when you would normally be gathering about the holiday tables filled with goodies, we particularly appreciate your sacrifice. Because you were here, many of our officers could attend to their own lives or take a break from the scenery off island,” he said.

The Commissioner also noted officers’ contributions to the Force in building firearm and tactical response capabilities. The Bermudian officers of this final tour of duty were firearm trained and were able to bolster the RVIPF Immediate Response and Tactical Team and provide direct training to both RVIPF and RCIPS officers on duty.

Heading the team and the Tactical Firearm Unit of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Inspector Loxley Solomon noted his delight in being able to make a contribution in this time of crisis.

“When Hurricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman, I was on duty at the main police station in George Town with my family including a young child as the station took a direct hit. I will never forget the emotional and physical toll it took on me and my family. It is difficult to expect officers with the demands of this type of profession to function with any efficiency without a break. I was happy to provide that needed break.

A 25-year veteran of the RCIPS, Inspector Solomon volunteered to remain on island for two tours of duty. Five other officers also returned after earlier tours of duty.

RCIPS Constable Brian Marshall said this was his second round. “I made some very good friends among the officers of the force here and was happy for the opportunity to return. I appreciate the officers’ and public’s efforts to remain positive despite the destruction,” Constable Marshall said.

The teams are scheduled to leave the Territory next week.

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