Outcomes - Selected Case Summaries



Police standard of professional behaviour

Investigation | 05 December 2022
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

The Office of the Ombudsman (“the Ombudsman”) received a written complaint from a private citizen who stated they had been stopped while driving and ticketed several times by the same (RCIPS) officer over the last few years. The complainant stated their belief that the officer was intentionally targeting the complainant because the complainant had made similar allegations against this officer in the past. The complainant stated that during the most recent traffic stop, they refused to stop for this officer because they were uncomfortable in dealing with the officer.

The Ombudsman’s investigation in this matter was to decide on balance of probabilities:

  • Whether the officer’s conduct fell below the standards of professional behaviour

The investigation included interviews with both the officer and the complainant; a review of recorded footage taken of the incident; consideration of other evidence including that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) recommended charges under the Traffic Act against the complainant involved in this incident.

The investigation found no evidence to support the officer was targeting either this vehicle or the operator involved in this incident. The complaint was not supported and no further recommendations were made in relation to this matter.