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  • Fire Service Recruitment Process Begins

    Prospective firefighters put their knowledge to the test last week (Tuesday, 22 November 2016), hoping to score high enough to snag one of 15 openings at the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS). A total of 79 Caymanian applicants took the 20 question test as part of the Fire Service entry exam. Potential recruits, who met…

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  • DOI Responds to Recent Charges Against Immigration Officer

    The Department of Immigration has a statement in regards to the arrest and recent charges filed against a senior immigration officer. Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith notes that Assistant Chief Immigration Officer Jeannie Lewis was put on required leave immediately following her arrest by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service on Thursday, 25 August…

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  • 911 Dispatcher Awarded Chief Officer’s Choice Award

    Before police, fire or emergency medical services responders, it’s the voice of a 911 dispatcher that many people hear after they have witnessed or been the victim of a tragic or violent situation. Emergency dispatchers are the first of first responders. They quickly collect all information required by the responding units, and often calmly provide…

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  • Statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Regards to Publication on Prison Service

    Following the recent ruling by the Gender Equality Tribunal involving Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service, and certain media coverage that misrepresented the facts of the case, the Ministry of Home Affairs wishes to correct a number of inaccuracies contained in an article published by online media house. In the article it was wrongly reported…

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  • Official Launch of the Fire Rescue Vessel

    On Friday (18 November 2016) the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS), officially unveiled its new rescue vessel at the George Town Yacht Club with help from the Ministry of Home Affairs. The 32-foot rescue boat is equipped with a GPS, flood lights, spot lights and can reach speeds of up to 50 mph. The vessel…

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  • Inmates Handiwork Showcased in Pirates Week Parade

    Inmates with Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) put their carpentry skills to work, building a wagon that was featured in Saturday’s Pirates Week Parade (12 November 2016). Members of the prison workshop built the float at the request of the Cayman Islands’ Civil Service Association Co-operative Credit Union, around the event’s theme, “age…

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  • Enhancing Compliance with the Health Insurance Law

    The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) and the Health Insurance Commission (HIC), are working together to implement changes to the application process for work permits to increase compliance with the Health Insurance Law (HIL). As part of the process, the Department of Immigration will soon require proof of compliance with the Health Insurance Law…

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  • CIFS Take Fire Training to New Heights

    As a popular tourist destination, the Cayman Islands has many high-occupancy high-rises, each of which can present individual challenges to emergency responders in a crisis. To prepare for just such an incident, the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) recently held a full scale fire training exercise, and reviewed all fire strategies and tactics on how…

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  • New DOI Cancellation Form Introduced

    The Department of Immigration has recently introduced a new Withdrawal/Cancellation/Refund Form for existing work permits. This form is to be used by an employer when requesting a withdrawal or cancellation of a work permit or refund of a work permit fee. This has been implemented to increase efficiencies for updating the internal database system, faster…

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  • Fire Service to the Rescue

    What started out as just an opportunity to test their new rescue launch boat, quickly turned into a rescue mission for three fire officers with the Cayman Islands Fire Service. On Wednesday, 2 November 2016 Acting Sub Officer Wayne Whitelocke (captain), Acting Sub Officer Carson McField and Leading Fire Officer Duronnie Myles had been at…

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  • Strengthening Border Security

    Immigration Officers on the frontline, from dusk to dawn, work tirelessly to ensure the security of the Cayman Islands’ borders and deliver on their mission to keep our Islands safe. On Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Immigration Officer Darcia Branch said her instincts immediately kicked in when she processed an American passenger with a peculiar travel…

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  • A More Robust Approach to Permanent Residency Fees

    The Department of Immigration is ramping up systems, processes and efforts to pursue outstanding permanent residency fees in the Cayman Islands. For this reason, persons and companies who employ permanent residency holders who are on the delinquent list should take notice. Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith says his department continues to work diligently to…

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  • Long Service Medal Recipients Honoured

    A number of officers from the Cayman Islands uniformed services received the Overseas Territories Long Service Medal during a ceremony held at the Government House on Thursday, 27 October 2016. Members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) and the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) were honoured…

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  • HMCIPS Awards Employee of the Month

    Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) is proud to announce the recipient of Employee of the Month for October 2016 as Officer Mark Purnwasy. Prison Director Neil Lavis presented Officer Purnwasy with a framed certificate on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 amongst colleagues and friends. Mr. Lavis said Officer Purnwasy was nominated for upholding the…

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  • Potential Recruits Test Their Fitness

    More than 60 people hit the track early Saturday morning to put their fitness to the test, in hopes of becoming a new recruit with Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS). The officer recruitment exercise began at 7 a.m. on 22 October 2016 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, where applicants’ overall fitness was…

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  • Prison HR Manager Awarded Chief Officer’s Choice

    Human Resource Manager Raquel Solomon, with Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service, has been named the newest Chief Officer’s Choice of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Chief Officer Wesley Howell presented the award to Ms. Solomon on Friday 21 October 2016. “It brings me great pride to recognise the outstanding efforts and high standards of…

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  • Training for Aviation Emergencies

    First responders with the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) battled a blaze this week that put their knowledge and skills to the test, during intense aviation fire training. Firefighters experienced real conditions in real-time during the Aviation Bridging Course which took place at the fire training ground. The compound is set up with a life-sized…

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  • Prison Officer Recruitment Testing

    Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) hosted more than 100 applicants who took part in the Prison Officer Recruitment Testing last week. Prison Service Director Neil Lavis said 128 people took the entrance exam, which was offered over a three day period, 32 of those applicants were Caymanian. “After such a successful Public Safety…

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  • WARNING: Fraudulent Solicitations from Facebook Pages

    Advisory: Fraudulent Solicitations from Facebook Pages Allegedly Belonging to the Premier The RCIPS Financial Crimes Unit would like to warn the community of fraudulent Facebook pages that purport to belong to the Premier of the Cayman Islands, the Honourable Alden McLaughlin. These fraudulent pages employ a mode of solicitation wherein visitors to the page are “friended”,…

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  • Ministry of Home Affairs Takes the Gold for CIG Sports Day 2016

    The Cayman Islands Government’s Wellness Committee first ever Sports Day 2016 was held on Friday September 30th at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. A total of eleven teams, made up of government leaders and civil servants, participated in various events on and off the track throughout the afternoon. In the end, the Ministry of Home…

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  • New Director of Computer Services Department

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has hired a new Director of the Computer Services Department (CSD). Simon Spiers, who recently took up the post, brings with him vast experience that spans the UK Public Service and private sector. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Design of Information Systems from Cranfield University, and…

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  • Ministry of Home Affairs Identifies Options to Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Prisoner Transport

    As a result of Government’s Project Future programme a review of the current arrangements for the transport of prisoners held in custody by the Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS), was undertaken. The results of the review are documented in a Strategic Assessment which was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs today. During…

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  • Changes to the United Kingdom e-Passport

    This information is being distributed to inform UK passport holders in the Cayman Islands. However, it is important to note the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration does not handle the processing of UK passports. The United Kingdom has announced an amendment to the personalisation format of UK passports. Through a phased introduction from 8 October…

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  • West Bay Fire Station Reopens

    The West Bay Fire Station held a reopening ceremony on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 to showcase the new and improved facility. Ministry officials, government leaders and community members gathered at the station to celebrate and honour those who made the reopening possible. Extensive repairs commenced on the West Bay substation in late July, to combat…

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  • Joint Marine Unit – Public Service Advisory

    Over the past several weeks there have been a number of marine related thefts where boats and other marine equipment have been stolen. Police are investigating these incidents and have been fortunate in making some recoveries. However, it is the Joint Marine Unit’s intention is to advise boat owners to better secure their property. Although…

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  • Fire Services Gives Back

    Although firefighters with the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call, their commitment to the community doesn’t end with their shift at the fire station. So, when staff of the West Bay Fire Station recently heard that community member Albert Yates was in need…

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  • Public Service Job Fair

    Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS), Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) are holding a joint recruitment drive on Wednesday (31 August 2016) in a bid to hire Caymanian officers and firefighters. The job fair will take place at George Town Town Hall from 3 p.m. to…

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  • Prison Officers Interrupt Smuggling Of Contraband into HMP

    Around 12:15AM this morning, 16 August, police responded to a call from prison officers at HMP Northward regarding their capture of a man suspected to have been throwing items over the fence.  The man was found with a quantity of a substance suspected to be ganja, wrapped in small, plastic bags.  Police officers arrested the…

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  • Fire chief takes to the streets

    Chief Hails responds to fire, emergency reports By Brent Fuller – August 8, 2016 In the middle of the day last Wednesday, the fire chief’s bright red SUV was spotted speeding down North Sound Road with emergency lights ablaze, heading to what had been reported as a structure fire. The night before, Cayman Islands Chief…

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  • 2016 Half-Yearly Crime Statistics Show Large Drops in Serious Crimes

    Crime Statistics for Cumulative Period QTR2 2016 2016 Half-Yearly Crime Statistics Show Large Drops in Serious Crimes, but Spike in Lower-Level Offences Increases Overall Crime Rate by 10% Today, Thursday, 14 July, the RCIPS held a press conference on the release of the crime statistics for the first six months of 2016. Overall, the statistics…

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  • RCIPS Initiates Forums of Cooperation with Private Sector on Police Matters

    In recent weeks newly-appointed Superintendent of Uniform and District Operations, Robert Graham, who is the strategic lead on implementing the RCIPS community policing strategy, has been holding various meetings with community stakeholders. Last week he convened meetings of daytime and nighttime business forums in an effort to better understand the needs of the business sector…

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  • RCIPS Neighborhood Officers Join Youth ACT’s Crime Awareness and Prevention Day at CHHS and JGHS

    Last Friday, 24 June, six officers with the RCIPS Neighborhood Policing Department (NPD) participated in a day-long crime awareness and prevention event for youth at Clifton Hunter High School.  Organized by the Youth Anti-Crime Trust (Youth ACT) for the fourth straight year, the event features presentations by local police and prison officers, crime prevention activists…

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  • CCTV under the spotlight

    CCTV cameras, government wants more and better. Figures show they have been successfully used in criminal cases. Only last week a lawyer was found guilty of GBH after a car crash, which was all caught on camera. But if we do get more, should they be better, to catch more criminals in the act. Cayman…

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  • RCIPS Begins Recruitment Drive for Special Constables

    Tomorrow, Friday, 8 July, police officers from the Neighborhood Policing Department (NPD) will be in the Police Mobile Unit in Prospect, near McRuss Store on Marine Drive, to speak with any members of the community who may be interested in becoming a Special Constable with the RCIPS.  The officers will be at the location from…

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  • Veteran Civil Servant is New Chief Officer

    Long time civil servant Wesley (Wes) Howell is the new Chief Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Deputy Chief Officer responsible for public safety and security in that ministry since 2012, Mr Howell topped some nine applicants in an open recruitment exercise that included online and written testing, to win the senior-most position within…

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Other News

30th November 2016

Fire Service Recruitment Process Begins

Prospective firefighters put their knowledge to the test last week (Tuesday, 22 November 2016), hoping to score high enough to snag one of 15 openings at the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS). A total of 79 Caymanian applicants took... Read More

30th November 2016

Fire Service Recruitment Process Begins

Prospective firefighters put their knowledge to the test last week (Tuesday, 22 November 2016), hoping to score high enough to snag one of 15 openings at the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS). A total of 79 Caymanian applicants took... Read More

29th November 2016

DOI Responds to Recent Charges Against Immigration Officer

The Department of Immigration has a statement in regards to the arrest and recent charges filed against a senior immigration officer. Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith notes that Assistant Chief Immigration Officer Jeannie Lewis was put on required... Read More

29th November 2016

911 Dispatcher Awarded Chief Officer’s Choice Award

Before police, fire or emergency medical services responders, it’s the voice of a 911 dispatcher that many people hear after they have witnessed or been the victim of a tragic or violent situation. Emergency dispatchers are the first of... Read More

29th November 2016

DOI Responds to Recent Charges Against Immigration Officer

The Department of Immigration has a statement in regards to the arrest and recent charges filed against a senior immigration officer. Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith notes that Assistant Chief Immigration Officer Jeannie Lewis was put on required... Read More

29th November 2016

911 Dispatcher Awarded Chief Officer’s Choice Award

Before police, fire or emergency medical services responders, it’s the voice of a 911 dispatcher that many people hear after they have witnessed or been the victim of a tragic or violent situation. Emergency dispatchers are the first of... Read More


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