August 25th was a big day for the RCIPS because that was when it marked the 30th anniversary of service for three of its most dedicated officers: Inspector Rudolph Gordon, Inspector Eustace Joseph and Senior Police Constable Stephen Myers. It was August, 1989 that they joined the RCIPS, undergoing their basic training locally before going on to develop and grow as they contributed their unique skills and talents within a wide range of different police departments. “All three men have made a lasting impact on the RCIPS over the past 30 years. The Senior Command Team and all the staff of the RCIPS commend them on their commitment and service. We look forward to their continued service,” said an RCIPS spokesperson.
Inspector Gordon (known to his friends as “Rudy,”) was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 1996. During this time he worked in Community Policing and later the Commercial Crime Branch, now known as the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit. In 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector. “I love what I do. It wasn’t until I started working in Community Policing, two years after joining, that I started to really love this job. It was extremely fulfilling to know that the work that I was doing actually benefitted people, and I could physically see the difference that I was making in people’s lives,” he said.
Inspector Joseph has spent most of his career as a detective, and still continues investigative work with the service, although he has worked in other departments, too. “I never really knew the level of crime and issues that faced our country and its people until I became a police officer,” he said. “When I found out, I wanted to do all that I could to reduce the impact of crime on my home and that’s why I became interested in investigation.”
When SPC Myers first came to the Cayman Islands from the UK, he only intended to stay for a short time, but after living here decided to make Cayman his home. He enlisted in the RCIPS, he said, to contribute to maintaining the beauty as well as the kindness he found in the islands. SPC Myers’ experience covers several different police departments and he has worked in all Districts of Grand Cayman in the Juvenile Bureau (now called the Family Support Unit), as well as working briefly in the Criminal Investigations Unit. He has spent a great deal of his 30 years as a police officer in Community Policing. SPC Meyers particularly loves working with children, and developing youth outreach programmes. He spent eight years helping to develop an afterschool programme at the Black Pearl Skate Park, although his role is more administrative, and he assists the Area Commander and daytime police shifts.
“My favourite thing about policing is the positive impact that we can have on the people we interact with on a daily basis. I wanted to be a positive influence on the youth and I take great pride in knowing that I have done so,” he said. “Policing will always be a love and passion for me. I love knowing that I made one person’s life better because of my work.”