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TCI gets New Interim Police Commissioner, what Chris Eyre brings to the table

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New Police Commissioner Chris Eyre

Dana Malcolm
Staff Writer

#TurksandCaicosIslands, February 14, 2024Chris Eyre, The Turks and Caicos’ Newest Interim Acting Commissioner took over the reins of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force on Monday, February 12th, under the watchful eye of Dileeni Daniel Selveratnam, TCI Governor. 

The emergency stand-in was called in from Cyprus after confirmation that Commissioner Designate Edvin Martin would be out for an additional three months, until May, because of health issues. 

Back in November when Martin’s appointment was announced several residents expressed frustration that a local had been overlooked for the role.

“What a shame we are still in a position where our own can’t rise to this level through succession planning,” said one man. 

Before Eyre’s appointment in Cyprus, he was a Chief Constable (Commissioner equivalent) in Nottinghamshire.

His tenure there began much like his tenure in the Turks and Caicos having been called in after a UK review that described the force as sub-par. After serving a year as Deputy he was promoted to Chief Constable on the retirement of Julia Hodson.

Hodson told the BBC  “Since he joined the force as deputy chief constable last year, Chris has made an outstanding contribution to policing in Nottinghamshire, not only in driving down crime but in overseeing a major re-engineering of how the service is delivered to the public.”

Eyre, on his Linkedin, said he “was invited to lead the transformation of Nottinghamshire Police which had been assessed as a ‘failed force’ by a Home Office capability review. At the time of moving to Nottinghamshire, it was assessed as ‘poor’ in all domains by HMIC. At the time of retiring from the Force in 2016, it was assessed as ‘good’ in all domains. Over the intervening 6 years the force had also achieved a 25% reduction in its budgets.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) described the county as the 18th most dangerous place to live in 2023, a classification that was surprising to most residents who spoke to the Nottinghamshire live news describing the area as safe. 

On his departure in 2016, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping told Notts TV “Chris Eyre has been an outstanding Chief Constable for Nottinghamshire. Crime in Nottinghamshire is falling faster than almost anywhere else in the UK and Nottinghamshire Police is the fastest improving police force in England and Wales.”

According to crimerate.co.uk  crime rates in Nottingham, the most dangerous city in Nottinghamshire, rose in 2016 after the departure of Eyre from 95 percent in 2016 to 119 percent in 2017 and 133 percent in 2018.

Eyre has not yet spoken publicly about his appointment to the Turks and Caicos but Governor Daniel-Selvaratnam has expressed confidence in the officer.

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Two Deaths on Monday July 8, Police report on Sudden Death and Unresponsive Male

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating separate sudden deaths that occurred in South Caicos and Providenciales.

On Monday, July 8th, 2024, shortly after 10 a.m., the Police Control Room received a call reporting that a male employee had fallen from the fourth floor of a Resort in South Caicos.

Officers and medical personnel were dispatched, and upon arrival at the resort, officers were told that the employee was fixing an air-conditioning unit when he fell off a ladder.  The male was transported to the South Caicos Clinic for treatment but was pronounced dead at 11:47 AM.

The deceased has been identified as a 47-year-old Indian national, whose name is being withheld at this time, pending the next of kin being informed.

The second incident occurred shortly after noon in Providenciales.

Officers of the RT&CIPF responded to a report made at a Resort located along Lower Bight Providenciales. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male lying on his back on the beach, surrounded by a group of people performing chest compressions. The victim had been removed from the water after being discovered floating.

The 52-year-old victim was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center via ambulance but sadly passed away.

The RT&CIPF extends condolences to the family and friends of the deceased men

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TCI Cabinet agrees to subsidise South Caicos international flights in May 29th meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday May 29th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved the Statutory Bodies 4th Quarter Special Purpose Financial Report for FY 2023-2024.
  2. Approved the 4th Quarter Financial Report for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and agreed for the report to be published on the government’s website.
  3. Granted approval under Refurbishment Policy for a duty concession on the importation of construction, materials, furniture, fixtures, and fittings for the Palms Resort.
  4. Granted approval of the request from the Ministry of Public Safety to access the Contingency Fund to support immediately required security arrangements.
  5. Did not support the request for the waiver of Import Customs Duty.
  6. Granted approval for the disposal of 73,000 cubic yards/meters of silt that will be dredged from the seabed during the South Dock Redevelopment Project.
  7. Granted approval for amendments to the Electricity Ordinance and approved Draft Control of Capital Investment Policy which would allow for advance approval of any significant capital expenditures by a public supplier.
  8. Granted approval for the reappointment of the following persons to the Electricity Board for a period of one (1) year commencing May 21, 2024: John Ariza-Chairman, Master Electrical, Richard Harvey-Member, Electrical Contractors, Menelik Astwood-Member TCICC, James Fulford-Member Electrical Contractors, Director of Planning-Dainer Lightbourne-ex-officio, Energy and Utilities Commission-Delano Arthur-ex-officio and Permanent Secretary (MPSU) Mrs. Bridgette Newman ex-officio, and Shanetta Thompson appointed as Secretary for a period of 2 years.
  9. Granted approval for a long-term lease over Parcels 10506/29 South Suburbs, Grand Turk for the development of a cruise stop over resort type facility.
  10. Noted the findings of the Registrar and approved an interim settlement to be paid in respect of Interim Certificate of Taxation re: CL 42/21 Thanbyrase Srikanth et al v Director of Immigration et al-Cost Certificate)
  11. Granted approval of the Draft District Administration Bill 2024 and noted the stakeholder consultation plan that was scheduled to be conducted throughout the islands.
  12. Noted the previous approval for the budget reallocation within the DMMO Experience Turks and Caicos to fund the minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) in respect to international airlift to the island of South Caicos

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Proposed Amendments for Business Licensing in TCI heard at June 4 Cabinet Meeting  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 17th meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday June 4th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Knowles and the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Safety and Utilities.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the Ministry of Finance on the proposed amendments to Business Licensing which was being put forward as a result of the consultations that had taken place and agreed next steps.

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