Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
Trade officers with the Department of Commerce and Investment
(DCI) are getting further instruction on what it takes to enforce
local laws, with training from the Royal Cayman Islands Police
Created under the Trade and Business Licensing Law (TBL),
DCI's trade officers have the same powers as police constables.
The first in a series of training sessions took place last month at
the RCIPS Training and Development Unit, and covered aspects such
as arrest protocols, incident reporting, and officer
'During the session we covered their newly found duties as
constables and the powers imposed upon them – in particular,
powers of arrest, use of force and verbal communication', said
police constable and lead officer safety trainer Gabe Rabess.
'Being a constable itself is a great undertaking, and the use
of trade officers in business matters is a positive. We look
forward to continuing their training'.
Under the TBL, which commenced on 1 January, trade officers will
be able to search business premises and issue tickets against
breaches to licensing requirements.
A DCI administrator and three trade officers, all with previous
law enforcement experience with the RCIPS, Immigration and Customs,
took part in the training. In addition to the TBL, DCI enforces
other commerce-related laws including the Liquor Licensing Law, and
Film Exhibition Control Law.
DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh said the trade officers have a
big role to play in the successful implementation of local
'The law-abiding business community has repeatedly called
for action against those who do not follow the various laws in
Cayman,' he said. 'As the authority on all forms of
business licensing, it is important that we have an effective
enforcement arm to deal with noncompliance. With properly trained
trade officers, we can improve local commerce for business
Among other benefits, the TBL is intended to create a level
playing field for business owners, and to lead to greater
efficiencies in the overall business licensing system by reducing
approval times for licences, clarifying business licensing
categories and improving DCI's enforcement powers.
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