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How do I make an FOI request?

Requests for information must be made in writing (by post, fax or email), include your name, give an address for correspondence (which may be an email address), describe in as much detail as possible the information requested and include the form of access preferred.

FOI application forms can be downloaded from our website ( or are available at police stations. Although it is not obligatory to use this form, it helps us to respond to requests more efficiently.

Click here for more information about making a request.

Is there a charge?

There are no application or inspection fees. However, the RCIPS is permitted to continue charging for documents that attracted a fee prior to the implementation of Freedom of Information. As such, requests for police reports should continue to be made through the Crime Desk. The Criminal Records Office processes requests for police clearance, while the Scenes of Crime Office deals with requests for fingerprints. All these reports cost $10.

Detailed police reports for insurance or legal purposes, can be obtained from Specialist Support or the Traffic Department at a cost of $75.

Click here for other fees set out in the FOI Regulations.

Does FOI only apply to records created from 1 January 2009?

No. The Freedom of Information Law applies to any records held by the police, regardless of the date when they were created, providing that information is not subject to an exemption.

What percentage of police officers are Caymanian?
At January 13 2009, 50% of police officers were Caymanian.
What is the breakdown of of police officers by rank and nationality?

Figures contained in this report are as of January 13, 2009.

What is the process for deciding salary scales?

New recruits start at point 1 on the ‘O’ scale. Police officers joining the RCIPS with 5 to 9 years experience begin at point 5 on the ‘O’ scale, whilst those with 10 years or more start at point 6 on the same scale.

Click here to see the salary scales for civil servants.

Where can I see the paper work relating to the purchase of the helicopter?

A full report has been completed by the Auditor General, a copy of which can be found on the Government website at

What is the age requirement for owning a firearm license?

For shotguns, air pistols, air guns or air rifles individuals must be at least 18 years old; for all other types of firearms, 21 years old. For more information about firearms applications click here.

What would prohibit a person from being granted a firearm license?

Under the Firearms Law a ‘restricted person’ would be prohibited from getting a firearm license.

A ‘restricted person’ is any person who has served a prison term for 3 months or upwards and has been released within 5 years, or commits another offence within the next 5 years.

According to the Firearms Law no license shall be granted to any person who is of intemperate habits, liable to fits of uncontrolled temper, notoriously careless in the use of firearms or of unsound mind; or is for any reason unfit to be entrusted with a firearm.

The appropriate authority for the grant of a firearm license is the Commissioner of Police, in his absolute discretion.

Where can I get information about Operation Tempura?

Although responsibility for the investigation lies with the Acting Commissioner of Police, all requests relating to FOI should be made to the Information Manager at

Last Updated: 2011-02-01

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