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A Tribute to the Late William Hortor Rankine – Former Inspector of Police

A Tribute to the Late William Hortor Rankine – Former Inspector of Police

28th October, 2021 Police Headlines Community

On Sunday 17 October, the RCIPS participated in the funeral service of the late former Inspector of Police Mr. William Hortor Rankine, who passed away on Monday 11 October. Mr. William Hortor Rankine served with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service for 26 years, from 1970 to 1996.


During the funeral service, which was a full RCIPS ceremonial service, the body of Former Inspector Rankine was escorted to the Webster’s Memorial Church in Bodden Town where he was carried by an RCIPS Bearer Party, guarded by the Guard Contingent and was saluted by the parade contingent formed in his honour. During the ceremony, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCoP) Kurt Walton presented a tribute to the family of former Inspector Rankine, where his history with the RCIPS was described, along with some of his most noteworthy accomplishments, including his various promotions and awards.


At the burial ground, DCoP Walton presented the folded Cayman Islands flag, along with a service cap and belt to his granddaughter Ms. Chloe McLean, then laid the RCIPS Wreath at his grave. At the graveside ceremony, a final call for service was aired in his honour by the emergency dispatcher at the 9-1-1 Communication Centre of the Department of Public Safety and Communication.


“It was my honour to have presented on behalf of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Office of the Commissioner of Police and to be given the opportunity to pay my respects to the late, Former Inspector of Police Mr. William Horton Rankine,” said DCoP Walton.


The Late Former Inspector W. H. Rankine enlisted in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service on 3rd June 1970 at the age of 29 and dedicated 26 years of service. He was a very well-rounded officer, who worked in various districts and departments over the years, not to mention receiving a number of promotions and accolades throughout the span of his career.


In 1970, Inspector Rankine was placed at the Central Police Station for duty, once he completed his training to become a police officer. In 1972, he was transferred to the East End Police Station, where he remained until his promotion from constable to corporal in 1975, at which time he was relocated to CPS once again. Following his promotion, he travelled to Barbados to complete training for the role of a corporal. While at CPS, Inspector Rankine was promoted once again to the rank of Sergeant in the year 1977. The quality of his work and the impression that he made on both his commanding officers and those he was in charge of was reflected in the short period of time in which he was promoted, as he was then promoted to the rank of Inspector after only two short years, in the year 1979.  


After his promotion to the Rank of Inspector, he was transferred to the Drugs Task Force, where he then travelled to the US Virgin Islands to complete a Drugs Course. During his time at the Drugs Task Force, he and his team received a Commissioners Commendations and Award, for a drug arrest that was made in his first year as an inspector, an award to which he received several throughout his career for various jobs done.


After 2 years in the Drugs Task Force, Inspector Rankine was then transferred to CPS once again in 1982, and in the following year, 1983, he participated in the Royal Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Following her visit, Inspector Rankine again was Commended and recognised by the Commissioner of Police for his “Efficiency and professional ability during the Royal Visit.”


He remained at CPS for a number of years and during the year 1988, he was recommended for and received the Police Long Service Medal.


Between 1989 – 1992, Inspector Rankine transferred between Cayman Brac Police Station, CPS and the Eastern Districts, before returning to CPS in 1993, where he spent the remainder of his career.


Inspector Rankin retired from the service at the age of 55 in the year 1996, after 26 years with the RCIPS. He was spoken of in fondness by the then Commissioner of Police Mr. A.M. Grey, QPM, who noted that though Inspector Rankine did not wish for a retirement function to celebrate his service, he made certain that he was spoken to in person and thanked him for his service.


Throughout the years, the comments made by his colleagues and superiors painted a vivid picture of his character which stays true to the memories shared by those who served alongside him, even for a short time. Words such as hardworking, respectful, dedicated, honest, knowledgeable and disciplined, just to state a few.


“On behalf of the RCIPS, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and loved ones of our former Inspector of Police Mr. William Hortor Rankine,” says Acting CoP Mr. Anthony Ennis. “It is clear that former Inspector Rankine provided an exceptional service to the Cayman Islands and made the RCIPS proud throughout his service. It was our pleasure to be a part of his send off.”