Police Detention Centre
The Cayman Islands Detention Centre (Detention Centre) is located in the Fairbanks Road area of George Town adjacent to Her Majesty’s Female Prison and the Immigration Detention Centre. It is a multi-purpose facility that is primarily designed to process and detain persons who have been arrested, or are answering bail. The Detention Centre comprises two (2) residential wings with six (6) cells on either wing. Each cell has a double bunk bed which allows for a maximum capacity of 24 detainees. However, currently only one prisoner is housed per cell, in accordance with recent human rights recommendations.
When the Detention Centre was opened in March 2016, the facility was welcomed as a dramatic improvement in detention conditions for those in police custody in the Cayman Islands. The use of old cells in the George Town and West Bay Police Stations, considered unfit for human habitation in UK detention monitoring reports, was immediately discontinued. Among other improvements, the new facility has allowed for the required separation of men, women and children while in custody, and has also enabled officers to monitor vulnerable detainees on CCTV at all times.
The Detention Centre serves many integral functions within the workflow of the entire organization, as it is not only where arrestees are held, it is also where all police bail is processed, all suspects are interviewed, and where identification parades are carried out. In 2017 a new electronic identification system known as PROMAT was installed at the Detention Centre, which allows for identification parades to be executed through the use of digital photos. The use of PROMAT eliminates the need for detectives to find people to populate actual line-ups, which heretofore had been a cumbersome and time-intensive task with potential pitfalls in small populations. The system pulls photos from a database of pictures from across the Caribbean.
Altogether, 2,541 prisoners were processed through the Detention Centre in 2017, fifty-one of which were processed for partner agencies, such as the Cayman Islands Customs Service and Anti-Corruption Commission. As of June 2017 the Detention Centre began formal cooperation with HMP Northward to hold the overflow of remand prisoners when the facility is full. During the last six months of the year, forty-five prisoners on remand were held at the Detention Centre for at least one night or more.
The Detention Centre is managed by an inspector, who is supported by five sergeants, two constables and sixteen auxiliary constables. The inspector manages the operational resilience of the Detention Centre with the assistance of one sergeant who serves as his deputy.