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RCIPS Statement on Local Blog Coverage of FCU Arrest, 8 February

8th February, 2019 Police Headlines

The RCIPS notes the coverage on Cayman Marl Road regarding an arrest made by the RCIPS Financial Crimes Unit yesterday, 7 February.  This coverage contains the name and photograph of an accused party, which negatively impacts on the presumption of innocence of this individual and could endanger the fairness of the court process. It also contains comments about a police officer which are untrue. The arrest in question was lawful and executed in a professional manner, in alignment with police policy and procedures.

The practice of naming suspects, victims or other parties, and posting their photographs, disregards the impacts that such coverage has not only on the fairness of the court process, but on the lives of those whose identities are used as a kind of currency for readership. Despite best efforts to address this damaging practice with this blog site, the practice continues. The RCIPS maintains that such coverage is a threat to the judicial process and the health and welfare of those involved in the judicial process.