Special Constables' Graduation
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has welcomed 19 community members into the law enforcement family following their completion of an 11-week training course designed to equip them with all the necessary skills to carry out the role of 'Special Constable.'
During a special graduation ceremony held on Wednesday evening (October 22), the 19 volunteers were sown in by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr David George.
"These men and women are a very welcome addition to the service," commented Mr George stressing that their contribution to ensuring the safety of the Cayman Islands cannot be underestimated. "These are members of the community who are willing to give up their time to assist the police in ensuring the Cayman Islands remain as safe as they are. They are an invaluable resource," he added.
From this class, seven specials will be assigned to the Bodden Town district, six to George Town and six to West Bay. The volunteers come from varied backgrounds and careers and each brings a variety of skills to the Special Constabulary. Included is an Emergency Medical Services technician, an electrical engineer, a dentist, a welder, two computer technicians, a computer salesman, a civil servant, a health care assistant, two cashiers, a nursery assistant, a construction worker, two general managers, a taxi/transport operator, an inventory clerk and a retired Fire Chief. The team will start work right away with one of their first tasks being to assist with Pirate Week festivities.
"The Special Constables have an integral part to play in policing; they have the same powers as our regular officers, wear a similar uniform and in many cases show as much commitment to the safety of the Cayman Islands as regular officers," said Inspector Anthony White head of the Training Department. "These officers worked extremely hard over the last 11 weeks and we're very proud to have them join us."
The role of the Special Constabulary is to provide efficient and effective operational support to the RCIPS, thereby enhancing the quality of service to the public and assisting the organisation achieve its policing objectives.
The volunteers are unpaid members of the community who are dedicated to protecting the Cayman Islands. The special constable can expect to be involved in assisting the RCIPS to police public events, as well as providing operational support by performing regular police duties under the supervision of full time officers of the RCIPS.
Anyone interested in joining the Special Constabulary should email the Special Commandant on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.