Police Recruits Sworn In
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) swore in 13 police constables (PCs) this morning, Monday, 31 March 2014.
As soon as the brief ceremony was over the new officers immediately began a 16 week training course that they must successfully complete before they can become operational police officers.
Trainers expect to cover a wide range of topics, such as: the RCIPS code of conduct and ethics in law enforcement, the bill of rights, providing an initial response to accidents, victim and witness support, searching individuals, premises, vehicles and open spaces, as well as arresting, detaining or reporting individuals.
Other subjects to be covered include: core criminal law subjects, forensics and crime scenes, managing conflict, conducting investigations, interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses, and First Aid.
Eight of the group already have either an associate's degree from the University College of the Cayman Islands, are still working towards an associate's degree, or have spent some time studying at this level. One is in his final year at the Cayman Islands Law School and another is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminology through the University of the West Indies Open Campus.
The trainee constables come from a wide range of different vocational backgrounds, including nursing, insurance, accounting, the hospitality industry and professional sports. A few have already worked for the police as civilian staff, or in the special constabulary.
Asked about her motivation for becoming a police officer 20-year-old Nassaria Thompson said: "I knew it would give me the necessary training and development I need to achieve my career goal of one day becoming a homicide detective.
Twenty-one year old Gregory Banks Jr, whose father is also a RCIPS officer, also commented: "My main reason for wanting to become a police officer is to give back to my country, while being a role model to all Caymanians.
Sarah Joy Bodden, Kishna Burke, Christopher Davies, Kadane Romane Hall, Craig-Anthony S. Jervis, Zachary Marc McLaughlin, Kristoff Powell, Andre Savoury, Patricia Sevik, Andrae Strachan, and Maxwell Thomas round out the list of recruits. The group will remain on probation for their first two years with the RCIPS.
Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis who headed the committee responsible for the recruitment process notes that this is the largest number of successful candidates to be Caymanian or have permanent residency. He also says the RCIPS was extremely pleased by their level of achievement prior to joining the service.
For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks