Six rookie cops now on the beat

| 10/05/2017 | 13 Comments
Caymn News Service

2017 RCIPS Recruit Class

(CNS): After seventeen “rigorous weeks of training” on the Initial Recruit Foundation Course, six new RCIPS officer have hit the streets for their on-the-job training. The classroom course provided “a firm grounding in the legal, operational, and fitness aspects” of police work, officials said, but getting out on the beat is where the theory will be put into practice for the five men and one woman who have now joined operational duties.

The recruits graduated this week at a special ceremony, where they were told being a police officer would change them.

“You will acquire every life skill during the process,” Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne told the class. “But at the same time your ideas, your skills and your experiences will also influence the RCIPS. I have no doubt in what we can accomplish together to strengthen the peace and security of the Cayman Islands.”

After graduating and being assigned to police duties, the new constables will embark on a tutored phase of on-the-job training with an experienced officer, during which they will be assessed for their suitability for independent patrolling. Continuous assessments throughout their two-year probationary period will follow, until they are eventually confirmed in rank by the commissioner.

The recruits range in age from 19 to 36, with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, such as business administration, information technology, tourism and the security sector. The recruits include footballers, basketballers and a trained boxer who has competed internationally.

Two auxiliary constables with several years of service in the RCIPS also graduated with the recruit class to become full-fledged police constables, having completed the requisite training to qualify for this advancement.

During the graduation ceremony at the Harquail Theatre, Acting Governor Franz Manderson said he was proud to meet the six young people devoting their careers to public service. “Their enthusiasm and commitment to our safety and security is an example for all young people on our islands to follow,” he added.

As of March of this year, the RCIPS began accepting online applications year-round for local police constables through its website.

The RCIPS also participates regularly at career fairs around the islands and welcomes any questions about the recruitment process or a career in policing at

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Good luck and godspeed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent news ….I have to say I’m impressed with this commissioner.

    • frangipani says:

      I too am impressed with this gentleman after a very brief and pleasant encounter with he and his wife recently.
      I trust and pray he will get all the support he needs from those to whom he reports.

  3. Veritas says:

    Have we managed to reduce the number of born Caymanian unemployed by six, I wager not.

    • Anonymous says:

      So go apply.

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent news! I feel this Commissioner is doing exactly as it says on the tin. Not just recruiting Caymanians but being proactive in combating the crime of the Islands………a very difficult task indeed by any standard. Hopefully, this will give a little encouragement for more Caymanians to join the Force. We all need to work together people, to get these Islands back to the wonderful safe Islands they were for the future of our children and eradicate the scum. Well done Commissioner!

      • Anonymous says:

        Who says their all Caymanian?
        I think you’ll find that Jamaica or Jamaican heritage plays a much stronger part than you think.

        • Anonymous says:

          We have just as much British heritage in terms of first settlers and families yet this as an independent territory we have been dominated by one nationality African & Middle Eastern Jamaicans, go figure

          • frangipani says:

            sorry mate. Cayman is not an independent territory

          • Anonymous says:

            look who’s trying to hold on to a white heritage. haha.. I mean come on… seriously. I guess everything black is bag ehh? Masa sure got you train well

    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately not. Apparently despite having 600 plus caymanians graduate from high school yearly, the Rcips still struggle to find suitable candidates. Seems a bit far fetched to me. I wonder why.

      • Anonymous says:

        You surely have to agree 11.12pm not all applicants are suitable for any job not just the RCIPS. This post carries a lot of responsibility and decision making on the spot. You have to be focused and have the right attitude. I know, I have done this training. It is not for the faint hearted or people with a low intellect. With all due respect, We are not all blessed with these qualities. Just because we are Caymanian doesn’t mean we are best suited for the post. There are a huge amount of foreign workers, just like in Cayman in the U.K/US With top jobs. Why? Because they are educated to a high standard and have achieved their goals. They deserve these jobs. We couldn’t do without them just like you couldn’t do without expats despite what some of you may think. People in the US and U.K. Are not all highly qualified or indeed suitable for certain posts that’s why personnel are sourced from overseas. There are highly qualified people in Jamaica and certainly in Cayman who have proved themselves beyond expectations and I applaud them all. So people, give everyone a chance to prove themselves. Stop bitching about the RCIPS and think positive. The Police Commissioner is an extremely intelligent man with a huge amount of experience over many years in the U.K. With the responsibilities of far more personnel than he is currently overseeing. Work with the RCIPS not against them. I would give my right arm to be back in the Force, unfortunately, my age is now against me. It’s an excellent career……..for the right people!

    • Anonymous says:

      Our unemployed tend to be there by current or past choices, often the product of occupying, or having a preference for, the opposing side of the legal line.

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