Rookie coastguard officers begin training

| 12/01/2021 | 16 Comments
Cayman News Service
CICG recruits with Governor Martyn Roper and CICG officers (click to enlarge)

(CNS): Six women and ten men began training this week for the most recent arm of Cayman’s ever-growing uniform branches of government. The Cayman Islands Coast Guard started its first ever recruit programme following a summer recruitment drive, which whittled down 300 Caymanian applicants to the 16 who have now begun this eight-week training course. Lieutenant Commander Leo Anglin said the CICG was pleased with the capabilities displayed by the recruits so far.

“While intense, this eight week training is critical to their successful development,” he said in a press release. “It will ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills to respond to any maritime needs of our community while ensuring our service is in keeping with the standards of other coast guard agencies internationally.”

The overall programme comprises academic, physical and water-based training to equip recruits with the necessary engineering tools, maritime law enforcement training and search and rescue skills. Throughout this process, the recruits will be evaluated based on sustainability and skills.

If they have successfully met the recruitment and selection criteria for entry into the CICG by the end of the programme, they will receive the designation of coast guard recruit. They will then be attached to one of the various operational units within the coastguard, where they will continue to learn and develop their professional competence and proficiency.

Governor Martyn Roper visited the recruits on Monday, the first in a line of dignitaries expected to visit the trainees to spur them on. “It was a great pleasure to welcome the men and women who are our new Cayman Islands Coast Guard recruits to our law enforcement family,” Roper said.

“It was a tough recruitment process and they should all be very proud to have been successful. They now have eight weeks of training ahead in a variety of subjects to prepare them for their careers at sea protecting our borders, keeping our boating community safe and upholding maritime law,” he added.

Roper described the start of the training for these recruits as “an exciting step forward for law enforcement and maritime security”, as he noted Cayman’s long seafaring heritage.

CICG Commander Robert Scotland noted that this group was the first of many recruitment drives. “Our continued mission is to provide the necessary search and rescue operations required on our waters to support the commercial and recreational maritime activity of our local community, enforce the maritime laws of our islands, while also ensuring the safety and security of our borders across the Cayman Islands,” he stated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Lol I hope we all did not forget a few of our brand new boats for the marine police high and dry on the reef.. you guys dont want to know the repair and storage bill as well after sitting at the marina for years.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The UK and Unity Government created the Coast Guard without a governing law.

    Another example of UNLAWFUL government action.

    Rule of UNLAWFULNESS GOVERNOR ROPER what flimsy excuse do you have for that.

    Added to all of this Dagaroo Cayman Brac US Government mercenary drones and helicopters operating out of Cayman Brac to wage secret wars in Central and South America.

    The UNITY lawless government goes from bad to worse.

  3. Anonymous says:

    8 whole weeks of training. Jeez

  4. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I would have taken 100 of them, 20 at a time, out in some rough weather for a few hours, and then select 16 from those who still wanted the job.

    Several of them look like they might change their mind about the Coast Guard after talking to “Ralph” for half-an-hour.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It was a tough recruitment process ..

    Just curious…Is it possible to see the samples of the written tests they had to pass? What else the recruitment process included?

    • Anonymous says:

      They got from 300 to 16 before they even started on basic training? Sheesh. What were the selection criteria – turning up?

  6. anon says:

    Can they all swim, and navigate a boat without running it onto a reef?.If there were 300 Caymanian applicants why do we have so few applying to join the police force?.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s always funny to me when people who have no interest in applying to join the police service wonder why people aren’t applying to join the police service.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Where are all the money coming from ?. Its seems like it have no end. Every week the Govetnmemt is hiring more and more people and even giving Policiations 3 months wages if they lose. L o l

  8. Anonymous says:

    So what happens to the Marine Unit?

    • Shame says:

      The JMU guys are being sidelined then discarded.

      One by one the Senior Command of both the RCIPS and Coast Guard are constructively going to get rid of them without even so much as a thank you.

      The JMU crews have, on numerous occasions for years, done the job WOTHOUT proper equipment, support or even pay. They have been kicked around, used and abused.

      They have accomplished, what many other Nations and other organizations, have said were extraordinary feats of bravery and sacrifice.

      But they will be cast aside like always. The government knows this and will do nothing. The CG command knows this too and does anything to hide it.

      It a shame though. Many people owe their lives to these guys. They never asked for anything though except for a little respect.

      They risked their lives for the country but the country has brushed them aside like nothing.


  9. Anonymous says:

    the party never stops in the civil service……

    • Anonymous says:

      Even Cubans decided to leave this territory. They aren’t fools, the Cubans.

      • Anonymous says:

        That is an incredible statement. Well done. You see the political and government thuggery going on in Cayman too?

        I feel sorry for CNS, the only place with a vestige of truth, but struggling.

        How can we help, CNS?
        Leave your agendas, seek truth only and you will get the help you need.

        CNS, we need you.

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