Policing in Cayman Brac has received a ‘special’ boost this week thanks to the addition of 11 new Special Constables.
The volunteers were sworn in by Acting Superintendent Courtney Myles at a graduation ceremony on 29 July, following an intense four-week training course administered by the RCIPS Training Department.
During the ceremony, it was noted that special constables make an enormous contribution to the community by giving up their spare time to volunteer their services.
‘Less than two months ago we had a vision of enhancing the Special Constabulary in the Brac,’ Area Commander, Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh said in a press release. ‘At that time we had no idea that we would find such keen and dedicated volunteers willing to come forward. We have been overwhelmed.’
Inspector Beersingh also noted that the extra complement will almost double the current strength of regular constables, which stands at 12.
‘We have seen this programme work well, we have seen it fade away and now we are seeing it come back to life which is very welcome,’ said District Commissioner Ernie Scott.
Head of Training, Inspector Anthony White made special mention of the hard work the volunteers had put in over the last four weeks. ‘The training was intense at times. We would often be working until one or two in the morning and their enthusiasm never seemed to falter,’ he said. ‘Can you imagine working in the dark behind the admin building in the early hours of the morning? That’s dedication.’
Special Constable Faith Bodden echoed those comments during her students’ address. ‘This wasn’t an easy road. We started out with 13 on this journey and 11 of us made it to the end,’ she said. ‘There were times when we all thought of giving up but we want to give back to the community. We live in paradise in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman and the crime rate is minimal when compared to other small islands – we all want to play our part in keeping it that way.’
Special Constables have an integral part to play in policing; they have the same powers as regular officers, wear a similar uniform and in many cases show as much commitment to the safety of the Cayman Islands as regular officers, the release noted.
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.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Special Constabulary, please contact your nearest police station.