Special constables trained

Two members of the Cayman Islands Special Constabulary recently returned from a five-day international conference designed to provide reserve officers from across the region with networking opportunities and training sessions with experts in their field.

Assistant Commandant Carolyn Parker and Sergeant Arthur McTaggart attended the International Reserve Police Conference in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands last month, hosted by the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Called The Role of Volunteer Police in Natural Disasters, the conference was designed to give attendees an opportunity to learn about disaster procedures implemented in St Croix while at the same time discuss new techniques and information within the field, said an RCIPS press release.

There were are a number of workshops, tours and social events for networking opportunities provided for the officers, who hailed from Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, Arizona, Colorado, the US Virgin Islands and Canada.

Assistant Commandant Parker said it was a very worthwhile trip. ‘Natural disasters can be devastating and recent events such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes have proven that there is a great need for volunteer police to be ready and prepared to respond.

‘We are delighted to attend these types of training events and always come back with knowledge, skills and ideas to share with our members here in the Cayman Islands.’

Assistant Commandant Parker spent one day with the Marine Unit and Sergeant McTaggart spent a day riding with the Virgin Island’s Police unit on patrol as part of the conference.