The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s ranks swelled last week with the graduation of 18 new officers.
And according to two of the graduates, PC Tyvonne Solomon-Mennes and PC Terryanne Iton, their collective goal is to foster better relationships between the police and the Cayman society while enforcing the law to the best of their ability.
The graduating class brings the number of officers in the RCIPS to 354.
Commissioner David Baines and Governor Stuart Jack presented police certificates and awards to the five female and 13 male officers at a graduation ceremony at the Harquail Theatre Friday afternoon.
PC 133 Kara Ebanks was awarded Best Overall student; PC 152 Floriza Guevara, Best Overall Improvement; PC 149 Terryanne Iton, Most Improved Drill and PC 139 Tyvonne Solomon-Mennes, Second Best Academic student.
PC 168 Harvel Grant was awarded Best Academic student and PC 172 Hugh Williams, Best Drill.
Governor Stuart Jack commended the new officers on their achievements through the gruelling 14-week course, telling the audience he had personally witnessed them out on the roads and on the beach near his residence.
‘I admire you for the hard work you have clearly shown throughout the course,’ he said. ‘You have taken up a very noble profession. Law and order is fundamental to any society’s sense of well-being and its prosperity,’ he said.
Mr. Jack said that is especially true in the Cayman Islands, where law and order are essential to our two main industries, financial services and tourism.
‘You are in the front line, there will always be crime in society, but through your hard work and support of the community we can reduce that crime and prevent it from getting worse. That is going to be a major part of your responsibilities.’
Mr. Jack also reminded officers that in their own words they have expressed a desire to serve the community. He told them never to forget that.
‘Demonstrate through your actions if you want to help the community.’
Mr. Jack said the class of graduates has set a good example by raising money through a fundraising walk that drew them closer to the community.
On behalf of the new officers, PC Tyvonne Solomon-Mennes and PC Terryanne Iton said their training marked the beginning of a character building journey that none of them will ever forget.
They also expanded on how the group has become close even though they vary in age, gender, ethnicity and physical endurance and come from various backgrounds such as mechanics, law enforcement, administrative, services and fire service.
The 14-week course consisted of four components; academic, physical exercise, assimilation into police culture and drill.
One of the group’s instructors, Inspector Anthony White, nicknamed the ‘Developer’ by recruits, said the group got through physical tests and real life tragedies that could have easily broken the spirit and will of the average individual. He applauded their character and perseverance.
‘They chose to lead and place themselves as a vanguard of what is decent in all of us. How noble that is in such a taxing time in our country.’
‘You are in the front line, there will always be crime in society, but through your hard work and support of the community we can reduce that crime and prevent it from getting worse. That is going to be a major part of your responsibilities.’ – Governor Stuart Jack