Police on lookout for Special Constables

The Royal Cayman Islands Police is
seeking volunteers to become Special Constables.

There will be an open house at the
RCIPS Training Centre in Governor’s Square on Saturday, from 10am to 1pm for
anyone interested in finding out how to become a special constable.

Many of the men and women who
already volunteer will be available to answer questions, and discuss
opportunities available in the RCIPS Special Constabulary, police said.

There are currently 85 Special
Constables in the police service and the force is looking for new recruits to
swell the ranks.

‘Specials’, as they are known, are
expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours every month to the RCIPS.

They work alongside regular
officers on foot and mobile patrol duties. When on duty, they have the same
powers as regular police officers.

Posts are open to people from all
walks of life. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 50 years, be physically
fit and have no criminal convictions.

If not Caymanian, they must have
lived and worked in the Cayman Islands for a minimum of two years.

“You don’t have to have any
specific skills to become a Special Constable, just a real desire to make a
difference in the communities we serve,” said Inspector Peter McLaughlin of the
RCIPS Training Department.

“We currently have housewives, doctors,
pilots and car mechanics who give up their own time to come out and work with us.
They all play a very important part in the RCIPS team and make a huge
contribution to keeping our communities safe.”

Application forms will be available
at the Training Centre on Saturday. The closing date for applications is 23
April 2010.

Applicants who meet the selection
criteria will be expected to pass a physical test, a written test and take part
in an interview before their appointment will be confirmed.

People in certain occupations are
precluded from joining the “Specials”. These include those involved in the
management of the law, such as magistrates, justices of the peace,

clerks of court and probation
officers; social workers involved in the administration of criminal law;
holders of liquor licences and managers of licensed premises; security guards,
including owners and employees of private security companies; prison officers;
and private detectives.

The next training class for Special
Constables will begin as quickly as possible following the completion of the
recruitment process.

Anyone who cannot make it along to
the event on Saturday can call the Commandant of the RCIPS Special Constabulary,
Richard Harris for further information. He can be contacted on 916-3344 or
[email protected]


The 2009 graduating class of Special Constables.
Photo: File