Several youngsters are having the privilege of taking part in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s “Be a Cop for a Day” programme.
The recruits, as they were referred to by officers, were chosen for the programme as a result of their academic performance, community spirit or by virtue of their having shown interest in becoming officers.
“This is about building on the neighbourhood policing programme. It is about the community and attracting, as well as reaching out to, them and giving them a taste of policing,” said Police Commissioner David Baines. “Their ages range from 10 years old to 16 and, who knows, one day they may want to come and serve the community as police officers in the future.”
The police have had similar initiatives in the past, partnering with youth academies and cadet programmes. “Grabbing them early has always been important. It is our hope for them to have a positive view of policing and what it entails,” Mr. Baines said.
Recruit Caswell Ferguson said, “We learnt how to stand at attention, as well as lessons in respect, how to deal with the public and what police do daily.”
The recruits were also treated to visits to the police department’s air support and marine units, as well as the helicopter hangar, lunch with the commissioner and a graduation.
Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, who was instrumental in the inaugural programme’s development, said, “I have always believed it to be important to foster a good relationship between the community and the police. We can accomplish much be impressing young minds. The RCIPS is always actively seeking out ways to guild relationships with the public and youth in particular, as they will be the police of tomorrow.”