First police recruit class in three years

RCIPS looking for 12-15 officers

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will host its first cadet training class since 2010 later this year if it can find enough suitable local candidates to fill a dozen or so entry-level police officer positions.  

Applications for the post of police constable opened Tuesday and will close Oct. 31.  

The recruitment effort is being done in part to bolster the ranks of Caymanian police officers within the RCIPS, which have fallen in recent years because of a large staff increase made up of English and Jamaican officers mostly hired from abroad. There are now 169 Caymanian officers out of 396 total officers on the force – meaning about 42.5 percent of the officers are Caymanian. Those numbers do not include civilian employees working in the department.  

“It’s clear that the make-up of any law enforcement agency must reflect the diversity of the communities it polices,” said RCIPS Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton, currently the second-highest ranking Caymanian employed in the police service. “Over the past few years, the number of Caymanian officers has fallen below our preferred levels as a result of natural attrition.”  

The RCIPS has been one of the fastest-growing government departments over the past two years, according to records released by government in July. 

The service, including both police officers and civilian employees, had 406 employees in mid-2010. Two years later, the department had grown to 475 workers. 

According to the records, the number of Caymanian employees in the RCIPS between 2010 and 2012 remained virtually unchanged. All of the growth in the department derived from non-Caymanian employees, whose numbers went from 183 in 2010 to 253 last year – almost a 30 per cent increase. 

The increase of overall staff within the police service is mostly due to an increase in police officers during the period. The number of RCIPS officers staffing the department in early 2011 was 364. According to records released to the newspaper last November, the police service had 408 officers. That number has apparently now fallen to 396, as of the service’s latest count.  

All candidates who are short listed for the recruit positions must pass a vetting process including an entrance exam. That exam includes math and English tests and a physical test which includes a running test, an interview and a medical test. The police constable’s position pays between CI$31,000 and CI$43,000 per year.  

The new recruits, who must all be between 18 and 30, will also have to undergo 16 weeks of initial training before joining the department under the direction of a more experience constable. After a two-year probationary period, the recruit will become a full time police constable. 

“There is a myriad of opportunities available, not only front-line policing, but also in the many specialist departments such as [criminal investigation], air operations, financial crimes and the joint marine unit,” Mr. Walton said.  

“It’s not at all like ‘CSI’ or ‘Law and Order’. Our officers deal with real-life situations where people are experiencing real-life, critical issues. It takes dedication, hard work and commitment to be a successful police officer. We want to attract recruits who will rise to those challenges and help us make a difference in our communities.” 

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Local police are recruiting additional officers. – Photo: Chris Court
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