A new class of 13 locally recruited cadets were sworn in to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service this week, but the class was a bit smaller than initially announced by police officials.
Two cadets approved during the recruitment process, which involved some 500 applicants initially, were not present at the swearing in ceremony.
Although their personal details were not revealed by the police service, it was understood that two of the recruits were not allowed to sign an employment contract because it was determined they did not meet specific employment criteria.
Requests for further clarification of the matter concerning the two absent cadets were not answered by press time Wednesday.
The 13 cadets represent the largest locally recruited officer class in the department’s history, Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis said.
The trainee officers who signed contracts with the RCIPS began their 16-week training course this week. The cadets must complete the training before becoming full-time police constables.
Following the training course, the officers will be considered “probationary” for two years and typically spend most of that time being mentored by a senior officer.
Officer training includes lessons on the police code of conduct, the Cayman Islands Bill of Rights, accident response, interaction with victims of and witnesses to crime, and search and arrest procedures.
In addition, some basic criminal law, crime scene investigations, conflict management and first aid training is provided in the course.
The cadets, all Caymanians or permanent residents, come from an array of backgrounds, including nursing, insurance, accounting, hospitality and professional sports. Some worked for the special constabulary as volunteers.
Eight of the 13 cadets already have or are working on an associate’s degree. One cadet is in his final year in law school.