Police recruitment drive ends Thursday

Police recruit hopefuls have until the end of Thursday to get their applications in.

More than 100 candidates who meet the minimum qualifications have applied so far, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Police have been on a month-long recruitment drive, looking for Caymanians and permanent residents between 18 and 40 to join the service as entry-level constables. Ultimately, 12 to 15 applicants will be selected to begin training in August.

Chief Inspector Kurt Walton said the job is “an opportunity to come out and serve your community.” He said it’s a good job for the right candidates, adding, “It’s served me well over the past 28 years.”

Mr. Walton said 113 applications have met the initial qualifications so far. Another 50 were rejected because they did not meet the requirements for status, did not have a clean criminal record or were not physically fit.

“We’re confident we can find 12 individuals out of these 113,” he said. “It will be a competitive process based on merit.”

The hiring process, which begins in May, is expected to take two months.

Successful candidates should know if they have been admitted by the beginning of July to give them a month to leave their current jobs. The new recruit training is scheduled to begin Aug. 3.

RCIPS training and development manager Inspector Kevin Ashworth, in an earlier interview, said new recruits will be the department’s leaders in the future. Trainees this year, he said, “have the prospect of becoming senior officers and will be the future leaders in the department.”

Mr. Walton said the last recruitment drive was in October 2013, during which the police service received more than 200 applications.

For more information on the application process and to apply, see the RCIPS website at rcips.ky.