Royal Navy team will train Cayman police

An international maritime training team from the Royal Navy will be in Cayman next month to conduct a series of training courses to enhance navigation and small craft operating skills, according to a press release from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

For four weeks, 10 RCIPS officers and up to 40 officers from other Overseas Territories will develop and improve their knowledge and application of navigation and advanced small craft handling, learning an array of tactics, techniques and procedures that will enhance their operational effectiveness in maritime security patrols, the press release states.

The project has been coordinated between the RCIPS and U.K.’s Defence Section in Kingston, Jamaica. It is jointly funded by the U.K.’s Conflict, Security & Stability Fund and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Overseas Territory Policing Fund.

The Royal Navy’s international maritime team provides security training and education to international maritime forces to contribute to the global maritime security.

The team’s staff will also provide education and support to improve engineering and maintenance procedures that will boost availability of marine resources to conduct operational patrols of the islands.

Governor Helen Kilpatrick said “I welcome this training program which, in addition to the year-round presence of a Royal Navy vessel in the Caribbean, is evidence of the U.K.’s commitment to the security of the Cayman Islands.”