New police recruits soon to be hired

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service plan to hire 12 to 15 applicants as entry-level officers in the coming weeks.

This follows a recruitment process which began on March 25. The drive was open to Caymanians and permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 40 who are physically fit. The RCIPS received 283 applications for the positions.

Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis said that one of the goals of this year’s recruitment was to see more women applying for the positions.

Currently, there are 86 female officers on the force out of 388 total officers. This means that only 22 percent of police officers in Cayman are women. Forty-seven of these 86 female officers are Caymanian.

Jacqueline Carpenter, RCIPS public relations officer, said an estimated 112 women applied out of 283 total applicants during the recruitment drive. The application form does not request a candidate’s gender, so this estimate was made based on the applicants’ names.

The RCIPS narrowed the initial applicant pool of 283 down through written tests. After medical examinations, the final candidates will be selected and will begin training on Aug. 3.