University of Newcastle student interns with RCIPS for Easter

RCIPS Inspector Kevin Ashworth with intern Emma Lang.

A Caymanian student studying overseas spent her Easter break shadowing police officers as she interned at the Cayman Islands Police Service.

Emma Lang, 21, who is pursuing a master’s in clinical and forensic psychology at the University of Newcastle in the U.K., is interested in an investigative career with law enforcement following her graduation in August.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said Inspector Kevin Ashworth, head of the RCIPS Training and Development Unit. “We’ve had interns, of course, but not someone off-island who wanted to spend their spring break getting acquainted with different aspects of the work we do. I was all for it.”

Throughout Ms. Lang’s time with the RCIPS, the Training and Development Unit had her visit several departments, including Family Support, Criminal Investigations Unit, Press Office, Professional Standards, Air Operations and Training and Development.

Ms. Lang also observed portions of the Sergeant’s Development Course and Confirmation in Rank.

“One thing that I was surprised by was the enthusiasm the people I interacted with had for their work, despite the way the police service is perceived,” said Ms. Lang in a statement issued by the RCIPS on Friday. “I was also surprised by the number of patrols, especially covert patrols, that are done. I had no idea.”

She was also impressed by the number of women working in the RCIPS. “There were far more than I expected,” she said.

Recalling some high points about her internship, she said, “There was the proactive patrol with a detective when I expected nothing to happen, but we found a potentially stolen dirt bike. That was interesting.

“Then, of course, there was a fascinating morning in the press office.”

Although Ms. Lang intends to pursue her career primarily in the U.K., she hopes to one day make Cayman her home again, she said in the release.

“You see the islands differently once you’ve been away for a while,” she said, “and while I enjoy life in the big city now, I know I will want to come back here one day.”

She added that the RCIPS “is one place where I could do my part to improve life here while getting to also do some really interesting work.”