Second RCIPS recruit class of 2019 in training

In the second 2019 class of RCIPS recruits, there are 12 women and 12 men, ranging in age from 19 to 41. - Photo: RCIPS

Twenty-four recruits who make up the second Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Recruit Class of 2019 are now six weeks into their initial recruit training.

The class consists of 12 women and 12 men, ranging in age from 19 to 41, and also includes seven former auxiliary constables who are making the transition to police constable. According to the RCIPS, nine members of the class are Caymanian.

The recruits were sworn in on 3 June in a ceremony led by members of the RCIPS Senior Command Team.

Earlier this year, 23 candidates formed the first Class of 2019 and graduated to operational duty in May.

The recruits were chosen following a local recruitment drive which concluded last August. After confirmation of minimum qualifications and passage of a written exam, interview, fitness test and vetting, candidates were offered places in the recruit class.

The current group of 24 was chosen from the same pool.

“Being able to graduate two classes of over twenty recruits in the same year is a great achievement, and will be an enormous boost to the service as we seek to bolster our ranks and add fresh ideas and more local perspective to the organization,” said Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne in a press release.

“In addition to graduating more recruits in a single year than we have done in years past, we will also be graduating more Caymanians and more women,” added Commissioner Byrne. “The increased gender diversity that this will bring to the organization is important as we strive to accurately reflect the population that we serve. We look forward to their long and fruitful careers as they serve their communities and the Cayman Islands.”

The recruits are now a little less than halfway through their 17‑week intensive training course, and those who pass will graduate to operational duty in September and then progress to on-the-job training during a two-year probationary period.