The latest batch of Cayman’s finest have laced up their boots and hit the streets.
The police recruits, 11 men and 11 women, have now been assigned duties.
According a police statement, the new constables have embarked on a tutored phase of on-the-job training with an experienced officer. During this phase, they will be assessed for their suitability for independent patrolling.
“Continuous assessments throughout their two-year probationary period will follow, until they are eventually confirmed in rank by the Commissioner,” the statement added.
The recruits, who graduated on 26 Sept. and range in age from 19 to 41, were the second class of 2019.
They completed 15 weeks of training under the Initial Recruit Foundation Course. The class also includes a former RCIPS civilian staff member and seven former auxiliary constables who have made the transition to police constable.
Graduate Hershell Thompson, in his address at the graduation, reflected on the rigours of the training they went through.
“There’s no doubt that we challenged ourselves physically and mentally. We constantly strove to overcome our weaknesses and replace them with newfound strength and confidence,” Police Constable Thompson said.
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne reminded the new constables that “policing is a rewarding and noble profession”.
He encouraged the new officers to always put integrity first when it comes to their work.
“Police work is a business of partnership, and partnerships rely on trust,” Byrne said. “To be a good officer, you must be trusted and rely on your integrity. Your communications with the community must be open and honest. Integrity is about consistency, you must do the right thing at all times, even when no one is watching.”
Governor Martyn Roper commended the new officers as he welcomed the diverse group into what he said can be a “very challenging” career.
“I was very pleased to see that among those passing out was again a good contingent of Caymanians, and also 11 female officers, indicating that we are achieving an improving level of gender balance in the recruitment process,” he added.
Three of the recruits were given four special awards at the ceremony: PC 253 Delmar Alexander received two awards: Team Spirit and Best in Drill. PC 443 Sherice Williams received the Most Improved award. PC 384 Winsome Anderson received the Best Academic Student award.
The RCIPS is accepting applications year-round for local police constables on its website at www.rcips.ky.