Grand Cayman (CNS) -- Inspector Leo Anglin, one of the first local officers to be fast-tracked through the ranks of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
The Training Department as it was then known was established in 1980 to deliver basic police training. Prior to this, entry-level police officers were sent to Jamaica and later Barbados to receive basic training for entry into the Service as police constables.
Today, the name of the department has changed to reflect an emphasis not only on core police training but continuous professional personnel development. This is consistent with the Service’s corporate strategy to delivery 21 st Century, first-class policing and personnel that are well-rounded future leaders, whether they lead a small unit or large department or mid-level or senior leadership positions.
Not all training is delivered by the existing faculty but also by accredited practitioners from the United Kingdom, United States of America and other respected jurisdictions as well as local guest lecturers, who are expertise or specialist in their fields..
There are also opportunities for joined-up training with other local and regional law enforcement partners to foster, among other things, a shared-learning ethos and building of solid partnerships and long-term relations, particularly as crime transcends borders and communities.
Additionally, personnel can access learning opportunities at other well-respected learning institutions, including the Cayman Islands Civil Service College and other professional training delivered locally.
Technology is also used to deliver on-line learning that is flexible and extends the reach of training to any computer in the workplace; the new knowledge gained through this training is assessed by recognizable competence-based methods for e-learning.
While retention of staff continues to be a challenge for the organisation, especially in a competitive environment where outside salaries and benefits outmatch the typical police officer’s emoluments, the fact that many of our officers have gone on to other successful careers in the public and private sectors testifies to the quality of the training and development provided to our personnel, which has prepared them to be competitive in the job market and in leadership positions.
The T&DU is constantly under review to ensure that it is delivering value for money, effective and consistent with the corporate strategy, governance and ethical practices.
The Unit is currently housed in a modern facility at 6-101 Governor’s Square in West Bay.
Yesterday, 14 November, over 60 people gathered at the Joint Marine Base in Newlands to celebrate the life and service of SPC Mark Luke, a former member of the Unit and beloved colleague who passed away after a long battle with cancer last August.