The 23 Police Constable trainees of the current RCIPS Recruit Class, who were officially sworn-in on 22 November, are joining the wider police service this holiday season, in order to increase police visibility, boost resources for operation Winter Guardian and provide invaluable experience to the members of the class.
The majority of the recruits, 16 of whom are young Caymanians, will be working alongside experienced traffic officers in the Traffic & Roads Policing Unit (TRPU), and will gain first-hand knowledge in the use of equipment such as the speed radar machine, tint machine and the breathalyzer machine. They will also be observing officers while they execute tasks such as issuing tickets, investigating collisions and making arrests for various traffic offenses.
"The officers with whom the recruits will be working during this time are some of our very best and most experienced officers in the unit," says Inspector Dwayne Jones of the TRPU. "When they return to the Training & Development Unit they will be able to compare their continued lessons in policing theory with what they experienced first-hand while out with our team.”
During their patrols the recruits will have the opportunity to practice their skills of observation, especially during the night time, looking out for suspicious activity and behavior, recording the things that they observe, and learning the general ins-and-outs of policing in the Cayman Islands.
Some of the recruits will be stationed with other RCIPS Units, including the Community Policing Unit, the Custody Unit, and at the Central Police Station. In addition, six members of the class, who are currently serving as Auxiliary Constables, will be returning to their previous duties across the service during this period.
"We are happy to be able to provide this type of one-on-one hands-on training for our recruits," says Superintendent Adrian Seales with the Training & Development Unit. "They are now able to experience field work and make contacts before they go off, and this will benefit them in their studies when they return.
We are also happy that members of the community will have the opportunity to meet the new recruits as they work in the field this holiday season, prior to their official start as trained police officers in the new year.”
The RCIPS wishes these new recruits well during their time with the wider service. We know that they will do an excellent job of keeping the Cayman Islands safe during the holidays.
For more information on the 2021 RCIPS Recruit Class, please see this press release.