The Commissioner of Police and colleagues from the RCIPS extend warmest congratulations to Auxiliary Constable Darren McLean, who has recently received his First Officer Bars as part of his training and development as a helicopter pilot with National Helicopters in Trinidad. This is a significant milestone for Darren who is now qualified to commence flying as a co-pilot servicing contracts to the very demanding oil and gas industry.
Darren returned to the Cayman Islands for the Christmas break and met up with his colleagues at the Air Operations Unit. He reported that he is excited about the challenges ahead and looks forward to completing his training and qualifications before returning to the Cayman Islands where he will transition to Flight Captain with the RCIPS Air Operations Unit. Darren is expected to return to the RCIPS before the end of 2022.
“Darren has always shown such ambition and potential,” says Superintendent Brad Ebanks in charge of Special Operations, “I had no doubt that he would make us proud here in the RCIPS and the Cayman Islands as a whole, given his aptitude and passion for flying. Darren has a great support team within the Air Operations Unit, and they follow his progress as well as ensuring that he does well while away from home. I look forward to hearing more of his successes as he continues flight training in Trinidad with the NHSL.”
“I am very proud of the work that Darren has done so far in Trinidad with National Helicopters, and commend him for achieving his first officer status, which is a significant milestone in his professional development and training. He is a very fine ambassador for the RCIPS and the Cayman Islands,” says Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne. “The CEO at National Helicopters is hugely complimentary of Darren’s commitment to the training environment and has commended him for receiving his First Officer Bars in such a short period of time. National Helicopters has reported that they are very pleased with Darren’s progress and that he is showing all the signs of becoming a fine pilot.
The RCIPS sends it congratulations to Darren on his accomplishments and we wish him safe flying until his return home.
The photo shows Captain Nicholas Nothnagel, of the National Helicopters in Trinidad, presenting Darren with his First Officer bars.