On 28 August, 6 residents of the Cayman Islands were sworn in as Special Constables with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service after 11 weeks of training in various aspects of policing, including the various laws that govern the Cayman Islands.
Special Constables are members of the public who receive formal police training in order to serve as volunteer officers during their own time, usually after work or on weekends. They are selected after going through a rigorous application process. All six applicants persevered through their applications and training in order to be able to assist the police with specific duties including special events management, crowd control and general patrolling.
Mr. Chris Duggan, the Commandant for the RCIPS Special Constable said, “I am delighted to welcome these six new officers to the ranks of the Special Constabulary and look forward to their making a significant contribution to the Cayman Islands Community. RCIPS Special Constables carry out a critical role in our community, working alongside RCIPS officers on regular police patrols in addition to policing all the special events throughout the year. Our new graduates are dedicated police officers, committed to making a positive difference in our community, and I am very happy to welcome them to the RCIPS team.”
Special Constables work alongside our full-time officers and their service, and the time that they afford us, are invaluable to the operations of the RCIPS. These Specials will be dedicating a minimum of 24 hours per month to the Royal Cayman Islands Police service.
They had this to say:
“Today marks the beginning of a fantastic new phase in our lives. One where we are all re-affirming our commitment to a lifetime of learning, and of providing the highest caliber of service to our community within the strictest ethical and moral framework. We are joining our brothers and sisters of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in providing this, most essential of public services.”
“For all of us, this marks the culmination of a lengthy process, one that represents a great personal victory and a dream come true. The camaraderie and cooperation that has existed between us is truly unique. This bond we will share for the rest of our lives and I am personally a better person because of it.”
The Commissioner of Police, Derek Byrne said “We are always happy to find people in the community who are willing to dedicate their time and effort to assisting the police and thereby serving their community. We welcome these 3 men and 3 women among our ranks and look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead. I know that they will find, as many others have, that volunteering with us is a worthwhile and fulfilling experience.” I wish the new personnel well and thank them for stepping up to serve in the community.