This year, the RCIPS Human Resources Department hired 10 interns for the summer 2019 Internship Program that was organized by the Cayman Islands Government. This is the most structured internship program that the RCIPS has ever had. August 30th was the last day for the interns and it was sad for us to see them go.
Over the years we have had several issues with hiring interns in a temporary capacity to work with the Police Service. There has also been a misconception that the only positions available within the Service are Police Officers. This has often meant a lack of interest from candidates, as some may not be interested in frontline police work. However, we have been actively trying to diminish these misconceptions by attending career fairs and highlighting the civilian and police roles equally. Also, we work closely with the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) and from time to time take on students who require work experience.
One of the main challenges we have faced is in finding relevant and interesting work for the candidates while ensuring they are not exposed to sensitive information. We try to ensure that we find an area of policing that is suitable for a student based on their area of study, and where they may assist staff without having to deal with sensitive information, or face too many restrictions on what they can do, given the nature of the department’s duties. This year we managed to place students in the Finance Department, Criminal Investigations Department, Scene of Crime Unit, Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, Exhibits Department, Criminal Records, Training and Development Unit, Reception, Human Resources, and the Air Operations Unit.
We are extremely happy with the results of this year’s Summer Internship Program and the feedback we received from our interns, one of whom said it was a “great way to network, develop a sense of responsibility, develop soft skills regarding interaction with the public, and to also better your teamwork skills.”
Our aim going forward with the internship program is to introduce students to even more different aspects of policing so that they know that we are a multifaceted organization within our World Class Civil Service. This will then hopefully encourage them to make the RCIPS their first choice for employment when they conclude their studies.
For students who are interested in our internship program, you can apply through the RCIPS website at www.rcips.ky or send us your resumes and cover letter to RCIPSRecruitment@rcips.ky.
Our summer internship runs from May to August and the deadline to apply is the end of February. The deadline to apply for the Christmas internship, which runs from November to December, is the end of September.
By Deserey Burton, Human Resources Officer