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RCIPS Seeking At Least Ten Local New Recruits

RCIPS Seeking At Least Ten Local New Recruits
Governor Helen Kilpatrick inspects RCIPS officers on parade.

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (CNS) -- The police are on the hunt for at least ten likely candidates who have what it takes to join the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The RCIPS launched a new recruitment drive today, 5 August, which will last until Monday 5 September, and they are looking for at least ten new local faces to begin the January 2017 training class. Applicants should hold Caymanian citizenship, be between 18 and 40 years old, physically fit with a high school diploma and 3 CXCs or equivalent, including maths and English.

Permanent residents with the right to work without restrictions are also invited to apply. Applicants also must hold a valid CI driver’s licence, be computer literate and complete all aspects of the application available at www.rcips.ky truthfully.

“In order for the public to feel invested in the police service and help us succeed, it is critical that the RCIPS reflects the community it serves,” said Acting Commissioner Anthony Ennis. “Right now Caymanians make up almost 57% of the population but only 45% of the service. We have been trying to increase this number through successive recruitment drives, and will continue to do so, because this is important for the future of the organisation.

“This recruitment drive presents a unique opportunity to serve our country and ensure that the islands remain a safe place to live, work, raise a family and visit,” Ennis stated. “Crime impacts everyone, so we all must be involved in ensuring it does not become the norm, and work together to preserve the quality of life we enjoy for future generations. Becoming a police constable is meaningful way for the young people of Cayman to do this.”

For those who want to find out more about the application process and also policing as a career, the RCIPS TDU will be holding two open days for potential applicants to come learn more about the different departments and career paths within the service from officers themselves.

Inspector Kevin Ashworth, Head of the Training and Development Unit (TDU), explained what was in store for the successful recruits.

“Applicants must recognize that this is a comprehensive process, with written tests, a physical exam and an interview, followed by 17 weeks of initial training,” he said. “Being a police constable is a unique and rewarding career, requiring a special kind of individual who has the patience and skill to appreciate what is necessary and appropriate to serve and protect the public.”

Meanwhile, the deputy governor commended the acting Commissioner for his commitment to increasing the number of Caymanians in the RCIPS. “This is the 3rd local recruitment exercise conducted in three years and past exercises have yielded excellent results,” said Franz Manderson. “I encourage Caymanians to take this opportunity to be part of the solution and to serve your community in a unique and special way. Having spent some 27 years in a law enforcement department, I can say without reservation that enforcing our laws and protecting our people is a most rewarding career.”

The open days will take place on Saturday, 13 August, from 10am-2pm at the offices of the RCIPS Training and Development Unit in Governors Square, and on Thursday, 18 August, from 10am-2pm at the Aston Rutty Centre on Cayman Brac.