RCIPS swells pool of underwater cops

| 30/06/2010

(CNS): With the addition of eight officers to the number of law enforcement officials that can now work underwater the RCIPS now has a dozen divers available for duty. The officers were trained by Customs Officer Darren Kirchman, who is a member of the Joint Marine Unit (JMU), The officers who successfully completed the PADI open and advanced water courses will now form a ‘pool’ of divers who can be called upon to assist the full time members of the JMU as, and when, operational demands dictate the police said.

The JMU has five full time divers. One of the JMU divers took part in the recent training courses alongside seven colleagues from various departments in the force, namely CID, Neighbourhood policing, DTF and two officers from the ranks of the Special Constabulary.
Two local diving companies, Sunset Divers and Ocean Frontiers assisted with equipment and pool facilities for the courses.
C.O. Kirchman is a PADI certified instructor and a PADI Emergency First Response (EFR)instructor. He is about to undertake a public safety dive instructor course and will represent the JMU on an underwater crime scene instructors course in the USA later this year.
 “The preservation of life is a top priority for the RCIPS and the Joint Marine Unit,” said Superintendent Kurt Walton of the RCIPS “That’s why, when weidentified a need to have more divers available within the force, we moved quickly to train additional staff.
“We are extremely lucky to have C.O. Kirchman working in the Unit. He is well qualified and is an excellent instructor. The courses he ran, with the help of Sunset Divers and Ocean Frontiers, have allowed us to quickly establish a team of experienced and qualified divers to provide greater resilience within the RCIPS.”
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  1. aimia says:

    when u see things like this happened in our country we must say thanks to every that make it possiable most of all thanks to superintendent kurt walton on another good job keep making cayman people proud .

  2. aimia says:

    It very good to see a young man from the cayman islands is doing so well for his country we sure need more of this happened in cayman .good job