New recruits start police training

| 24/04/2009

(CNS): In the face of considerable manpower shortages, instability and low moral in the service, the RCIPS has confirmed that 19 new recruits have started out on the 14-week training programme to become qualified police officers. During the recent police district meetings and on the campaign trail the issue of police numbers and their nationality has been a key concern and police said two thirds of this new group of recruits are Caymanian.(Left-APC Smith & Ispt AnthonyWhite head of training at the new centre where the recruits start their journey)

The first recruitment class for 2009, the new candidates began their training this week and will finish at the end of July. The prospective officers will complete training in all areas of policing including diversity, conflict management, physical training, domestic violence, law, managing scenes of crimes and incidents, discipline and statement writing.

Opening the course, Acting Commissioner of Police James Smith said the nineteen men and women had been selected from a field of 150 candidates. “Your training will cover a range of subjects. You will now be looked at differently by members of the public and you will be held to a higher standard. It is important for you to know this and to assist the public with knowledge you have learned in your training.”

The Commissioner encouraged the recruits to study hard and apply all they have to their training. He reminded them it is a proud career to work in and not everyone might stay the course, but for those that did, it would be extremely rewarding. He also explained a little about his own policing career and how it had benefitted him and those he has served.

Inspector Anthony White, Head of the Training Department added that the new training facility at Governors Square will be of huge benefit to the recruit class. “The new training facility is fully operational and a great asset to the service,” he said. “We are now instructing the first recruit class of 2009 and because of the new facility, we are in a position to be more flexible and innovative in our instruction methods.”

Anyone considering a policing career with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) should visit the website at www.rcips.ky

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