Cops host open day to find new ‘specials’

| 31/05/2012

police car2.jpg(CNS): The RCIPS is looking for what it described as extraordinary people to join the Special Constabulary. Although there are already more than 80 special constables serving in in the RCIPS, the organisation is looking for new volunteers for its important support service. ‘Specials’, as they are known, are expected to dedicate a minimum of 15 hours every month to the RCIPS.  They work alongside regular officers on foot and mobile patrol duties. Posts are open to people from all walks of life. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 50 years, be physically fit and have no criminal convictions.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about what the volunteering role entails should head along to a recruitment event at Camana Bay on Saturday, 9 June, between 10:30am and 2:30pm. The event will be held by the Observation Tower. Many of the men and women who already serve as part of the Special Constabulary will be there to answer questions and discuss the opportunities available, as well as the challenges you could face, as part of the RCIPS Special Constabulary.

“Being a special constable is extremely rewarding, but anyone who is considering joining us needs to know that the selection process is robust and will be extremely challenging – both academically and physically,” said Commandant Chris Duggan. “We use the same selection criteria for specials as we do for regular officers. That’s how important the role is.

“We are looking for committed and hardworking people who will throw themselves into the role and play their part in making a real and lasting difference to the Cayman Islands communities. So, if you think you have what it takes, we look forward to hearing from you, or meeting you, on 9 June.”

Application forms will be available at the event in Camana Bay on 9 June. They can also be found on the RCIPS website, at district police stations or by clicking here. The closing date for applications is 16 June.

Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be expected to pass a physical test, a written test and take part in an interview before their appointment. The next training class for special constables will begin as quickly as possible following the completion of the recruitment process.

Anyone who can’t make it along to the event on Saturday should contact the Commandant of the RCIPS Special Constabulary, Chris Duggan, for further information on

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  1. Anonymous says:

    With our Human Rights policies is it right to discriminate on age?  There are many willing, educated and physically abled Caymanians who are 50+ who now find them selves with time to volunteer (as the children are away in univeristy etc.), but they cannot apply to be special constables.  With the entitlement age for a pension being increased to 65 why not increase the SC age?  Mr Duggan should open his eyes, respect his elders and provide applicants with a meaningful response.

    PS – Perhaps someone who is a policeman can say what happens to all the 'regular' police force after they reach 50?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey what happened to all that money that was given to the RCIPS to fight crime?  Have we all forgottn about that???

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. Even if the age 50+ members are restricted to traffic duty or desk work it's still a help.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sorry guys but all they want is people to direct traffic at events. They will not use you and take advantage of you experience. Been there.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I dont think there should be an age limit if a person is half way intelligent, ambitious, trustworthy, dedicated and at least somewhat fit.  I would happily sign up and I know I am at least as able if not more able than some already serving however I am over 50.  Age should not be a part of the criteria as it eliminates mature and responsible beings who can make invaluable contributins to our Police service which I can say is much needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      100000% in agreement. Last time they asked for applications I applied. Cayman status, good physical condition, officer military training, clean record, very experienced in management and administration and have the time and attitude to help. But, over 50. I never even got the courtesy of a polite rejection letter.Give me a crew of 3 or 4 seniors who can think and write and we could clean up the administrative mess at the station. Let some recent grad rugby type go out and tackle the scum that prevail in our island. Think "out of the box" for a change!