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A DAY IN THE LIfE: POLICE CONSTABLE

Police constable
Name: Leo Anglin Job: Police constable Employer: Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

What attracted you to your chosen career?
I first became interested in working for the police service when a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, invited me for a ride and gave me the chance to experience policing first-hand. I was uncertain which field I wanted to pursue, but finding out about specific departments such as K-9 (canine) and marine units heightened my interest. Television shows such as Cops also played a part.

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What is the typical starting pay of a job like yours, and what earning potential does it have?
The standard starting salary for a police constable is $31,272 per year. Police constables also receive $650 per month in housing allowance, $150 per month operational duty allowance (which is a stipend granted to new recruits after graduating and commencing duty), a 12 percent contributory pension and non-contributory health insurance. As you move up the ranks, your salary increases as well as your experience and knowledge, but in a career such as policing, financial gain is only a small concern – it’s a hugely rewarding job in many other ways and you will gain invaluable respect from members of the community.

How did you start on this career path?
After returning to Grand Cayman from Miami in late 2008, I saw an opportunity to join the RCIPS marine unit, which had just added a few new vessels to its fleet. I had seen the unit at various major water events as a child and had developed a keen interest in the work. When I heard about the opening, I applied for the position and was hired. I graduated from RCIPS training school in December 2009 and in June 2010, I was the first officer to take part in the Higher Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) – an initiative introduced to fast-track Caymanian officers who show outstanding commitment and potential.

What is a typical working day like for you?
A typical day differs depending on the department you are in. Working hours also vary – at the moment, I work shifts consisting of two days and two evenings and then two days off. Currently, I’m working with the criminal investigation department, where my working day consists of, but isn’t limited to, investigating ongoing matters and cases, taking statements and collecting evidence.

What professional and/or academic qualifications or experience do you need to start a career in this area?
If you want to become a police officer, you should start with education. You’ll need a basic high school education to work for RCIPS and any previous law enforcement training is also beneficial.

What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing is being able to give back to the local community. And through my post as an officer of the law, I have become a role model.

What further qualifications might you need for future career progression?
If you’re interested in advancing in this career path, additional training such as a law degree or qualification is recommended, as

For more information on joining the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service visit www.rcips.ky

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