Police cadet programme to triple in size
The Bermuda Police Service’s Cadet Programme is set to triple in size in response to a surge of applicants.
The programme currently has five enrolled cadets, but Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley told the House of Assembly yesterday the service has received a large number of applications seeking to fill any vacant positions.
“So great is the interest shown by the number of applicants, the Commissioner of Police has been authorised to increase the number of cadets to 15,” Mr Dunkley said.
“This Government promised to provide educational and employment opportunities for Bermudians. The economy notwithstanding, we have demonstrated time and again that effective budgeting in support of clear policies will yield the scope to empower people to succeed in the community.”
All of the cadets are Bermudian and between the ages of 16 and 21. They are provided with course fees and uniforms and paid $42,000 per year. All cadets must also be willing to make a commitment to serve as a police constable for a minimum of three years after graduation.
He said no further applications are being accepted at this time, and the successful candidates will be notified in a few weeks.
“It is encouraging to see our young people taking advantage of the opportunities presented for steady but challenging employment,” he said.
“Combining public service with educational growth is excellent for the individuals and important for the renewal of Bermuda’s economy.”