Sixty one Customs and Border Control (CBC) officers were trained to better track, tackle and deal with specific kinds of financial crimes that they could encounter at entry and exit points of the Cayman Islands. These include the possible transportation of cash or Bearer Negotiable Instruments (BNIs).
The training sessions were conducted as five, intensive one-day workshops by the CBC training unit at CBC Headquarters located at the Airport Road Office complex.
The trainers were from several government agencies that deal with such matters: CBC’s Deputy Director (Training), Mr. Marlon Bodden and Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Compliance Officer, Mr. Martin Bodden Jr; Head of the Anti-Money Laundering Unit, Mr. Francis Arana; Senior Policy Analyst in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Mr. Duwayne Lawrence and Financial Reporting Authority’s Cayman Islands Sanctions Coordinator, Ms Kim France.
Compliance Officer Bodden explained that the officers received training to get enhanced awareness and sensitisation in handling border control related procedures for currency transportation, anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing.
They were also trained to better deal with persons arriving from jurisdictions that currently face international sanctions (such as Iran or North Korea), he elaborated.
CBC Director, Mr. Charles Clifford noted that the training was in response to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) mutual evaluation report that resulted in the Cayman Islands being placed on a 12-month period of observation. Director Clifford also stated that this awareness training had been previously delivered to new employees as part of the Department’s training strategy.
“We are focused on providing training and pertinent knowledge and development for our officers, who are border control agents at entry and exit points of the Cayman Islands such as at airports and seaports, so that they are well equipped to deal with standing procedures and key processes,” Mr. Clifford commented.
“And we will continue to ensure our officers constantly improve their skills to remain vigilant as they undertake to uphold all the procedures in place for protecting our borders, and the people of the Cayman Islands, against increasingly sophisticated crimes,” he added.
The Cayman Islands Government invites anyone who has ever considered a career in public safety to the largest ever Public Safety Recruitment Fair and Expo on Thursday, 16 May 2019.
With eight participating departments, this year’s event will take place at the University College of the Cayman Islands’ (UCCI) Sir Vassel Johnson Hall from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for students and 4 – 7 p.m. for adults.
The joint drive will be hosted by the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, the Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control (CBC), the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS), the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC), the Health Services Authority (HSA), Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS), the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) and Workforce Opportunities Residency Cayman (WORC).
Interested persons will be able to speak one-on-one with representatives and learn more about the variety of public safety career opportunities each agency has to offer. Individuals will also be able to register with WORC’s new online employment platform.
During the event staff members will deliver brief presentations and perform live demonstrations that showcase their specialist skills.
Workshops that focus on self-presentation will also be available to jobseekers. These will look at resume writing and interview skills, as well as at social media in the workplace and how a person’s online presence can impact their employment opportunities.
“Although each of the departments participating in this year’s event has their own specialisations, they all have a common thread which is to protect and serve,” the Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, said. “This is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the variety career opportunities in public safety available in the Cayman Islands, and I strongly encourage interested persons to accept the challenge and be an everyday hero for your community.”
The Public Safety Recruitment Fair and Expo is free and open to all members of the public. The first 1,000 attendees will receive an event tote bag.
For updates, interested persons can go to the Cayman Islands Government Facebook event page.
The legislative changes central to the establishment of Workforce Opportunities Residency Cayman (WORC) and Customs and Border Control (CBC), will become effective next month.
The Immigration (Transition) Law, 2018 and the Customs and Border Control Law 2018, which passed in the Legislative Assembly in November 2018, will be brought into force on 1 February 2019 by Order of Cabinet.
The legislation provides the statutory framework for regulating migration management and border control during the next transition phase.
These new laws complete the transfer of functions, authorities and responsibilities from the Department of Immigration to WORC and CBC, which both become into being on the same date.
New regulations supporting the two primary pieces of legislation will also come into effect on 1 February 2019 to further facilitate the transition.
The and the provide detail to a range of matters contained in both laws.
“Although existing immigration and customs-related regulations are saved under those laws, new regulations are required to reflect the separation of immigration management and border control and to give effect to new requirements,” Chief Officer, Wesley Howell, said.
The new immigration-related regulations contain provisions for Temporary Work Permits (TWP) and Business Visitor Permits (BVP) to be submitted to and processed by WORC during this transition phase. The application process and forms will remain largely the same, until the online systems come online later in 2019.
The Customs and Border Control (Visas, Entry and Landing) Regulations supplement the Customs and Border Control Law, 2018 in matters relating to entry and landing, asylum, visas, deportation and other border control matters. The regulations also provide the ability to apply to the Director of CBC for Visitor Work Visas (VWV).
The requirements and entitlements of the CBC facility will remain as they were under immigration legislation, but authority for granting and managing VWV applications is transferred from the Chief Immigration Officer to the Director of the CBC and his officers.
The published Commencement Orders and regulations, Mr Howell says, is the start of the delivery on Government’s commitment to fulfill its policy objective to efficiently enhance and streamline the current Immigration processes, and provide intelligence-driven border control.
CBC Director (Designate), Charles Clifford, said: “Our obligation as a new border control agency is to strengthen the security and stability at the front lines of all Islands, and to ensure we continue our legacy as a safe and prosperous country for all.”
WORC Interim Director, Sharon Roulstone, added: “WORC is committed to delivering excellence and aspiring to be a World Class service provider. It will be a year of growth and new opportunities for all customers we serve, and we are excited to get started.”
Leaders with the CBC, WORC, as well as the Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration, will extend its public information and education campaign to ensure all stakeholders impacted by the changes are fully aware of the laws and new regulations.
The Passport & Corporate Office will remain a part of the Ministry as a stand-alone department.
During the initial stages of the transition, services for the CBC and WORC will continue to be offered from the current locations.
Interested persons can review the Commencement Orders and Regulations in full at .
On Wednesday, 8 May 2019 Customs and Border Control (CBC) officers arrested two men as part of an ongoing drug investigation that arose when over four pounds of cocaine was interdicted at the Owen Roberts International Airport in November last year. The men were arrested for suspicion of conspiracy to importing cocaine.
Officers arrested a 36-year-old man and a 40-year-old man, both Jamaican nationals residing in the Islands.
Following the two arrests CBC and RCIPS officers carried out searches at two separate residences in George Town.
During the search of one residence, CBC officers discovered a loaded firearm that was hidden in a kitchen appliance. The man was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm. During the operation officers also seized a vehicle believed to belong to one of the two men.
Commenting on the development Director of Customs and Border Control, Charles Clifford said: “Our officers are ever- vigilant in protecting our country from the importation of illicit drugs and weapons at our controls, but also ever-focused on the domestic distribution network that moves illicit drugs and weapons from their point of import to retail. With our enhanced intelligence and risk management strategic approach we will investigate and prosecute any criminal individuals involved in smuggling attempts.”
Assistant Director of the CBC Narcotics Enforcement Team Tina Campbell said, “We can never overstate the importance of relationships amongst local law enforcement agencies. Our partnerships with the RCIPS and other agencies in interdiction efforts, continue to push us all to new heights as we work to achieve our mutual mission of ridding our communities of dangerous drugs and criminals”.
This investigation remains ongoing and is being led by the Customs Narcotics Enforcement Team.
A Customs Basic Training Course for 12 new Customs officers commenced on Monday 4th June 2018 following a recent recruitment drive.
The new officers will undergo 18 weeks of training which will cover an array of subjects including, but not limited to: the relevant laws and conventions, investigative techniques, arrest and exhibit handling procedures, revenue and ethics in law enforcement.
In preparation for the planned 2019 merger of the Customs and Immigration departments into a single Border Protection Agency, both departments have embarked on a strategy to cross train Customs and Immigration officers. Consequently, 4 new Immigration officers have joined their Customs colleagues on this course.
During his address to the Class of 2018 at the official opening on Monday 4th June, Collector of Customs Charles Clifford focused his comments on the subject of ethics in law enforcement and advised the new officers that they would learn more about this during their 18 weeks in training.
Collector Clifford said, “I am particularly pleased that we were able to attract well over 300 applicants during this last recruitment drive and that the 12 new Customs officers which emerged from that competitive process, collectively bring with them a good combination of skills, qualifications and experience that will benefit the department, and ultimately the public. The group includes 4 former police officers with substantial law enforcement experience and this will no doubt enhance the learning opportunities for the class and benefit the organisation as a whole.”
Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith said “While joint training initiatives involving Customs and Immigration officers are not new, certainly Immigration officers scheduled as participants in a Customs Basic Training Course marks a momentous occasion and indeed signals the beginning of a planned strategy to introduce a single entity at the borders in the Cayman Islands. Similarly, there will be cross training and sensitisation opportunities in Entry and Landing and other border control techniques and applications.”
The Class of 2018 is expected to graduate this August and will then be deployed to active duty in the various sections of the Customs and Immigration departments.