Immigration grads take up posts

The Cayman Islands Immigration
Department graduated 10 new officer recruits this month in a ceremony attended
by top officials and friends of the new recruits.

Chief Immigration Officer Linda
Evans encouraged the officers to surpass expectations, noting that the
programme was “only the start of a very demanding road”.

“Excellence, a positive attitude,
especially in the face of challenges; teamwork and open dialogue; and respect
for authority and the public are some qualities of a professional officer,” Ms
Evans told the recruits.

She encouraged the graduates to
continue to develop their knowledge base, especially by learning immigration
laws, regulations and policies. She also noted that the graduates are the first
Immigration officers taken on since 2007 and will replace officers who have
been promoted or have left the department. 

The event marked the conclusion of
three months’ training, which covered such topics as forgery detection,
interview techniques, behaviour analysis and intelligence. The officers will
supplement border control efforts at the air and sea ports, and within the
enforcement section of the department.

“Learn to manage your new level of
importance – especially as perceived by other people,” Deputy Governor Donovan
Ebanks said. “While you will hold special privileges and powers, your integrity
and reputation are more valuable than anything else.”

Deputy Chief Immigration Officer
Bruce Smith reminded the new officers to be firm, fair and courteous.

“The final – and most important –
examination will be the proving grounds, where you apply your knowledge,” Mr.
Smith said.

The class address was presented by
graduate Erika Bodden, who pledged her classmates’ “honour, duty and personal
character in upholding the laws and making a positive difference in the
country.” 

After her remarks, Miss Bodden was
given the class Spirit Award. Also, Brian Ebanks was named most outstanding in
theory and practical application; and James Whittaker was noted for his
academic achievement.

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