Immigration recruits’ training under way

Seven new recruits at the
Immigration Department began training last week and will graduate to work at
air and sea ports in February.

Speaking to the recruits as they
started training, Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans said she encouraged
“teamwork, courtesy, respect and positive attitudes” in their working
environment.

“Build your confidence at the
booths and on the job; ask questions and learn the laws, regulations and
policies and procedures of the department,” Ms Evans said. “If you get it right
at the entry ports, it will mean fewer issues our enforcement unit will have to
face.”

During training, the recruits will
take part in classroom work, receive practical instruction and cross-train with
other uniformed agencies.

Their first session included a
welcome lecture by former Immigration Chief Franz Manderson who is now chief
officer in the Deputy Governor’s Office.

“This is both a professional and
high-achieving organisation,” he said, “but everyone starts out where you are
today: challenging self to achieve great results.”

Emphasising the need for
punctuality, diligence and a willingness to go the extra mile, Mr. Manderson
reminded recruits, “You have the ability to make, or ruin a person’s day or
stay.”

He told them that Cayman’s
immigration laws was significantly updated in 2003 to address issues that
ranged from human smuggling to political asylum and refugee conventions. 

He added that departmental
effectiveness and visa regimes have made local law enforcement easier in recent
years – citing as examples major declines in drug mules, couriers and the
decline in serious crime committed by non-Caymanians.

Also attending the opening training
session were the three Deputy CIOs: Bruce Smith (Border Control), Samantha
Bennett (Administration) and Gary Wong (Enforcement), as well as HR Manager Martha
Bush and other senior representatives. 

The seven new recruits are Jesanna
Mencia, Sheria Goff, Alice Edwards, Harry Forbes, Floyd Shaw, Abel Medina and
Javin Powery.