Five Caymanians have jumped onboard as new customs officers after a 12 week training program at Customs Headquarters.
Philip Anglin, Derry Arch, Melinda Dickson, Yuliet Rivero-Romulo and Kiera Simpson graduated last week, after training was extended from the customary four weeks to 12.
Training manager Langlie Powery said training had been extended to better prepare recruits for the complexities of their jobs.
“The goal was to provide the new recruits with a broad overview of the roles, responsibilities and challenges new customs officers face as custodians of securing our borders and revenue,” Mr. Powery said.
Ms. Rivero-Romulo said the training had been invaluable and said recruits were prepared for their roles.
Minister for Finance and Economic Development Marco Archer said as border agents, the new recruits are “the first line of defense.” He urged the new staff to take pride in a profession that protects the Cayman Islands from external forces, and told them to remain undeterred by criticisms they would encounter within their new roles.
Collector of Customs Samantha Bennett said it is important for recruits to set a good example and “be genuinely interested, inspired and motivated.” “A better informed officer will do a great job,” Ms. Bennett said.