Brac customs officers receive refresher training

Customs laws, procedures and techniques were the topics at a recent workshop held on the Brac. Eleven Cayman Brac customs officers received refresher training in various customs and related laws, general procedures and techniques at the workshop on April 11-15 at the Cayman Brac Heritage House and at the District Administration Building.

The training was conducted by Deputy Collector of Customs Marlon Bodden and Assistant Collector of Customs Philip West of Grand Cayman Customs, Border Protection Portfolio. When they completed the workshop, the participants received certificates from Collector of Customs Charles Clifford.

“I am delighted with the quality of refresher training provided,” said Mr. Clifford.

“While the officers were well experienced even before the training, refresher training and effective upskilling are vitally necessary from time to time. To effectively negotiate the complex world we live in, we need awareness and focused strategies.”

Mr. Bodden said modernized training is critical not only to refresh officers’ knowledge, but also in maintaining consistent performance by retaining the potential of the organization and outcomes as a whole.

While in Cayman Brac, Mr. Clifford met with Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration Moses Kirkconnell and District Commissioner Ernie Scott to discuss reporting and budget arrangements for Cayman Brac Customs.

“I am grateful to the Honorable Deputy Premier and the District Commissioner for the courtesies extended to me during my brief visit to Cayman Brac, and I look forward to working with them as we seek to ensure consistency in our customs operations across all three of our islands,” said Mr. Clifford.

Mr. Clifford also had strategy meetings with Cayman Brac Port Manager Dale Christian and the officer in charge of the Cayman Brac Police, Inspector Wendy Parchment.

Anyone with information relating to crime can contact the customs tip-line on 1-800-534-8477 or Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 (TIPS).