Deanira Brown, Adam Clyne and Steven Scott, new immigration officers on Cayman Brac, were celebrated by family, friends and government officials at a ceremony at Immigration Department headquarters in George Town this month.
The three new officers completed an intense practical and theoretical training program geared specifically to Cayman Brac officers. They graduated on Dec. 9, a press release states.
The group’s training covered all border control procedures, interviewing techniques for the entry and exit process, the asylum application policy and procedure, and other immigration law protocols, the press release states.
The three were also required to learn the immigration law and supporting processes for all front-counter procedures, the release states.
“As an immigration officer at the border, you are the first person our visitors encounter,” Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said during the ceremony.
“How you interact will be their first impression of the Cayman Islands. Not only are you part of the border control of the island, you are an ambassador for our Immigration Department. I welcome you to the civil service family and I know you will continue to make us proud.”
Acting Chief Immigration Officer Garfield Wong also congratulated the group and welcomed them to the department’s “family.”
“This is the first time I can recall a training programme geared specifically towards Cayman Brac officers,” he said.
“I would like to thank all of those who helped train these officers. I am confident in their professionalism in the line of duty, and I know they will serve this country well.”
Chief Officer for the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport Stran Bodden also spoke at the ceremony, encouraging the graduates to take advantage of the opportunities offered by their new roles.
“It gives me such a sense of pride to see you complete your training and go back to Cayman Brac to be responsible for border control for the Island,” he said.
“Immigration is a very dynamic field which holds a lot of opportunity; seize it. There’s also a lot of responsibility; own it.”
Mr. Clyne, speaking on behalf of the new officers, thanked all of the training facilitators who contributed to their success.
“The training has been an amazing journey and experience,” he said.
Department of Immigration Training and Development Manager Jenifer Gager-Sterling encouraged the officers to be guided by the vision, mission and core values of the department in the performance of duty.
“You have made a commitment to serve your country. Serve it with honesty, integrity, respect and dignity,” she said.
“Do not be tempted to use the power of your uniform or badge in a compromising way. The operative word is service, so find the balance between enforcing the law and serving the Cayman Islands in a courteous way.”