Border control officers attend a Document Identification Workshop at UCCI.

Police, customs and immigration officers from Cayman learned how to detect fraudulent documents at a workshop at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

The workshop on March 7 was part of training the law enforcement officers are undergoing to help enhance border security.

Desmond Davis and Monique Lyn Quee from the Registrar General’s Department in Jamaica were presenters at the workshop.

“The key objective of the workshop was to strengthen aspects of border security through training, coupled with enhancing agency capabilities in recognizing fraudulent or manipulated documents. It also aimed to prevent criminals from using those documents to commit crimes,” Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith said in a press release.

During the workshop, officers were shown examples of illicit documents and presented with case studies and scenarios. The course identified major document types, discussed security features of the most used documents and highlighted areas to inspect when examining a document, the release stated.

“Fraudulent documents are used to facilitate terrorism, smuggling, drug trafficking, immigration violations, and many other crimes,” Mr. Smith added. “Cross-border trainings like this strengthen relationships between frontline officers, and helps promote the kind of harmonised border management practices that are needed to combat these crimes and keep our borders safe.”

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