Customs, K-9 unit visit with governor

Governor Martyn Roper poses with new Customs and Border Control officers. - Photos: Submitted

Eleven new Customs and Border Control officers were greeted by Governor Martyn Roper on the first day of a 21-week training course.

The recruits will receive training in relevant laws, interview techniques, evidence handling and collection, writing statements, and import and export protocol, among other subjects.

“I was impressed with the commitment of the new recruits. The in-depth and intensive training they will receive will help them to work on the front line of our national security,” Roper said in a government press release.

The training is part of the reformation of Cayman’s customs and immigration departments, as the two merge to form a unified agency with greater focus on preventing drugs and firearms trafficking and financial crime.

“New procedures and techniques are being introduced to enable CBC to operate on an intelligence-led basis with the assistance of new technology and cooperation from the airlines,” a CBC press release stated.

“It is hoped that the new procedures will lead to faster processing of passengers at Owen Roberts International Airport and clarify the procedures for arriving passengers, including the discontinuation of customs declaration forms for passengers with no goods to declare.”

Governor Martyn Roper visits with members of the K-9 Unit.

The governor was also present for a K-9 unit training exercise involving the search of a Customs warehouse for contraband. New dogs from the United Kingdom have recently joined the unit, with the goal of enhancing detection of illicit drugs, firearms and currency.

“The strengthening of CBC, including the impressive K-9 Unit, will help to deliver a new approach to border security at a time when the threats facing us are changing and expanding. We are already beginning to see the value of this new approach with some successful seizures of narcotics and the illicit proceeds of crime,” Roper said.

“I am also pleased that the UK Border Force secondee is making an important contribution as we shift into the intelligence-led approach.”