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Cayman Islands Government

Customs Recruits Graduate

L-r: Customs Collector Charles Clifford, Training Manager Langlie Powery, graduates George Jackson, Gerome Bodden, Christopher Myles and Monique Barnett, Finance Minister Hon. Marco Archer and Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson

After three months of intensive training, four recruits have graduated as government's newest Customs Officers.

Ms Monique Barnett, Mr. Christopher Myles, Mr. Gerome Bodden and Mr. George Jackson received their epaulettes and pins as well as their certificates at a graduation ceremony to signify their entry into the service on Monday, 4 April 2016.

Presenting their certificates, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Marco Archer encouraged them to apply the Customs Laws and Regulations fairly and fearlessly.

Urging them to aim to advance throughout their Customs careers, Minister Archer cautioned: "Avoid temptation and corruption in conducting your duties."

Financial Secretary, Mr. Kenneth Jefferson noted that as ambassadors for the Cayman Islands, Customs Officers should remain professional and courteous in carrying out their duties. "Understand why laws and regulations specify what you do. Take advantage of your superior's knowledge and experience. At the same time, be innovative and suggest changes that improve Customs operations and procedures," he advised.

He also encouraged them to maintain their professional edge, making the most of all opportunities to keep their knowledge current.

Collector of Customs, Mr. Charles Clifford praised the graduates for their dedication and commitment to their duties thus far and encouraged them to keep excellence in the forefront in all their efforts going forward. Mr Clifford advised them to use their "awesome responsibility" as law enforcement officers to bring offenders to justice and ensure the innocent are free from harassment.

"You have chosen a career that is critically important to the functioning of the Cayman Islands Government," he remarked.

He also emphasised the duty of Customs Officers to protect and collect government revenue and secure the borders. Over the next 12 months, the graduates will receive hands-on training in all areas of Customs operations, he noted.

The Collector also counselled them to remain fair but firm and courteous, and to engage their tact and good judgement when doing their jobs.

Speaking on behalf of the recruits, Ms Barnett said that the skills they had acquired during the three-month training would be put to good use during their probation period. These covered all aspects of Customs operations, as well as relevant subjects like self-defence and CPR. She thanked all the trainers for their diligence and thoroughness.

Customs Training Manager and course coordinator, Mr. Langlie Powery also congratulated the graduates for a job well done and reminded them that the Customs department is part of a global Customs organisation linked to international trade.

Top scorers were Ms Barnett and Mr. Myles with Mr. Bodden in third position. Customs resource personnel included Mr. Powery, Deputy Collector Marlon Bodden, Systems Administrator Ronnie Miller, Assistant Collectors Kevin Walton, Jeff Jackson and Philip West; Senior Customs Officers Nicholas Rivers, Windell Solomon, Malachi Powery, Tina Campbell and Newton Powery.

(GIS)

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