Thirteen (13) Immigration Officers Appointed

A total of 13 officers were promoted and appointed within the Immigration Department through a series of recruitment exercises throughout the 2017/2018 financial year.

 

Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams in meeting with the new officers on Monday July 23rd, 2018 to congratulate them on their recent promotions and appointments to the civil service and to discuss with them their new roles, had this to say; “It was a pleasure to meet with the new Immigration Department team to congratulate them on their recent success and to discuss with them the responsibilities of their new roles. The addition of these 13 new appointments through a combination of internal promotions and new appointments is a part our efforts to strengthen the manpower capacity within the department in order to improve customer service delivery and to strengthen our law enforcement capabilities.”

 

“As we seek to restructure and to refocus the department, the post of Assistant Immigration Officer is gradually being phased out so that staff can be recruited at a much higher level and of a much higher caliber. Through this mechanism, a number of officers in the department underwent a testing program on the roles and responsibilities of Immigration Officers and the laws, policies and procedures guiding them, in order to be considered for promotion. While the new officers underwent an open recruitment process which included a testing and interview process.”

 

“The officers recently appointed have been assigned across a range of functions within the department including the  Airport; Intelligence Unit and Task Force and will continue to be rotated on as needed basis to enhance their training and full understanding of the wide range of responsibilities within the Immigration Department.”

 

“Theirs is a task which is not easy as Immigration continues to be an area of heavy demand at the airport where there has been the addition of new flights and additional arrivals in the last year, coupled with improved mandatory procedures for passenger processing; the Intelligence Unit where we continue to focus on the detection of fraudulent and other documents; and on the Task Force where there has been a significant increase in activity due to the increase of sloop landings in the last year and the efforts of Operation Guardian.”

 

“As a result of this we will aim to provide continuous training to staff to provide them with the skills and tools that are necessary to carry out their duties, while at the same time ensuring that there are continuous reviews in their terms and conditions and in ensuring their safety.”

 

“Congratulations to all on your recent success and I encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities provided to you in the civil service, including those that will assist in your upward mobility.”

 

Listing of recent appointments:

 

Promotion from Assistant Immigration Officer to Immigration Officer:

 

  1. Bridgette Adams
  2. Veleika Brooks
  3. Donovan Francis
  4. Jeno Gardiner
  5. Alva K Lawrence
  6. Lakito Williams
  7. Teresa Samuels

 

New appointments – Immigration Officer

 

  1. Curtis Lightbourne
  2. Crystal Gardiner
  3. Doniesha Capron
  4. Reinaldo Forbes
  5. Valdez Thomas
  6. Arzsa Fulford