Customs and immigration focus on targeted intel

| 29/11/2017 | 6 Comments

(CNS): A group of leaders from the Cayman Islands immigration and customs departments recently returned from a CARICOM meeting in Trinidad about the strategic and risk management approaches to border security. Both departments are tasked with tackling risks and threats related to the movement of potential terrorists, drug traffickers, deportees, prohibited immigrants, as well as drugs, weapons and illicit goods, and officials said that they depend on intelligence, which involves more regional cooperation, to help target their work rather than random or systematic searches.

The Special Meeting of the CARICOM Standing Committees of Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs was convened to discuss the implementation of the Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS) and the expansion of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). Both the ACIS and APIS involve the transmission of manifest information from carriers to local border security authorities ahead of an airline’s or marine vessel’s arrival or departure.

“Cooperation, particularly in relation to intelligence exchange, is extremely important,” said Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith. “It’s now well recognised that enforcement success by immigration and customs relies much more on carefully targeted efforts based on high quality intelligence than it does on random or systematic action.”

The Cayman Islands currently leverages APIS for airline departures, which is why passengers no longer have to clear immigration when leaving the country. The Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration (MHRI) is currently leading a number of projects to strengthen and modernise border security, including the full implementation of APIS.

“The key is to ensure that border control resources can be directed toward those areas where they are most likely to produce significant results in the interest of security and public safety,” Jeff Jackson, Assistant Collector of Customs (Border Control), explained.

The ministry is also working closely with regional intelligence partners to provide the Cayman Islands’ border control authorities with greater capacity to assess a passenger’s risk profile and potential threat level.

“From a border protection standpoint, our primary goal is to help safeguard Cayman’s reputation as a safe, secure and attractive jurisdiction for recreation, residency and business,” said Deputy Chief Officer for MHRI (Security and Public Safety) Michael Ebanks. “To that end we’ll continue to strengthen international relations and local law enforcement collaboration.”

The Cayman Islands delegation included Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith, Acting Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Tamara Reid-Vernon, Deputy Collector of Customs (Border Control) Jeff Jackson, Assistant Collector of Customs (Border Control) Phillip West and Senior Customs Officer Newton Powery.

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Category: Crime, Crime Prevention, Customs, Immigration

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  1. Anonymous says:

    HM Customs should immediately seize any local inventories and ban the importation of slick knob-less street tires and lightweight stunt/street-specific upgrades and components for off-road dirt bikes and ATVs. These are the preferred components of the terrorizing unlicensed stunt rioters.

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  2. Narcisso Clarke says:

    I wonder if Caricom sold them any Ambition Tablets to bring back to Cayman???

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  3. Anonymous says:

    “Intel” how about some public intel that this new system doesn’t work and it makes it NO BETTER as I waited for 1.5 hours to make a payment on Friday and there is no one to speak to. When referred upstairs no one was there a real ghost town. Went back downstairs and the staff are like hogs. I wonder where Charles is and if he even walks down there to see what’s happening.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    And while they talking “Intel” PLEASE fix that new nuisance system they now have in place and get better customer service at the Collections office….from the lady in charge right down.

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  5. Veritas says:

    They need to develop some local “high quality intelligence” to find out what their own staff are up to and shake out all the bad apples that undoubtedly are still in the pile, despite all the recent suspensions.

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