Over 20 Immigration and other law enforcement officials have begun a four-day training course run by the UK Government, which is expected to cover the main immigration risks and threats within the Eastern Caribbean and offer tools and guidance so participants can address those risks.
A total of 25 officers comprised of the Antigua and Barbuda Department for Immigration, Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force, and their colleagues from Montserrat are taking advantage of the International Immigration Border Security Training, which began today.
In her remarks during the opening ceremony for the course, Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Ms Lindsy Thompson, congratulated the Chief Immigration Officer and the Department for Immigration for its enthusiasm and engagement in ensuring the course went ahead. To its participants she noted: “the knowledge and skills you will acquire over the next four days will send a clear message to organised immigration crime groups using the Caribbean as a transit point that you will not tolerate this activity through your borders.”
Meanwhile, Chief Immigration Officer Ms Katrina Yearwood not only expressed her excitement that the UK Government facilitators were able to facilitate the training sessions, but also challenged the officers to utilize the knowledge gained in their daily tasks and “share with the other officers in [their] unit because it is an each one teach one initiative”.
Featured speaker, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Immigration, the E.P. Chet Greene joined Ms Yearwood in thanking the UK government for its continued support.
Minister Greene also charged participants to “absorb all you can,” underscoring that the importance of their involvement in the training course stretched beyond what they hear during the sessions and extends, more importantly, to how the knowledge is applied. (Press release)