Sunday 25 August, 2019

Unified effort needed for border security

The panel at the discussion.

The panel at the discussion.

Border security officials are again being told that they must come together and lead a unified national effort to secure this country’s border.

Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall says as agents of law enforcement and national security they are required to prevent, deter, protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the national security of the national.

Speaking to Immigration and Customs Officers who yesterday began a five-day Joint National Border Security Training, Marshall implored them to hone their skills and to share experiences and information on passenger interdiction with a view towards developing more effective approaches to secure borders.

In Barbados where tourism is the main industry in the economy he says they are tasked with delivering the highest of customer service to each legitimate visitor.

Allowing a passenger who is a threat or a danger to enter the country or prohibiting one only to discover that he or she was entering for legitimate business of investor purpose he stated, is more reasons why passenger interdiction techniques are critical for developing objective conclusions to which the “admissibility of passengers can be judged.”

He applauded the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and The European Union (EU) for the pivotal role that they have played in facilitating the training initiative.

The five-day exercise he believes is a way of determining whether established standards are being met, whether established protocols are adequate and whether adjustments are required in order to reach the desired state of securing the national borders while welcoming lawful visitors and trade.

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