The Turks and Caicos Immigration Department has added 11 new staff members to strengthen and improve its efforts to manage and control the countries immigration and border control services.
The move is part of the government’s commitment to reform the Ministry of Border Control, says Deputy Govenor Anya Williams, and big changes are expected in that area in 2014.
“This will be a year of transformation for the Ministry of Border Control,” said Permanent Secretary Clara Gardiner in a Feb. 12 statement regarding the recruits. “As we continue to provide the manpower, resources and appropriate legislative framework to provide a professional public service and to counter the threat of illegal migration to our islands – already unacceptably over 1% of our government’s entire budget.”
The thirteen new members of the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Department represent the single largest tranche of recruitment that the government has made recently, according to Deputy Govenor Williams. “The Immigration Department has great responsibilities and it is hoped that our new colleagues will be instrumental in helping the department do its job better,” she said. Deputy Governor Williams, Minister of Border Control Don-hue Gardiner and Permanent Secretary Clara Gardiner met their new staff, welcomed them to the civil service, and outlined their plans for the ongoing improvement of the immigration service, as well as their professional expectations of the new officers Feb. 12 on Providenciales.
Employed to improve the efficiency of the department, the recruits - who began their service in December and recently completed their training - will work across the immigration front line at the airports, illegal immigrant detention centre, as well as the immigration department offices. Specifically, it is intended that their appointment will reduce the cost of both overtime and the need for additional private security firms at the detention centre. “This investment in new people is one way in which we are protecting our shores for citizens and visitors alike, as well as improving staff working conditions and investing in a purpose built IT system,” added Gardiner.
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