A press release issued by the department’s Public Relations Department, informs that the officers completed the Customs Induction Course for New Customs Officers and Customs Assistants which was held over the period 28th February – 3rd March.
The training was held in the H. S. Hanley Training Room at the Customs Headquarters and for the period, “The inductees received training in the areas of The Roles of Customs, Customs Control and Management, Interpersonal Relationships, Customer Service, and the Functions of the various departments and divisions of Customs. They were also introduced to the Customs (Control and Management) Act, 1992 which is the principal legislation that guides the Department in the discharge of its duties.”
The release further informs that the programme’s units were “all facilitated by senior staff of the St. Kitts-Nevis Customs and Excise Department with the expressed aim of achieving efficiency and effectiveness that will be required daily of these new officers and assistants.”
Comptroller of the Customs and Excise Department, Mr. Rodney Harris, congratulated the trainees for having joined a team that is committed to service and a team that unreservedly invests in the capacity building of all its members. Harris went further to admonish the inductees that “success a Customs Officer is measured by fairness, efficiency and integrity, on the part of that officer.”
Mr. Theodore Brown, Assistant Comptroller in the Training Division, praised the facilitators for the comprehensive manner in which units were presented and urged the newly inducted officers to make excellence their watchword.
Brown also expressed his confidence that as a result of this training, the new officers are better prepared to efficiently and effectively discharge their duties of serving of the people of St. Kitts-Nevis.
Mr. Kendale Liburd, Customs Officer Grade II, speaking on his behalf and of the trainees, expressed gratitude for the wealth of information shared that would assist in the discharge of his duties. Liburd, said, “I am happy for this induction course. It has helped me to see that there is much more to this work. Customs work is truly serious work.”
(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Customs press release)