TCI CUSTOMS TEAM TRAVEL TO CAYMAN ISLANDS FOR TRAINING/ATTACHMENT

On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 a delegation comprising of members of the Turks & Caicos Islands Custom Department travelled to the Cayman Islands. The purpose of the trip was to focus on strengthening our enforcement initiatives and capacity building. To seek ways of enhancing the overall structure and capabilities of the investigative and enforcement unit.  The team consisted of June Harry, Assistant Collector (Enforcement), Gregston Been, Senior Customs Officer (Intelligence/Investigations Unit) and Alton Scott, Customs Officer (Anti-Smuggling Unit)

The Cayman Islands Customs Department was chosen because of its advanced enforcement operations and tools, particularly pertaining to baggage, containerized scanning, commercial imports and exports, fraud, intelligence gathering and analysis narcotics interdiction. 

Team members were attached to various sections of the department including:

  • Commercial fraud unit
  • Joint Intelligence Unit
  • Intelligence/Investigations Unit
  • Airport
  • Seaport
  • Container/postal/Courier
  • Bonds/Warehousing
  • FSI  (freight security initiative)
  • Maritime
  • Firearm handling
  • Duty collections
  • Narcotics Enforcement (CNET)
  • Joint Police & Customs Marine Unit

Mrs. Harry stated; “The training was extremely beneficial to us. It gave us the opportunity to gain valuable ‘on the job’ training in different aspects of the operation of a number of areas within the Customs Department. We began with classroom training which covered: Note taking, Statements, Modes and powers of arrest, Role of the professional standards units, Management by objectives, Time Management, Relationship with Prosecutor and Investigator and Stress Management.” 

“Our departmental strategic plan for the next 3 years focuses on strengthening enforcement initiatives. In order for us to make this a reality it is imperative that officers receive the necessary training because proper training will bridge the gap between where we are and where we should be.”

Mr. Been added; “Such partnerships and initiatives can strengthen and help sustain our border protection efforts and also combat common threats We are all grateful for the opportunity to gain a significant amount of knowledge and we are eager to share this knowledge with our comrades here in TCI.  We looking forward to attending the advance training for border protection for Senior Officers and Senior Management which is schedule for September 2017.”

 

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE GETS ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION RECORD SYSTEM

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomed Mr. Hayden Hopkin, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Consultant, to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Mr. Hopkin will be working with the Primary Health Care Department for the next five (5) months on the development and implementation of an Electronic Immunization Registry (EIR).  The system was introduced to the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Managers at their annual meeting in Grenada in November 2016. 

The demonstration was impressive and the TCI capitalized on the opportunity to request PAHO’s assistance in acquiring the system for the country, to further strengthen the already robust EPI program. The TCI along with three other Caribbean countries received a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through PAHO for the introduction and implementation of the system.

During Mr. Hopkin’s visit, he met with the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and senior members of the health team who will be involved in the process, along with other key stakeholders who will be the end users of this system.  Challenges with the current paper based system were identified and ways in which the system can be improved were presented to the group. 

The country also had the opportunity to request modification to the system which will cater to the needs of the TCI.  This system, allows a child’s immunization record to be accessed electronically from any participating clinic on any island in the TCI.  This will increase efficiency in locating child health data from 2012 going forward.

The visit was a success and we look forward to Mr. Hopkin’s next visit where the end users of the system will be trained.  The system is expected to be operational by November 2017.

 

FOOD RECALL OF CONAGRA BRAND PRODUCT

Conagra Brand, Inc., a Milton, Pa. establishment recall spaghetti and Meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
 
The Animal Health Service Division of the Department of Agriculture wishes to inform the public that it is issuing an immediate recall for spaghetti and meatball products Imported by Sunny Foods.
 
The initial recall was issued by Conagra Brands, Inc., a Milton, Pa. establishment, the company is recalling approximately 717,338 pounds of spaghetti and meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product(s) contains milk, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.
 
The United States Department of Agriculture has learnt that some of the recalled product was exported to the Turks and Caicos Islands. If you have bought any of this product, please do not consume it but rather return it. The Agriculture Department has ensured that all remaining product is removed from the shelves.
 
For further information you may contact the Agriculture Department at 946-5801.