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13 New Shields

The 13 new Immigration recruits with (standing, left) Acting Chief Officer Eric Bush and Deputy Chief Officer Katherine Dinspel-Powell; and, (standing from right) Deputy CIO Samantha Bennett (Administration); Deputy CIO (Border Control) Bruce Smith; Acting Director of Boards and Work Permits Jeremy Scott; and Deputy CIO (Enforcement) Gary Wong.

Published 8th November 2011, 4:45pm

From mature adults to some younger workers, 13 new Immigration Department recruits were welcomed into the ranks today (Monday, 7 November) by top officials. This batch was selected from a pool of 321 applicants.

Acting Chief Officer in the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs Eric Bush, speaking on behalf of Chief Officer Franz Manderson, said, "Government's uniformed divisions are very special in their own right. While your logo - a shield - symbolises border protection, this goes hand-in-hand with good customer service." While encouraging personal initiative, he added, "It's your strength in numbers that will get you through any challenges."

The group commences six months of intensive classroom work, as well as practical instruction and cross-training with other unformed agencies.

Expressing why they signed up, the recruits gave reasons such as 'a respect of what the department stands for'; 'an appreciation of providing good customer service'; and 'wanting to apply their previous work experiences to this new field'.

Some recruits have years of expertise in areas such as hospitality, banking and law enforcement.

Those who complete training and graduate next year will augment colleagues at the air and sea ports. Required to have a command of local laws as well as an understanding of human behaviour, the officers must be versed in geography, psychology and sociology, insofar as they relate to immigration.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith welcomed the 13 trainees on behalf of CIO Linda Evans, and encouraged positive attitudes and good study habits in their new working environment.

Also attending the opening session were Deputy Chief Officer Katherine Dinspel-Powell, Deputy CIOs Samantha Bennett (Administration) and Gary Wong (Enforcement); Acting Director of Boards and Work Permits Jeremy Scott and other senior representatives.