12 Pass Customs Officer Training Programme

December 19, 2017

The Department of Customs recognized twelve Trainee Customs Officers [TCO] who successfully passed the Basic Customs Officer Training programme.

The 12 TCOs are Clynae Burrows, Rickai Burrows, Joshua Fox, Michael Furtado, Shirieka Lambert, Larry Marshall Jr., Miguel Medford, Amir Ming, S. Jodi Simmons, Macio Talbot, Saleem Talbot and Anthony Zuill.

Trainee Customs Officers Bermuda Dec 2017

“The 12 TCOs were the successful candidates out of 541 applicants,” the Ministry noted.

“And for the last eight months they have undergone a rigorous on the job training programme, which included specialized training in preparation for the America’s Cup and the busy summer cruise ship season. Next steps for the 12 TCOs will be additional training which will culminate in final testing to be a confirmed Customs Officer.”

Minister of National Security Wayne Caines attended the ceremony and said, “On a daily basis, our Customs Officers are responsible for collecting revenue and protecting our borders, so it was extremely encouraging to see the addition of these new Trainee Customs Officers to the ranks of the Department.

“The Ministry has worked tirelessly in recent months with the Collector of Customs to fill a number of vacant posts in the Department. This is vital to the responsibilities Customs has in border control generally and for ensuring Bermuda passes muster in the anti-money laundering regime.

“This Ministry will continue ensuring that the Collector and the Collectorate have the support and resources they need to carry out their critical duties.”

The Collector of Customs, Cindy Pearman, pointed out that this year’s group of TCOs bring a range of experience to the Customs Department, with various individuals having worked in several career industries both locally and overseas.

During yesterday’s recognition ceremony, the TCOs were highlighted for various achievements, including: Highest Test Scores – TCO Clynae Burrows, Most Customs Seizures / Drugs and Commercial Infractions – TCO Rickai Burrows; and the Collectors Commendation for excellence interdiction – TCOs Shirieka Lambert, Miguel Medford, Clynae Burrows and TCO Rickai Burrows.

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  1. Fisherman says:

    Congratulations Josh “Warrior” Fox

  2. Real Talk says:

    Well done Reeks….

  3. Inquiring Mind says:

    12 new customs officers out of 541 applicants.

    3 of the 12 of female.

    There’s something wrong here. You cannot discriminate based on gender. This should be looked into.

    • Wahoo juice says:

      And only two with beards!

    • Point boy says:

      It’s a man’s world keep up.
      Take a look at your government

    • Whistling Frog says:

      @ Inquiring Mind: Maybe you should have applied…

    • TO INQUIRING MIND:
      iF THE FITTEST AND BEST IS EXACTLY WHAT you SEE IN THE PICTURE, THEN DISCRIMINATION DID NOT HAPPEN.
      The real, true and brutal discrimination lay with exactly where it correctly belongs…….O.B.A.
      Be for real!!!
      They discriminated against BORN BERMUDIANSferociously!!

      • Double S says:

        “iF THE FITTEST AND BEST IS EXACTLY WHAT you SEE IN THE PICTURE, THEN DISCRIMINATION DID NOT HAPPEN.”

        Strange how you don’t have that mindset if the people in such press releases don;t look like you. Then it is discrimination, racism, white supremacy, blah, blah, blah.

    • bdaboy says:

      “You cannot discriminate based on gender.”

      This government can and will do whatever it wants, again.

  4. Mr. Arusha says:

    Congrats to all of the TCO’s. No doubt you will treat all members of the public with respect and in accordance with law and policies. Equally, treat your colleagues with respect, compassion and in accordance with law, policy and best practices – this sadly can be overlooked. Compassion, fairness and due diligence can be neglected at even the highest ranks.