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Gov't making efforts to prevent terrorism, travel fraud

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2013 | 12:29 PM

The government is making efforts to prevent cases of terrorism, travel fraud and other border related crimes with the training of personnel from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).



Immigration officers, investigators, citizenship and passport officers and customer service personnel from Kingston and Montego Bay, are now participating in a comprehensive training programme in St James.



Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Jennifer McDonald says the training will better equip the officers in areas such as travel document examination, fraud prevention and detecting identity theft.



She says the efforts are aimed at strengthening the security of the country’s borders and safeguarding the island from organised criminal networks.



She points out that criminals sometimes take advantage of the fact that Jamaica is strategically located and convenient for regional connectivity and transhipment.



McDonald also emphasise that her agency has already upgraded the Jamaican passport with additional security features to make it more tamper-proof.



She says PICA’s border management system at the ports has also been improved.



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