Acting Customs Comptroller Sherman Emmanuel has disclosed a groundswell of support from staff for a colleague wounded in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday in Monchy.
Emmanuel, speaking Thursday on the margins of an emergency staff meeting that saw the early closure of Customs services at several locations, told reporters that the victim was recuperating.
“He is doing well, the Acting Customs Comptroller said.
“Our staff have come together, supported each other, encouraged each other and our fellow colleague as well. So they have really showed a lot of love and support to him during this time,” Emmanuel explained.
He said Tuesday’s shooting was a reminder of the challenging nature of a Customs Officer’s job.
Emmanuel told reporters that every day the officers are on the frontline.
“Often times we face risks that others are not even aware of, so these are challenges that remind of how risky the job is, how important security is,” he said.
Emmanuel revealed that the Customs Department summoned the emergency meeting to discuss security concerns and the way forward.
In addition, he explained that Customs & Excise staff, having been impacted by the attack on their colleague, needed time to de-brief and reassurance that their security was paramount.
Thursday’s emergency meeting followed one the previous day.
Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre and Acting Police Commissioner Ronald Philip joined the Customs & Excise staff at that gathering to show solidarity and give reassurances regarding their safety and security.