Immigration responsibilities to shift from Police to Customs

Immigration responsibilities, currently handled by Police Officers, will be shifted to the Customs and Excise Department, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced.

Chastanet has described the impending  move as a “fundamental change.”

“Immigration Officers will no longer be policemen because we  are looking to pass on that responsibility to Customs which will free up over one hundred policemen to come back onto the beat,” the Prime Minister told the Times.

Chastanet said instead of stamping passports, they will be “real” law enforcement officers for which they were trained.

The Prime Minister told the Times the move will be part of stepped up efforts to put criminals on the “back foot.”

He disclosed that a team is now in place coordinating the transition.

He said that Customs Officers have to be trained in their new responsibilities as Immigration Officers.

Chastanet also spoke of the need to get the cooperation of both entities involved.

However the Prime Minister told the Times that in principle, everyone agrees with the move.

“I am trying to get this done before the Christmas season,” he explained.

Chastanet told the Times there would be a lot of changes in terms of the management of the airports.

“We are going to make it much more fluid,” he said, adding that once Customs is performing the functions of Immigration Officers it would not cost the government extra money.



  1. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Anything to get US training. #backside

    1. Anonymous
      October 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

      What a silly ignorant comment.

  2. milk
    October 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Fantastic move. Very progressive

  3. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Does Chastenet know the laws of the land?.look like we have another law breaking on.

  4. milk
    October 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This is why you labourites will never see the reigns of power again. Expecting to do the same thing for a different result. Guess what, the radical change is taking place and and yes it will bear fruit

    1. Anonymous
      October 4, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      sHut up fool. this has been in the works for a while

  5. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    We voted for change u empty vessel we try if it don’t work we try sum else developed countries do it it has proven success you should check out the stations and how many persons on a shift . And the numbers that call sick not adding vacation it is a good move we need more police on the ground. When last u saw traffic officers admitting tickets at nights.Great Move

  6. JC
    October 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    You know something…..I just realized Lucians are scared (Word deleted) of change!!!!! People if we keep doing things the same old way, don’t expect a different result. The only thing constant in life is Change….get used to it!!!!

  7. Proud Lucian
    October 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    You must be a mad man. This will not happen before the Christmas. It’s not just get up in the morning and everything will be in place. Such transitions take time, SIR

  8. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I support that move 10000000 percent that will iliminate some of the problems with crimes if they do the job right.

  9. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I can’t see how that happening before xmas. Hope these customs officers will be properly trained to ensure safety of our borders. Such a move should not be rushed.

  10. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Good move

  11. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I think ports police should be trained to take up such responsibilities….

  12. Anonymous
    October 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    how can this possibly happen by Christmas does he realize all the regulations and laws that need to be paid attention too with this undertaking? don’t get me wrong I think its a great idea but it can’t happen by Christmas.

  13. Anonymous
    October 5, 2016 at 4:43 am

    the operative word here is TRYING

  14. Go joe joe
    October 5, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Yes everyone is saying good move yet when the police all uh yall will b saying police brutality and secondly hve the immigration officers been briefed about the changes? Is this really from tge pm?

  15. Anonymous
    October 9, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Good move it should be operated like a border agency