Tuesday, June 19, 2018

More Training for Border Enforcers

Border Forces

An independent report has warned that those working in border enforcement need to have extra training to ensure that they can cope with the increased numbers entering the county this summer for the Olympic games.

A lack of training could lead to lapses in security as well as long queues.

The findings come from the independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine. His recommendation was made despite the extra people who have been employed to deal with the influx of visitors set to arrive. "We recommend that Border Force must ensure that officers from the secondary detection area receive the necessary support and training to carry out immigration work to the same standards as staff with an immigration background," Vine said in his latest report. Vine also found inconsistencies between the different terminals at Heathrow airport and attributed them to a lack of training. He recommends regular training, at least once a year to ensure that all staff have a refreshed knowledge and understanding of the processes they should be employing and why. In particular Vine said that there must be training on the use of forgery detection equipment.

There are, however, plans in place to ensure the effective running of border controls. Previous employees have been asked to return due to their experience and newer ones have been given access to mentors. Despite, these positives, the report claimed that "some staff remained concerned about the potential risks of employing staff on the immigration control who had received only basic training and who had no immigration background/experience." Staff are also worried about what could happen after the Olympics. They feel that the failings of the past could reoccur since there is a general rise in the number of passengers coming through Heathrow.

Training is key to protecting the borders and should not be put to one side once the flurry of Olympic tourist has past. In response to Vine's report, Immigration Minister, Damian Green, said "there are always places where you can improve and that is what we are doing."

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