Montserrat Customs Officers Receiving Weapons Training from Royal Police Service

As part of an on-going integrated training program between Customs and the Police, several Montserrat Customs and Revenue Services Officers completed the first phase of weapons identification training hosted by the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS).

According to Acting Commissioner of Police Bradley Siddell, "the purpose of these sessions is to train officers to identify, and where necessary, safely handle and confiscate illegal and prohibited items such as fire arms, parts of fire arms or ammunition hidden in cargo or personal luggage."

According to Acting Commissioner of Police Bradley Siddell, “the purpose of these sessions is to train officers to identify, and where necessary, safely handle and confiscate illegal and prohibited items such as fire arms, parts of fire arms or ammunition hidden in cargo or personal luggage.”

Mr Peter W. A White, Comptroller of Customs explained that “…with the development of a yacht marina in Montserrat and the likelihood of more yachts and pleasure crafts spending long periods in Montserrat, it will become more likely that some of these boats will have fire arms on them. It will be therefore incumbent on the operators of these crafts that they declare such fire arms when berthing in the territorial waters. Such declarations are normally made to Customs and the Coast Guard, it is therefore important that officers knows how to safely handle such fire arms.”

Customs and Police officers play an important joint role in Montserrat border protection and must be trained and equipped to handle all possible threats to the borders of Montserrat,” Siddell said.

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