US Embassy empowers Namibian customs and immigration officials

27 Sep 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibian customs, immigration and safety officials have been equipped to better deal with issues pertaining to the detection of fraudulent travel documents through a training course.
The course, which was attended by officials from Namibian Customs and Immigration, Namibian Police Force, Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Namibia Airports Company and Air Namibia, was held in Walvis Bay from 12 to 14 September 2017.
A media statement issued by the United States of America’s Embassy in Windhoek on Tuesday said the training focused on detecting imposters, regional travel document fraud trends, and security features of US travel documents.
Diplomatic security investigators and experts from the US Consulate in Cape Town, South Africa conducted the training.
It is hoped that the Namibian officials who participated in the course will be able to immediately implement the learned techniques in their daily duties in port security, law enforcement, immigration and customs.
US Assistant Regional Security Officer for Investigations Cassius Gray, who facilitated the training, is quoted in the statement as saying such training is important as it helps increase fraud awareness.
It will also help in the identification of imposters using forged documents.
According to the statement, protecting the integrity of government identity documents and identifying imposters decreases opportunities for identity theft, customs violations, immigration fraud.
Such practice also assists border officials in securing Namibia’s borders and ports of entry, the US Embassy stated.
“International criminals continually look for ways to exploit international borders which reinforces the need for countries to work together to eliminate transnational crime and fraudulent activities,” it said.
Namport investigation and intelligence superintendent, Leon van Rooyen said in the statement Namport personnel in attendance benefitted greatly from the opportunity.
“Identification of imposters and the document security features were indeed an eye opener,” he said.
Over 120 officials completed the course.
This is the second such course in Namibia this year, with the first being held in Windhoek in March 2017.