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The 15 participants in the Ministry’s of Justice’s Financial Crimes Investigators course, where presented with certificates of completion yesterday (Aug.18), at the graduation ceremony held at the Wyndham Rose Hall Resorts and Country Club in Montego Bay.
The course, which was held at the HEART Trust’s regional office in St. James from May 16 to August 5, marked the first occasion that the programme was being held outside of the Justice Training Institute’s (JTI) campus in Kingston, since training started in 2002.
It attracted participants from the banking sector, the Justice Ministry, the island’s courts and the Taxpayer Audit and Assessment Department.
Acting Director for Training and Academic Affairs at the JTI, Arlene Williams, said that objective of the training was to develop and enhance required skills and competencies for the successful investigation and prosecution of financial crimes.
She informed that the course was also intended to expose participants to the regulatory framework that governed financial institutions; the risk factors involved in the management of financial institutions; and pertinent laws. Facilitators involved management consultants, personnel in the legal and financial sectors, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the tax department.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, who was the guest speaker at the function, said that there could be no true development without an effective justice system.
“In fact, research indicates a strong positive correlation between progressively developed countries and effective justice administration. What I would like to say is that there can be really no true development if there does not exist an effective system for the administration of justice,” she stated.
She congratulated the participants in the course, adding that their presence was a signal of their commitment to the process of nation building.