Ex-senior cop to lead DCI enforcement team

| 02/05/2016 | 1 Comment
CNS Business

(L-R) DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh and Head of Business Services and Licensing Mitzi Watson-Jervis, with new staff members, Michelle Minzett, Claudia Brady, Jamian McFarlane and Jessie Melbourne

(CNS Business): A former chief inspector with the RCIPS has taken up the post of head of Compliance and Enforcement at the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI), which has added four new staff members over the last month to beef up enforcement of the laws relating to the business community. Claudia Brady, who started her new job last month, will manage investigations under commerce-related laws, such as the Trade and Business Licensing, Local Companies Control, Liquor Licensing, Music and Dance, Sunday Trading and Film Exhibition Control Laws.

Assisted by Senior Compliance Officer Jessie Melbourne, another former police officer who also started work last month, Brady will also monitor the activities of designated non-financial businesses and professionals.

In addition to bolstering enforcement and compliance, the DCI has also recruited Michelle Minzett and Jamian McFarlane as customer experience associates, who will deal with applications and information.

DCI Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh said all of the new recruits will support the DCI in meeting the needs of the local business community and that the additional staff will help with the licensing and regulation for businesses covered by all the laws that the DCI now administers.

“While it is still a small department, DCI intends to meet its obligations to all stakeholders, and our capable new recruits will allow us to better complete our assignments,” he added.

With many new DCI policies in place, from additional payment options to new forms and guidelines, Minzett said she would be there to help applicants with the business licensing process and her colleague McFarlane said she aimed to help DCI deliver a positive experience with members of the public.

But with the changes in the legislation and new powers being conferred on trade officers, the DCI has committed to improving the enforcement of laws relating to commerce to create a fairer business environment. Brady, formerly the RCIPS  district commander for George Town and one of a number of Caymanian senior officers to leave the police service recently, will be leading the charge now to enforce the business laws.

“My main responsibilities were to manage the day-to-day operations of the district and address areas of concern from residents and businesses alike,” she said. “I am very excited to work with the DCI and I look forward to imparting my law enforcement experience and assisting the business community with its efforts to comply with licensing requirements.”

Melbourne, who was a sergeant managed the Crime and Criminal Records Office and administered the RCIPS records management database. She will now ensure that the DCI operates in line with the parameters of internal policies and regulatory requirements and confirm that proper due diligence is gathered on business owners.

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  1. Hauraguer says:

    Yeah this is really going to encourage people to get into businesses here in Cayman. Not!

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