To assist in appropriate operations
9th September 2010: The UK Border Agency will continue to support Dumfries and Galloway Police in immigration-related crime investigations, the Home Office has asserted.
The UK Border Agency officers would be working at the Galloway ports to assist in appropriate operations, it has been asserted.
The regional director in Scotland and Northern Ireland Phil Taylor has been explaining how changes to the organisation of the immigration crime team at Stranraer will mean work to uncover illegal immigrants at the port will continue to be carried out.
Phil Taylor said: ‘The UK Border Agency will continue to support Dumfries & Galloway Police in immigration-related crime investigations, with UK Border Agency officers working at the Galloway ports to assist in appropriate operations.
‘The identification of any illegal immigrants using the Galloway ports will move to Northern Ireland, where UK Border Agency staff will replicate the work that they already do at the airports in Northern Ireland. We have a more substantial resource there which is more conveniently located to service the ports and enable the agency to be more operationally effective.’