The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Pascal Bacchus to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services.
Mr. Bacchus has 30 years’ experience as a law enforcement officer with the last 24 years spent serving as a Police Officer in the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF).
During his tenure, he has progressed steadily to the rank of Assistant Superintendent and has spent over a decade and a half protecting the territorial space of the TCI as a professional Boat Captain and several years Commanding the Maritime Division.
He has also commanded Division A which includes the islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay. The latter part of Mr. Bacchus’ career with the RTCIPF was spent leading the Strategic Planning and Policy and Criminal Justice Departments.
He has contributed tremendously to the OPBAT Tripartite Operation for several years at the operational, tactical and strategic level and was recognized by the US Interdiction Coordinator Committee for contribution to OPBAT in drug enforcement efforts within the region.
Mr. Bacchus holds a Master’s Degree with Distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Jamaica. His thesis concentrated on the topic “Towards a multi-stakeholder approach to Maritime Security in Small Islands Development States (SIDS) – The Case of the Turks and Caicos Islands”. He has also successfully completed studies at the TCI Community College, H Lavity Stoutt Community College (BVI) and a number of professional courses from reputable institutions to include Caribbean Maritime Institute Ja., Jamaica Constabulary Staff College, UWI and United States Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia.
Commenting on his appointment Mr. Bacchus stated:
“In transitioning to this new role as Deputy Permanent Secretary, I want to first thank God for his guiding power, mercies and protection as I continue in service to protect the Turks and Caicos Islands.
I want to thanks my family, friends and colleagues for their continued support and encouragement over the span of my career.
I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve in a capacity where I can continue to operationalize my training, knowledge and experiences into tangible outcomes. I look forward to joining my new team in the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services and to work with other ministries and stakeholder in a synergetic way.”
Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulations to Mr. Pascal Bacchus on his appointment said:
“I am pleased to congratulate Mr. Pascal Bacchus on his appointment as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services and to welcome him to this new role.
The Ministry of Immigration and Border Services is in the process of undergoing a major change program in the establishment of a new Border Force Agency which will encapsulate many of the functions of the current Immigration and Customs Department.
As we continue to expand and improve on our border enforcement programs, Mr. Bacchus previous law enforcement background will be an asset to the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services.
I wish him well on his appointment and much success as we embark on a major change program with regards to border services here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”