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‘Expect heightened police presence for Karen’ - CoP Matthews

- Acting Governor David D. Archer Jr urges resident in low-lying areas to take precautions against flooding
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews. Photo: VINO/File
Tropical storm warnings were issued for Puerto Rico and the United States and British Virgin Islands Today, September 23, 2019, as Tropical Storm Karen moved northwest through the Caribbean Sea. Photo: AccuWeather
Tropical storm warnings were issued for Puerto Rico and the United States and British Virgin Islands Today, September 23, 2019, as Tropical Storm Karen moved northwest through the Caribbean Sea. Photo: AccuWeather
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the Virgin Islands on Tropical Storm Warning as TS Karen is expected to track through the territory by Tuesday morning, September 24, 2019, Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews says citizens can expect to see heightened police presence on the roadways.

“The force has a contingency plan for the storm season which includes the early placement of additional officers at key locations in advance of any storm arriving,” the Top Cop told Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), during invited comments.

According to the commissioner, “Our priority is to ensure public safety and security both during and post any impact. In this regard, the public can expect to see additional patrols and visible presence across the Territory.”

Now tracking across the Caribbean with a forecasted turn to the north, TS Karen had brought flooded streets, downed trees and power outages to the islands of Tobago and Tobago on Sunday morning.

According to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency's Facebook page, heavy flooding was reported in Scarborough and South Western Tobago. The agency also said people were trapped in flooded homes with additional media reports citing seven families trapped on the second floor of homes in flood-affected areas.

Cop Matthews noted, “Should the territory experience flooding or damage my officers will work alongside the other emergency responders to protect life and property.”

Take Precaution - Mr Archer 

Meanwhile, acting Governor Mr David D. Archer Jr in a statement released yesterday urged residents especially those in low-lying areas to take precaution.

"If you are in a low-lying area, along the coastline or other areas prone to flooding, now is the time to decide on the measures you will take to protect your property and belongings.  Also, decide if you need to temporarily take shelter with friends or family".

7 Responses to “‘Expect heightened police presence for Karen’ - CoP Matthews”

  • Mr Commissiiner (24/09/2019, 03:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did you do a survey of all those half of a building left after Irma Just waiting for a storm to finish their destruction these buildings are serious threat to life and property and to ensure safety. Because I see a lot of them. There is one in Huntums ghut an half of an upstirs as soon as you turn left by the tree to your right. That one is very scarey. Go take a look at it...
  • maddo (24/09/2019, 06:13) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
    Why this man don’t go and take a seat. Always want to be relevant. He needs to go and take on his real responsibilities and keep off the media
  • Mr commissioner (24/09/2019, 08:07) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    How about putting away the IRMA looters? All talk and no action of this police force...where is real justice?
  • hi (24/09/2019, 09:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Streets empty of the police to me. I ain’t see none this morning
  • Strupes (24/09/2019, 09:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    this should be every day

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