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Tasers over Guns! UK willing to offer training in non-lethal force

Governor Boyd McCleary says the UK is willing to offer assistance to the RVIPF in the use of tasers. Photo: VINO
Tasers are hand-held weapons that deliver a jolt of electricity through a pair of wires propelled by compressed air from up to 10.6 metres away.
Tasers are hand-held weapons that deliver a jolt of electricity through a pair of wires propelled by compressed air from up to 10.6 metres away.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Although there have been mixed views about fully equipping members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) with firearms in the face of the rising crime rate especially involving the use of guns, Governor Boyd McCleary still believes the use of non-lethal force is the best way to go.

In fact the Governor has said he is aware that the RVIPF has discussed the possible use of non-lethal equipment, including tasers and that the United Kingdom is willing to lend some of its expertise, including the use of tasers.

“Some of the UK forces have experience in tasers and there has been policy guidelines which have been developed in the UK for the use of tasers and that again would be a perfect way of transferring experience and skill where you can have training."

The Governor also said the UK could provide training facilities or its rules of engagement or code of practice which the UK has for the use of tasers. “That would be a very good example where the BVI doesn't have to reinvent the wheel. We have done it already in the UK with our own forces and we could export that policy to the BVI at no cost to the BVI," Governor McCleary said.

Tasers are hand-held weapons that deliver a jolt of electricity through a pair of wires propelled by compressed air from up to 10.6 metres away. The jolt stuns the target by causing an uncontrollable contraction of the muscle tissue. The target is immobilized and falls to the ground — regardless of pain tolerance or mental focus. Taser stands for "Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle." It is named after a series of children's science-fiction novels written in the early 20th century featuring the young genius inventor Tom Swift.

It was also stated that the UK and Virgin Islands Government have recently discussed many areas of partnerships including in the area of security and that a meeting with Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Deputy Director of the Overseas Territories, Tim Colley and the RVIPF was recently held to discuss areas of UK assistance.

Meanwhile, another area of much debate recently was whether business owners should be armed as a means of protecting their investment from bandits. The debate gained heat recently when a local business was robbed by armed men in broad daylight.

But the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) are not in favour of such a move and according to DCP David Morris, such a move would not solve anything. “What it does is create more risk in this area, prevention is better.”

Instead, ‘high value’ businesses should have security cameras and security doors where people have to be buzzed in, he added.

12 Responses to “Tasers over Guns! UK willing to offer training in non-lethal force”

  • NDP STRONG (13/12/2011, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I SAY WE TEST THESE BAD BOYS ON THE PAST GOVERNMENT FOR PUTTING THE BVI IN THIS SAD FINANCIAL MESS.
    • Strupes (13/12/2011, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Starting from 2006
    • LABOUR (13/12/2011, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what about the two we sent to London and came back with ZERO...maybe the test should start there.....
      • NDP STRONG (13/12/2011, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        they come back wid zero cause vip done mess up the the $$. get it straight
    • vip bully (13/12/2011, 09:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what financial mess?....look how many cronatics ndp hiring with large salaries..we dont need year round consultation...like doc aint left no ndp behind?..michael, claude, oj, lorna,russel,iyana,hubert are just a few who are sucking on the government breast as we speak...school children say that every ndp member in the house was given 250 thousand to spend before xmas while vip's in the house, nil...absolutely no money...was this in the budget and if vip had leave the country broke then tell us where they got that money?
      • billy b (13/12/2011, 11:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Oh please, (vip bully) let them suck. Ayo sucking for 38 years. So what if we get a suck. The little we were left with to suck, we still malnourished.
    • SMH (13/12/2011, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      if u have Nothing better to comment please Shut Up!!!
  • she the cat mother (13/12/2011, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Until they arm the police they will not be serious about fighting crime!
  • trust (13/12/2011, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    do we trust the police with even Tasers?????? I think not
  • fat hen (13/12/2011, 11:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so explain to me the diffrence between a gun and a Tasers???? both of them kills!
  • Oh GOD! (13/12/2011, 16:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our young men will suffer greatly, if the members of the police force are not trained on how to conduct themselves in the line of duty, with these tasers. In many cases, police create more of a problem in disturbing the peace and provoking and inciting disturbances than protecting it because of how they approach situations. The addition will leave us all at the mercy of the abuse of power. Say something they don't like and be prepared to be "tasered". Lets hope with this new weapon there are also strict conditions under which the tasers can be used. GOD help us!
    • semloh (14/12/2011, 00:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You're not asking God to help our young men to turn from their criminal ways. No, no, no! You're not asking God to help the Police catch these criminal that have your beautiful island looking a bit wrinkly. You're not asking God" help to guide the parents in raising their children, nor for him to give the government the wisdom or foresight in crafting legislation to curb the upward trend in criminality, neither to help the Police to crack some of those outstanding Murders. According to you the place is fine as is and the Police need to step aside while hoodlums and their backers like yourself blogging bout some dream you obviously have had that you were tazed by Police. The idea of having taser gun is a step but how far will it take us. God forbid that one awful day when one or two criminals are cornered. I am sorry but the things them carry have plenty a bullets and accuracy is over a thousand meters while them tasers range between nose to 40feet if that long. Can you see what the outcome would be. Ah Ha! God help us all.


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