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Treat firearms like a ‘deadly virus’- Acting DCP Jacqueline E. Vanterpool

- Police engaged in 'Clean the Streets' operation to rid the streets of illegal firearms
Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jacqueline E. Vanterpool is inviting the public to join the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in its ‘Clean the Streets’ Operation to rid the territory of illegal firearms. Photo: VINO/File
The ‘Clean the Streets’ Operation, according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), has seen some four teams of RVIPF officers deployed on Roll and Search as well as on mobile and foot patrols early last week to cover commercial centers and primarily cash-based entities during business hours. Photo: VINO/File
The ‘Clean the Streets’ Operation, according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), has seen some four teams of RVIPF officers deployed on Roll and Search as well as on mobile and foot patrols early last week to cover commercial centers and primarily cash-based entities during business hours. Photo: VINO/File
In continuance of the Joint Task Force working relationship, Customs and Immigration officers will also join the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force in these roll and search operations around the territory to quell the recent rise in firearm-related incidences. Photo: NJ.com
In continuance of the Joint Task Force working relationship, Customs and Immigration officers will also join the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force in these roll and search operations around the territory to quell the recent rise in firearm-related incidences. Photo: NJ.com
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jacqueline E. Vanterpool is inviting the public to join the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in its ‘Clean the Streets’ Operation to rid the territory of illegal firearms.

‘Clean the Streets’ Operation

The ‘Clean the Streets’ Operation has seen some four teams of RVIPF officers deployed on Roll and Search as well as on mobile and foot patrols early last week to cover commercial centres and primarily cash-based entities during business hours, a press release from the RVIPF today, February 25, 2021, stated.

It said traffic and drug offenders were the only arrests made so far; however, the teams are providing the needed reassurance to businesses and intelligence support to the officers who work behind the scene.

The RVIPF also said, in continuance of the Joint Task Force working relationship, Customs and Immigration officers will also join in these roll and search operations around the territory to quell the recent rise in firearm-related incidences.

Sporadic spells of gun-related violence

Acting Deputy Commissioner Vanterpool said while the VI generally enjoys months where there are no serious incidents, there are always sporadic spells.

“Fortunately we have long periods where gun-related violence is virtually non-existent. Then we have a brief spell where persons, feeling confident and bold after having acquired a firearm, commit robberies for short-term gain. Frequently, the individuals are either caught or simply stop because there is very little long-term profit in such activities,” she explained.

Treat firearms like a ‘deadly virus’

Acting DCP Vanterpool noted that firearms become more dangerous when they fall into the hands of the few who are volatile and unstable which likely played a factor in the recent gun-related deaths.

 “There are individuals with hot-tempers and impulsive in any number of households within our community. A firearm in that mix is a dangerous thing. The sad thing is, the household knows when there is a weapon in the mix and remains silent. If this mindset does not change, we will continue to have these outbreaks. We have to treat firearms like we would any deadly virus. Get it out of the house and out of circulation as soon as possible,” she said.

“We are asking the public to help us to bring an end to this violence. If you know anyone who has or is carrying an illegal firearm or where one is being hidden, help by calling and pointing us in the right direction. We will do the rest,” Vanterpool added.

Persons with information of persons carrying illegal weapons can call the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.

16 Responses to “Treat firearms like a ‘deadly virus’- Acting DCP Jacqueline E. Vanterpool”

  • Stop an search (25/02/2021, 17:27) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    There needs to be more frequent stop and search on the roads so that the criminals think twice before walking about with their guns.

    It a free for all now. They just walk about with it knowing they will not encounter a police officer.
  • Wow. (25/02/2021, 17:50) Like (6) Dislike (22) Reply
    Then the police will have full control over us to come kick off our doors and give us the Vaccine ??
    Hell No. Stop killing one another but save your ....s for the right time , when the ting start.
  • Ms Vanterpool (25/02/2021, 18:12) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    thanks to james and replace him for now let vanterpool deal with things stop and search is a good move the fellow sleeping and crime wide awake in bvi
  • facts (25/02/2021, 19:22) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
    Jacky you should have been the incoming police chief but racism and sexism locked you out!
  • coi (25/02/2021, 20:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The same advice must be set down at thy loss lips....
  • Fresh air (25/02/2021, 20:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a breath of ftesh air. Stop the racism and sexism
  • @facts (25/02/2021, 20:35) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    If who u r, I would shake your hand. Dem boys dont wan she dear at tall. Dey fight her hard to keep off that seat, but the man upstairs have a surprise for them. Dont 4get he wuk in missterous ways. U hit the nail on its head demm setta crooks.
  • Truth (25/02/2021, 22:53) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Treat curupt police like a deadly virus
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (25/02/2021, 22:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    j@&%S ah criminal, his boss gone to heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Observer (26/02/2021, 07:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Has any one noticing that since that we no longer refers to our islands as bvi ,we have lost the B.
    So we are now vi our crimes has even take a turn from little bvi to VI to a notice .
    Think about this it a group change their name for example from guard to executioner Is it the same.
    Can anyone tell me why in every media and almost every news site you have to read about the BVI we have no longer REFERED to as the BVI.
    ,(our crime are now trying to be the of nolonger BVI but VI ).
    • For your observation... (26/02/2021, 11:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The official name of the territory is the 'Virgin Islands'. This is on official legislation, statutes and codes, even the 2007 Constitution and this very site you are commenting on (Virgin Islands News Online, NOT British Virgin Islands News Online).
      The colloquial name is 'British Virgin Islands' to distinguish it from the Virgin Islands of the U.S. (colloquially 'U.S. Virgin Islands'), formerly the Danish West Indies before the transfer over 100 years ago from Denmark to the U.S.
      Therefore, we have ALWAYS been the Virgin Islands. There is no turn. We are as we always have been.
    • concerned citizen (26/02/2021, 13:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      In the First place we were never BVI. VI is our correct ID.
  • LEGALIZE IT (26/02/2021, 08:51) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am in full support of getting illegal guns off the streets but as we live in reality we know that some will still exist. I also am in full support of allowing persons to LEGALLY own firearms. This would allow police to do background checks, the person would need to de mandatory training and whatever else the police think is necessary to own a gun if you are a business, farm or property owner. We should be able to protect ourselves and our businesses. I recall the feeling of terror after IRMA broke open the prison and my family had to stay home alone in the countryside, without telecommunication ability, while i worked all day trying to restore the country. I would have felt better knowing they were protected if someone tried to break in. Please consider putting measures in place or people WILL own guns illegally for protection.
  • Commendable analogy, however... (26/02/2021, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...there may be a bit of a sticking point for some.
    "We have to treat firearms like we would any deadly virus. Get it out of the house and out of circulation as soon as possible,” she said."
    As this pandemic has shown, there are those within our community who think a deadly virus is not a serious thing, that it is a hoax and fake news, that people who take precautions are living in fear and that a few cases is no big deal. Pretty much similar to how some people will turn a blind eye to the guns in their household because it's not affecting them directly.
    The irony is, the community is already treating firearms like a deadly virus; the actions vary according to perceived personal danger ("It's not affecting me, so I don't need to take it seriously. I'm not going to die.")
    What is needed, just like for the virus, is a public education drive to bring home the message.
  • OK Then (26/02/2021, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People who already have a license for a weapon is already abusing their authority, what will when to happen clash over foolishness, can you imagine. They done don't have no behavior


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