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Under pressure RVIPF to get another $5M

-to implement new security plan to assist the RVIPF to fight crime in the territory
Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance (left), and His Excellency The Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert (right) announced during a joint press conference on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Governor's House the implementation of a new security plan in order to assist the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in fighting crime. Photo: Team of Reporters
It was Honourable Julian Fraser (RA), Third District Representative on Tuesday June 6, 2017 in a sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) that he is not pleased with the amount of unsolved crimes in the territory and called for security to be placed under the responsibility of the Premier rather than the Governor. Photo: VINO/File
It was Honourable Julian Fraser (RA), Third District Representative on Tuesday June 6, 2017 in a sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) that he is not pleased with the amount of unsolved crimes in the territory and called for security to be placed under the responsibility of the Premier rather than the Governor. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) headquarters in Road Town damaged by hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) headquarters in Road Town damaged by hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) receiving additional funding from the government for repairs to infrastructure, new technology and man power, the pressure is on for them to produce efficient results in crime fighting.

During a joint press conference on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Governor's House in Road Town with His Excellency Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), the implementation of a new security plan was announced.

The Governor stated that the security plan focuses on four areas of immediate priority.

The plan includes aggressively securing the integrity of the Territory's borders against illicit entry of guns, people and narcotics and increasing the presence, visibility and connectivity between law enforcement agencies.

In addition, the security plan will tactically reduce key criminal activities developing a cross sector robust crime prevention and reduction plan between law enforcement agencies.

It was just on January 28, 2018 in a press conference with media houses that Commissioner of Police (CoP), Michael B. Matthews announced that the RVIPF received £1.2M or $1.69M from the United Kingdom (UK).

The implementation of the new security plan comes amid the recent gun violence in the territory.

Drones, CCTV surveillance, teasers

The new initiative will see a host of new and improved technologies such as drones and CCTV surveillance, digital handheld radios and taser guns.

Additionally, the plan will increase customs and police marine capabilities and increase the number of search officers.

With regards to Her Majesty's Prison in Balsum Ghut, the Governor told media houses that the prison is being prepared for repairs in collaboration with Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture, who is responsible for the prison.

"The job of security is not just for the Premier, myself or law enforcement agencies, it is everybody's responsibility in every community to play their part. Safety is all of our responsibility," emphasised the Governor.

Security under the Premier

It was Honourable Julian Fraser (RA), Third District Representative on Tuesday June 6, 2017 in a sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) that he is not pleased with the amount of unsolved crimes in the territory and called for security to be placed under the responsibility of the Premier rather than the Governor.

He said, "I am not going to keep my mouth shut about crime in this territory and those who are responsible for bringing people to justice. Whatever it takes to bring these people to justice and those who are responsible for doing so must be held accountable."

13 Responses to “Under pressure RVIPF to get another $5M ”

  • Jayrock (28/02/2018, 11:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I'm hearing is More equipments for the police but what about the Personnel. They need to train and hire new recruits we don't have enough police officers for policing the island
  • vi (28/02/2018, 11:24) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    STOP THE MADNESS DRONES AINT GOING SOLVE ANYTHING
  • pat (28/02/2018, 11:26) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    more talk no action NDP can not longer govern
  • -------------------- (28/02/2018, 11:39) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    just two uperdy men in ties with no real plans, but trying to save their careers, so sad and distasteful. The governor has failed and we done waiting on election to deal with Mr. ZZZZZZZ
    • Just saying. (28/02/2018, 12:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      When a Scooter pull up against you at nights even to over take. Its a scarey feeling. Not blaming Scooters for everything. Just saying.. They need to be off the road at nights..
  • vick (28/02/2018, 11:58) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    pouring more money will not do much. These cops need to be in the streets. If they can't do nothing about basics rules (no cell phone, no helmets, no stopping everywhere and much more),what can they do about crimes/.
  • Lord o (28/02/2018, 12:35) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not a money issue. This is about approach, commitment and strategy. Example if you increase an officer pay to $5000.00 per months I'm sure Scooter riders will be still passing them with no helmet without being stopped...IF WE give Scooters a 6pm to 6_am curfew would it be enforced or we will be getting more excuses why it wasn't enforced.
  • Thought (28/02/2018, 12:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How about deployed the ones you have here to other places since they’re so comfortable here and are friends with everyone. Bring in officers from other places. I’m sure a change within territory going happen because the new officers don’t know anyone on island
    • yes (28/02/2018, 14:36) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      We experienced that with the forces that were here after Irma! People respected them and the bad boys were forced underground because in reality they are a bunch of cowards. They do not fear the local RVIPF.
  • Concerned (28/02/2018, 14:52) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    For WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They can hardly solve any murders.
    The first 48 hours is crucial and they are freaking hopeless.
  • not laughing (28/02/2018, 17:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    murders and other violent crime solving comes first. though it casts a very sinister light on locals that no one
    comes forward about info in those matters. still, what about the constant hacking and intercession into peoples
    telecommunications? when every channel and frequency a person uses electronically to communicate, is
    interfered with or data erased from their devices. especially via cell phone accounts with the BVI cell companies.
    this gets to be like a prerequisite for a crime to be committed upon a person. the premier was told of this lower
    level crime a year ago mostly in the matter of banks demanding unwarranted info. And Premier Smith didn't do
    a damn thing. And some people had every bank account and communications channel violated. Well that isn't
    like homicide, but it seems like some chosen to be killed later - especially when photos of them are deleted by
    remote control from their cell phone like a "you are next" message. UK and BVI not doing what they should.
    They just suck up to the USA to monitor everyone for no useful purpose. Stupid.
  • watcher (28/02/2018, 19:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the UK there are Inspectors of Constabulary and an Independent Police Complaints Commission who investigate the various UK police forces. We need them here.


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