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COVID-19 worsened manpower challenges @ RVIPF- Top CoP

- but said officers & civilian staff were still able to set 'records' in 2021
January 6th, 2022 | Tags: COP Mark Collins RVIPF manpower challenges COVID-19
Commissioner of Police Mark Collins said despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the manpower of the force, officers were able able to set new records in 2021 regarding law enforcement and see a decline in reported crimes. Photo: GIS/File
According to a New Year’s statement by the Police Commissioner Mark Collins, in addition to a record number of firearm, ammunition and scooter seizures, the force also nabbed several suspects related to local murders. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
According to a New Year’s statement by the Police Commissioner Mark Collins, in addition to a record number of firearm, ammunition and scooter seizures, the force also nabbed several suspects related to local murders. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police Mark Collins said despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the manpower of the force, officers were able able to set new records in 2021, regarding law enforcement and see a decline in reported crimes.

According to a New Year’s statement by the Police Commissioner, in addition to a record number of firearm, ammunition and scooter seizures, the force also nabbed several suspects related to local murders.

“We have arrested and charged persons in connection with five of the nine murders which occurred over the last two years. In fact, a total of 20 suspects were charged with murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm, robbery and other related offences.”

COVID-19 & policing 

The Top CoP said that while the net effect of retirements, resignations, interdictions and the impact of COVID-19 worsened an already serious manpower challenge at the RVIPF, as well as created serious human resource strain on every department, both officers and civilian staff pulled together to set new records and make the Territory safe.

“The collective work has resulted in a decline in reported crimes and high detection rate,” the statement noted.

Mr Collins also revealed that that the RVIPF seized hundreds of thousands of dollars believed to be generated from proceeds of criminal conduct, along with a number of counterfeit notes. 

Illegal marijuana fields were also uprooted and there was the achievement of recapturing an escaped prisoner who was wanted locally and overseas in connection with several serious offences.

3 Responses to “COVID-19 worsened manpower challenges @ RVIPF- Top CoP”

  • SMH (06/01/2022, 12:30) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Stop using them fraudulent pcr test etc and also stop sending people home who’s A-symptomatic and everything would be fine. A-symptomatic means that person is NOT sick, we all know how someone looks when they are. Stop dumbing down these gullible sheep with these misleading scientific terms and key people live. It’s flu season for goodness sake
  • jack (06/01/2022, 13:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They don’t perform with out COVID now with COVID it’s a mess
    • A big fight. (06/01/2022, 13:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This huge secret enemy seems like it coming to shut us down.... Anyone no the Song By Bob Marley " Naturally Mystic". This Virus is the prophecy Marley was talking about.. listen to it carefully..


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