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RVIPF marks 50 years with focus on community

BVI police officers during a special event. Photo Credit: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/BVI News Online

BVI police officers during a special event. Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News Online

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will mark 50 years of existence as an independent constabulary on Monday, February 27.

But, instead of the usual week of celebration, the force will host a number of ‘community-centred events’ through the year 2017.

Police officers, their families, and supporters will assemble to launch the year’s celebration at the New Testament Church of God Worship Centre during Sunday service on February 26. Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews is among persons expected to give remarks.

On the following day, officers will gather at the Road Town Police Station for the unveiling of a plaque and monument in commemoration of the RVIPF’s 50 years of service.

That will be followed by remarks and speeches from retired police officers. There will also be an in-house luncheon.

On Tuesday night (February 29), the RVIPF will host its Domino Championship – one of many crowd favourites.

Chairperson for the planning committee Deputy Commissioner Alwin James said the 50-year celebration will take on flavours of the past as well as the present, but on a grand scale.

“We will combine Police Week crowd favourites such as the International Food and Drink Night and the Bingo Night with events and activities to showcase our history as we fulfilled our motto to serve with knowledge, courage and integrity throughout the years,” he said.

Promotions for the other events will come as the year progresses, added the RVIPF.

The slogan for this year’s celebration is: “Community service for all; 50 years on call.”

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