Seventeen new recruits have been sworn into the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and nearly half of the batch are BVIslanders.
The other countries represented are St Vincent, Jamaica, Guyana, St Lucia and Dominica.
A media release from the RVIPF said, for the first time, the new female recruits outnumber the males in a nine-to-eight ratio.
The RVIPF also said this new batch of officers were enlisted to fill the vacancies that existed in the department. Their swearing-in also represents the government’s pledge to increase the size of the force by 15 every year for three years.
“The qualification process is not easy, but we wanted the best. Therefore, we congratulate you,” Police Commissioner told the new officers at their swearing-in ceremony on Friday.
“You will need to dig deep and be resourceful in order to progress successfully through the next six months, but I speak from personal experience when I say it is worth it. I can think of no better way to serve this territory and its people than by being a police officer,” he said.
The new law enforcers are now slated to undergo a six-month police training programme starting on January 3.
The RVIPF said the training will include early-morning physical exercise, lectures, a full day of instruction, and late-night studies in preparation for assignments the following day.
The recruits will occupy the barracks at the Road Town Police Station during the course of their training. Formerly, recruits were sent away to the Regional Police Training School in Barbados for basic training.
The RVIPF has said this will be the third cohort of officers to receive their initial training within the territory.
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