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Commish: Tortola road bad for swift response

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These bikes were donated recently to the RVIPF

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said one of its goal is to get to the scene of a crime within 10 minutes of being called. However, it stated that the response time may be longer because it is very difficult to manoeuvre the roads on Tortola.

Speaking at a community meeting at The Stickett in Long Look this week, police commissioner Michael Matthews told residents: “We try for a response of 10 minutes to get armed officers, but you know, Tortola is a difficult place to manoeuvre around in a vehicle.”

Commissioner Matthews said he wants his officers to arrive at a scene ‘in one piece’.

“Look at the car crashes we’ve seen in the last couple of days. It can be dangerous on the roads; so I want my officers to arrive there safely.”

Notwithstanding, the police commissioner said: “I can commit to you simply this; we will get there as quickly as we can.”

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