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Increased security measures for Xmas – Commissioner


Armed officers patrolling Road Town.

Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews has promised to beef up security inside communities in time for the Christmas season, drawing on assistance from foreign officers.

“With the holiday season approaching, the Commissioner will use the additional officers to provide the needed reassurance within communities and at functions particularly at night.”

“The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will continue to receive reassurance patrols and firearm support from Cayman and Bermudian Police officers right into the New Year,” read a statement from the RVIPF.

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Meanwhile, the RVIPF disclosed that the decision by the British territories to extend the rotation of their officers in the territory in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has proven fruitful.

It said, for example, foreign officers have helped to not just increase security presence on the ground, but brought new perspectives to tackle the challenges the territory faces.

“Having these experienced officers on the ground equipped with patrol, firearm and even investigative capabilities allow for more officers to be on the streets and to provide a fresh perspective on the challenges we still face as businesses and homes are rebuilding.”

Vacation leave for local officers have also been made possible because of assistance from foreign officers, the release stated.

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