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Cops receiving gun training on Beef Island

Armed members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force undergoing firearm training today, February 6. (Photo Credit: BVI News)

Twelve officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are currently undergoing security and firearm training on Beef Island.

The training started recently and will end on March 31.

Police Commissioner Michael Matthews told BVI News today that a total of 24 officers will benefit from the training.

He said the training will happen in two groups of 12.

Additionally, three groups of cops will undergo what Commissioner Matthews described as ‘firearms and command skills capacity building’.

Gun etiquette vital

The top cop said it is important for armed officers to carry and use firearms at the ‘highest professional standards’.

“This training is a key component to achieving that,” he noted.

The United Kingdom (UK), which recently donated £1.2 million (US$1.68 million) to the RVIPF, is facilitating the training.

The funds are being used to restore police facilities as well as to boost the Force’s overall operations, which include training local police.

Some of the funds are also being used to hire UK detectives to help solve the BVI’s 2017 murders.

The monies are to be spent by the end of March, which marks the end of the UK’s financial year.

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  1. Guest says:

    Why?? Them get embarrass when the over seas officers from Cayman came and knew how to hold and use guns? While BVI have their officers walking around with empty hand, but when IRMA happen expect them to stop looting and crimes?? etc.. IRMA highlighted the naïve idiot mentality that has been running this country for years….

  2. Nonsense says:


    It have a big festival field which can be used to have this kind of activity…..

    • Huh!!! says:

      Where the heck do you live, you don’t think the tourist know what police and firearms look like, unless they are traveling from under a rock they know they have nothing to fear.

  3. Great says:

    This is good to know training can never be too much.

  4. Glock Inc. says:

    Where us the training for Immigration and Customs officers?

  5. Hook 4 a hand says:

    He many millions spent to build the dock on, and stop tourist from visiting, Dead Chest island to build a shooting range?

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