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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