Members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are scheduled to weigh in on the topic of ‘decriminalising marijuana for medicinal use’ in a debate on Thursday.
This debate by the RVIPF is being done as part of the 2019 Police Week.
Deputy Police Commissioner Alwin James told BVI News on Tuesday that law enforcers will be going up against St George’s Secondary School’s debate team.
“We are always looking for an avenue where we can engage members of the community and the youths. It is a topic that is quite relevant, and there are considerations at the moment on how does the BVI decriminalise marijuana. So we want to hear the views of the youths and some of our own members of our own organisation,” James said.
The event is slated for 7 pm at the Road Town Police Station.
Police week, which is being held under the theme ‘Resilient Territory, Resilient People and Resilient RVIPF’ officially started on Sunday with a service at the St George’s Anglican Church.
Deputy Commissioner James said while the week started on February 24 and is slated to end on March 2, some activities will be held outside of the designated week because of the general election.
A bingo and raffle night on Friday and a talent show on Sunday are some of the fundraising initiatives planned. Among the items being raffled are a 55-inch flat screen television and a cash prize.
The deputy police commissioner explained that without a budget allocation, the roughly $15,000 needed to host the week has to be raised by the police.
“We have to put on fundraising activities to pay for expenses for the week,” he said.
Aside from fundraisers, deserving police officers will be honoured by the Police Welfare Association through a recognition dinner on Saturday.
“It is to recognise the good work that persons have done by going beyond the call of duty and in a number of different categories,” James said.
On March 5, the newly remodelled police canteen will be re-opened. During the reopening ceremony, proceeds from a walk-a-thon held last Saturday for the BVI Autism Centre and a food drive for the Family Support Network will be presented to the beneficiaries.
The activities will culminate on March 10 with a grand beach picnic at Long Bay, Beef Island, James said.
The RVIPF is celebrating 53 years of existence and the week has been held for more than two decades.
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