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Don’t be alarmed to see increased presence of armed officers

Commissioner Michael Matthews

As investigations continue into the murder of 38-year-old Long Trench resident Deverson Williams, residents are being told to expect an increase in police presence in the territory.

Police Commissioner gave that indication in a radio interview on ZBVI.

He said: “The public can expect to see continued increases of armed officers on the street. Now that is not to alarm the public but is about giving the reassurance that we are out and about and we are ready and capable of taking on that small minority that chooses to use illegal weapons and commit crimes in this territory.”

The top cop also said the police are now following several leads and are getting assistance from CCTV cameras.

He said his officers have already engaged with all of the local businesses in the area and have been locating “any possible cameras that might have captured anything either before, during or after the incident”.

Two persons have already been arrested in connection to Williams’ murder but charges are yet to be laid.

Police reports say Williams was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining several gunshot wounds while travelling through Fish Bay around 3:45 pm on the day in question.

His vehicle and others nearby also sustained damage. So too was the International Motors building, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force said.

Police have also seized a live weapon, the commissioner said.

Residents want heightened police presence following daylight murder

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  1. DO YOUR JOB says:

    Reactive instead of proactive as usual.

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  2. Hmm says:

    Right now… I think people will take POLICE PRESENCE PERIOD! #LONGOVERDUE

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  3. Esteemed says:

    the police were a bit trigger happy when they were first issued with tasers – I hope that the guns are not being issued to the officers that the CoP said were ‘difficult to manage’ when he spoke earlier this year!

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  4. The Truth says:

    That’s what we’ve been asking for sir. And after 6pm too.

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  5. Teacher says:

    Thats not the answer

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  6. Alarmed? says:

    We welcome the sight.

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  7. ooohhh booiii says:

    We have been calling /asking for this for years BUT because of BRITISH bureaucracy “NO we are NOT arming local police In the BVI THIS IS CALLED ” closing the gate after the horse has bolted ”

    Lets hope these officers will be trained in Temper Management as they are trained to carry fire arms.

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  8. Resident says:

    Too little too late

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  9. Qualify them says:

    I used to boast to people from the states that we live in a country where the police don’t carry guns… Sadly that time seems to be over as the narco-economy extends its reach.

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  10. SMH says:

    Arming ignorant, disrespectful, rude, arrogant and lawless Officers is not gping to deter Crimes but add to the fear and intimidation of law abiding individuals that these individuals have personal indifferences with. Pray that it’s the highly trained and reputable Officers are mandated to carry firearms.

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  11. Look trouble says:

    Fearful that the innocent law abiding citizens will get shot by the cops while the criminals will be allowed to carry on their business as usual

  12. @ looking trouble says:

    people should be fearful of renting a ride in case it was used a drug dealer because if they are on a hit list and they don’t know that the person already switcH that ride and start spraying whether you involved or not you can be killed innocently

  13. La mafia says:

    Mas polocias armados. (Mas narcos) esa es la realidad que inocente son las personas

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