The government has entered into a $125,000 agreement with a British company to provide special training to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).
This is according to a recent post-Cabinet document which said the RVIPF will be receiving “ARV training”. The acronym ‘ARV’ typically means Armed Response Vehicle in security jargon.
The company contracted to provide this training is Axiom International. It offers capacity-building programmes in areas such as national security.
During its March 31 meeting, Cabinet ratified the waiver of the tender process for the government’s contractual arrangement with Axiom.
Meanwhile, the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office has committed to co-funding the initiative.
Therefore, the BVI government will only be required to spend $71,000 for the training.
News of the training comes at a time when the BVI has experienced a seeming increase in serious crime; with the RVIPF currently investigating six homicides that happened since the start of the year.
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