Some 34 Customs and Immigration Officers have been sworn in as auxiliary officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), creating a joint task force between the three law enforcement entities.
An RVIPF-commissioned media release indicated that the deployment, which was done on Friday, April 17, will be temporary.
“This new joint task force was developed to maintain the security and integrity of our borders within the territory, and to provide effective enforcement of curfew requirements whilst giving visible reassurance to our communities,” the release said.
Commissioner of Police, Michael Matthews, said the threat brought on by the Novel Coronavirus Disease meant soliciting all available human resources including assistance from private citizens to increase the RVIPF’s capacity and capability.
“I am exceptionally grateful to my colleagues and their staff for the provision of this assistance in boosting our response at this challenging time for all of us,” the commissioner said.
In the meantime, the RVIPF further said in the release that the safety of residents of the territory is ‘paramount’ and in the weeks ahead, the curfew will be ‘strictly enforced’.
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