Governor John Rankin said nearly two tonnes of cocaine have been seized in the BVI up to the end of October this year.
“We’ve had this year — to the end of October — 1.6 tonnes of cocaine seized by the police. We’ve also had increased capture of guns and those captures help to tackle crime and increase safety for the community, but there is more to be done,” Rankin said in a recent interview.
Meanwhile, the governor also pointed out that the United Kingdom government has contributed some $2 million towards police training, body cams and improving facilities for police in the territory to operate.
He suggested that this has led directly to some of the successes achieved in recent months by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).
As residents and officials continue to express concerns over the state of security in the territory, the governor acknowledged that events in recent months have been concerning for everybody in the territory.
“We don’t want the BVI to go the way that some other places frankly have gone in terms of breakdowns in this area,” Rankin said. “We want to tackle these issues, grip these issues, and have the right structures in place for the future. So it’s immediate action now in terms of my support for the police.”
The Governor added that there needs to be a wider look at the way law enforcement agencies work together to ensure greater effectiveness for the future.
A report for an ongoing law enforcement review is expected to be completed by March next year and the governor expressed hope that it would be comprehensive.
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley previously commented that, while challenges are being experienced and there is a difficult job ahead for the government, given the improvements to be made in certain areas, the territory continues to be a great place to live and work.
The Premier stated firmly at the time that his government would continue to do the best job possible for the people.
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