As reports of mould continue to fester within the public service, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has spent close to $100,000 to eliminate the problem in their department.
“We just had to expend $84,000 to remove mould from Road Town Police Station,” Police Commissioner Michael Matthews reported.
He disclosed the figure while noting that he was still reeling from the spend.
“Mould, I know, is a problem in a lot of the buildings here in the territory but we were starting to see steadily increasing sickness levels as a result of people working in those conditions in that environment and I suspect the hurricanes and all the rains that came has exacerbated that problem.”
The RVIPF is not the only local law enforcement agency whose workers have been stunned by mould infestation.
Just months ago, former Acting Chief Immigration Officer Geraldine Ritter Freeman reported that a number of her workers at the time had stopped showing up for work because of mould.
There have also been reports from other departments in the public service but it is not clear whether government has even begun to address the issue.
The remedial works to police facilities so far were done independently of government and through funding from the United Kingdom.