By Davion Smith, BVI News Journalist
A new security plan is being implemented in the British Virgin Islands and part of that plan includes police drone surveillance.
Governor Augustus Jaspert said the drones are being purchased with a portion of the £1.2 million the United Kingdom donated to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in December.
The Governor said Police Commissioner Michael Matthews plans to use the drones to support RVIPF operations.
“He told me they hope within a few months to have drone surveillance available,” Governor Jaspert said at a media conference at Government House in Road Town Tuesday afternoon.
The Security Plan
Meanwhile, the governor said local law enforcement agencies met last week and developed a security plan that focuses on four main priority areas.
Their plan involves aggressively securing local borders against illicit entry of guns, people and narcotics, as well as visibly improving police presence and connectivity between all local law enforcement agencies.
The other two areas of the plan are to tactically reduce key criminal ties, and develop what the governor described as a ‘robust crime-prevention and reduction plan’ between law enforcement agencies.
“The plan is already in progress. With assistance from the United Kingdom, we have already increased the number of RVIPF firearms officers and introduced armed response vehicles. Extra homicide detectives are already in the territory and are already on cases,” Governor Jaspert said.
Government giving up to $5 million
Other initiatives of the Security Plan are to repair police infrastructure and resources, as well as expanding Customs and police marine capability, getting the roads lit across the territory, increasing CCTV surveillance, and equipping law enforcers with more taser guns and handheld radios.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said the government will be pumping up to $5 million from the Consolidated Fund into the Security Plan.
The plan is being implemented in response to the recent series of successive gun crimes on the island of Tortola.
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