The United Kingdom has donated two armed response vehicles to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).
The vehicles are specially equipped for the territory’s terrain and are primarily for transporting the newly-trained and enhanced Armed Response Unit.
Governor Augustus Jaspert officially handed over the vehicles on April 26.
The Governor said he was happy to present the gift, which represented a partnership between Britain and the BVI.
“These armed response vehicles are just part of the security plan that we have in the territory,” he said.
Governor Jaspert also praised local police, whom he said deserved the utmost respect.
“They do a most important job which is keeping us safe [and] it’s absolutely right that they are supported with the most effective training, the most effective equipment, and the back-up of all of the territory.”
The vehicles were donated under a UK-funded project which provided specialist armed response and command training. The project will also provide support for homicide detection, workforce planning, and funds to repair the Road Town and West End police stations.
Additionally, the project will provide funding for a law enforcement firearms response simulator, which will be used to enable officers to hone their skills in responding to incidents.
More funds coming
A media release from government said the UK is in the process of making additional funds available to the police force.
The funds will be directed towards providing further specialist training so the RVIPF can increase its armed capability to a total of 36 officers.