The British Virgin Islands has enlisted the assistance of UK detectives as it battles against a spate of serious crimes.
There have been several recent murders in the BVI believed to be linked to the drugs trade.
In welcoming the UK support, Premier Andrew Fahie said, “I told the commissioner if we have to get help from different parts of the world, let us bring the help. We have to let persons know that crime will not be tolerated in the Virgin Islands.”
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews reported that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is also “exploring specialist capabilities to infiltrate the drug trade”. He said he was confident that intensified efforts would “quell the unease and bring, at least, a short-term end to the violence and the drug trade.”
Governor John Rankin appealed to residents to assist the police with their investigations. “The support of the community is required, and I encourage anyone who has information on those involved in drugs trafficking, illegal firearms and organised crime to bring it to the attention of the authorities.”
He said, “The deaths we have witnessed over recent months have deep repercussions for everyone in the community.
The Governor also urged the territory’s youth not to become entangled in criminality.
“The young people are the future of these Islands, and we must protect them from those who seek to exploit them.”