BVI turn to ex UK police officers

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, July 30, 2008 – Premier Ralph O’Neal has announced that  his government is moving ahead with its plans to recruit seven former United Kingdom officers to help fight crime in the British Virigin Islands.

He said that Commissioner of Police Reynell Frazer has gone to the UK to conduct interviews for the recruitment and once the officers have been chosen, they will “undertake a range of training and mentoring initiatives to share their experience and skills with the force”.

According to the Premier, the officers will be deployed specifically to develop techniques to improve investigation and intelligence gathering, including areas such as crime scene management and covert policing techniques.

He said the recruited officers will assist in the investigation of “outstanding murders and provide specialist advice as we seek to tackle areas of other serious crime such as armed robberies and burglaries”.

In addressing the concerns about rising crime, Premier O’Neal said that government is reinforcing its zero tolerance policy for violent crime.

But he acknowledged that a multi-sectoral approach is needed and called for the involvement of service organisations, members of the clergy and the engaging of young people in positive activity to reduce their susceptibility to criminal elements.