RVIPF Efforts Reducing Crime Rate

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October 09, 2018 8:19 am AST
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Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Michael Matthews believes that the growing confidence that the public has in the force is resulting in a decrease in the crime rate.

According to the Commissioner, “Over 98 percent of the law abiding public of the British Virgin Islands think you [the police] do a fantastic job and are grateful for you being there.”

He said, “The record shows...we continue to see a decline in reported crime in the Territory, particularly a decline of violence in the Territory…as we see our active number growing."

The Commissioner is of the view that criminal elements in society have met their match in the RVIPF, and the force has “done our best in circumstances way beyond anybody.”

This view is shared by Premier, the Honourable, Dr. D. Orlando Smith, who noted that, “There has been a significant decrease in murder rates as a result of police officers being netter trained to detect criminal activities.”

The Premier related that last year saw “A reduction in crime rate by 8 percent and there continues to be a reduction of 8 percent as of August of this year.”
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