Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have recovered 11,000 kilograms of cocaine over the past 12 months.
This is according to Commissioner of Police, Mark Collins, who appeared before the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) comprised of legislators in the House of Assembly (HOA) recently.
Collins told the SFC that this was in addition to the seizure of 68 firearms and a little more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.
In the meantime, the top cop told the SFC one of two persons arrested for murder by police earlier this year was connected to 36 of those firearms.
Lawmakers were also told that the RVIPF’s Major Crime team has dealt with six homicides in 2022, with one of those matters being successfully concluded.
Commenting on other areas of crime, Collins explained that crime in the territory has slightly increased in the areas of sexual offenses, domestic violence and drug related matters but it has decreased for burglaries robberies and serious offences.
According to Collins, domestic violence is significantly the most reported crime in the BVI.
The commissioner further explained to lawmakers that a domestic violence forum has been established with a partner agency to manage the response to this challenge.