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Emancipation Festival events were 'largely incident-free' - RVIPF

Emancipation Festival events were 'largely incident-free' - RVIPF

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is reporting a largely incident-free August Festival as it relates to events specific to the celebration.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, according to an RVIPF press release on August 9, 2022, said police coverage to all of the planned events was effective and consistent.

It said while there were minor scuffles, officers quickly separated persons with the help of citizens attending the Rise and Shine Tramps and the Road Town Village events. This is despite the last-minute changes to the schedule of events.

Last-minute changes need to be communicated- RVIPF


“The Operation Order is based on the August Festival schedule which is discussed in advance with the Festival and Fairs Committee. Officers are assigned to provide security coverage at these specific events. However, last-minute events and adjustments in the scheduled timetable that are not communicated in advance are not given the proper security and can put attendees at risk.

“This is our national celebration, and after three years of waiting, we were happy to provide security coverage to the planned events. However, it is difficult to do so if there are too many last-minute events and no consultation with the RVIPF,” The Acting Deputy noted.


Acting Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, seen here at one of the festival events, said police coverage to all of the planned events was effective and consistent.


East End Jouvert on August 3, 2022.


A strong police presence at East End Jouvert on August 3, 2022.

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