Yesterday, December 2, 2020, a new police boat funded by the Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government was launched at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Marine Shore Base at Road Reef.
The boat, powered by three (3) 400 horsepower outboard engines, is named ‘Midnight Justice’.
Among these at the launching were Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr and Acting Commissioner Alwin James.
Premier Fahie said: “As your government, we are very serious about law enforcement, we continue to show that with our investment in law enforcement whether it be into the police, whether it be into customs, whether it be into immigration because we know that security is very important.”
Governor Jaspert, who is responsible for border protection, thanked everyone for playing a part in acquiring the new boat.
“It is absolutely that we are all here today to build on our success, to enhance the assets that our territory has to protect all of us, to reinforce the importance that we place and I am grateful to all who have made this moment a success.”
Acting Commissioner of Police Mr Alwin James expressed happiness that Government has embraced the vision to invest in the Police Marine Branch, putting it on solid footing to be able to meet the challenges of patrolling territorial waters -- that extend from Anegada to Jost van Dyke.
“Within that vision is the need to be able to respond to the emergency needs of our many visitors in this tourist season who will be on the same waters with the borders now reopening.”
Commending Premier Fahie, Mr James said, “That vision was embraced by the Premier’s Office through the Department of Finance, who approved the finances to purchase ‘Midnight Justice’. Even after approving the initial sum to purchase the boat, additional funds were required to outfit it with equipment that would enhance the effectiveness of its operations and the Premier again demonstrated his commitment to border security.”
Mr James added that the new vessel is capable of intercepting high-powered vessels on the sea.
“This is obviously necessary when those responsible for illegal smuggling, whatever the commodity is, are equipping themselves to out-race law enforcement,” Mr James said.
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