The officers represented the five branches of security and protection forces in the Territory: the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Her Majesty’s Customs, the Immigration Department, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, and the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service.
Then-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert said he was proud to have initiated the award for those security and protection officers that help the Virgin Islands maintain its status as a safe and enjoyable place to live. Mr. Jaspert added that while he is grateful for all the members of security and protection forces who have risen to the challenges presented by 2020, it is important to recognise those who went beyond the call of duty. “I hope that this award becomes something that inspires officers across our agencies to keep doing their best to keep our public safe,” he said.
Acting Governor David D. Archer, Jr. remarked on his appreciation for Mr. Jaspert’s desire to recognise excellence and bravery in the line of duty; and for the men and women who were honoured. “I extend my deepest thanks to these ten officers for all the work that they have done and continue to do,” Mr. Archer, Jr. said.
The Acting Governor went on to thank the leaders among the security and protection forces for their commitment to developing and encouraging the careers of promising young officers as well as the more senior officers.
It is intended that the Governor’s Medal for Meritorious Service will continue to be awarded annually.
Recipients of His Excellency the Governor’s Medal for Meritorious Service:
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Inspector Vernon Larocque
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Inspector Gilbert Charles
Her Majesty’s Customs, Mr. Osbert Pole, Senior Customs Officer
Her Majesty’s Customs, Mr. Mark Morris, Customs Officer II
Immigration Department, Ms. Juliette Christopher, Immigration Officer II
Immigration Department, Mr. Trevor Chalwell Immigration Officer II
Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Principal Officer Sonia Musgrave
Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Mr. Kesena Okoro, Prison Officer II
BVI Fire and Rescue Service, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Mr. William Penn
BVI Fire and Rescue Service, Mr. Melvin Jeffers, Station Officer
CAPTION: Recipients of His Excellency the Governor’s Medal for Meritorious Service gathered with their nominating officers and other Government officials for a recognition ceremony at Old Government House Museum.
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