Police Commissioner Mark Collins said the police have seized 75 firearms and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition since the start of the year.
Commissioner Collins made the revelation while speaking about the success of local crime fighters at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Motivational Luncheon last week.
“Each one of those rounds of ammunition, each one of those bullets is a life that we’ve potentially saved. So I commend the hard work and everything that we do. In 2021, 11 persons were charged with murder and put before the court — unprecedented. Tonnes and tonnes of cocaine recovered,” Commissioner Collins said.
He added that the seizure of drugs and guns were done in collaboration with police teams in the United Kingdom and the United States,
Though fewer than five murders have been recorded in the BVI since the start of 2022, guns are of serious concern because they have been used in many homicides in recent years.
The BVI is regarded as one of the safest when compared to its Caribbean neighbours but violent crimes have a huge negative impact on residents partly because of the territory’s size and familiarity among many residents in the community.