Press Release
4 June 2018 - 4:50pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands continues to fight crime and its causes and is fostering joint partnerships with local and international authorities to strengthen and improve the Territory’s border protection.

To this end, Her Majesty’s Customs Marine Unit has established partnerships locally with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and internationally with US federal agencies including the US Customs and Border Protection, and the US Coast Guard to combat transnational crime.

The joint operations are organised in an effort to combat criminals who use BVI waters for activities such as the smuggling and trafficking of humans, drugs and weapons.

Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Wade Smith said that joint operations are necessary in combating national and transnational crimes and for securing the Territory’s borders. He said proper marine access is essential in successfully doing so.

The Commissioner thanked the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE for ensuring that the Customs department is equipped with marine assets that allows for full engagement in joint operations with its international counterparts in the fight against crime.

Commissioner Smith said, “To have the necessary assets to work alongside our international colleagues and enable our marine presence has truly proven invaluable in the protection of our borders.”

He added, “Joint operations with our local and international counterparts in the USVI are a regular part of our marine-based operations and they continue to prove successful in combating illegal activity.” 

Her Majesty’s Customs Department continues to foster effective cooperative working relationships for engagement in joint operations to combat transnational crimes.

Photos attached:

  1. Officer from US Customs and Border Patrol along with officers of HM Customs and Commissioner of Customs, Wade Smith. These officers were engaged in a joint operation against transnational crime on Friday, June 1. (Photo credit/HM Customs)
  2. HM Customs Marine Unit’s boats that are used in combating illegal activities in the Territory’s waters. (Photo credit/HM Customs)
  3. Commissioner of Customs, Wade Smith pictured along with Ag. Deputy Commissioner of Customs Clinton Romney, HM Customs officer and members of the US Coast Guard, after a high-level  law enforcement meeting on Friday, June 1. (Photo credit/HM Customs)

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Desiree Smith

Chief Information Officer
Department of Information and Public Relations
General Line: 1-284-468-2730
Direct Line: 1-284-468-2738
Fax:  1-284-494-6877
E-mail: desmith@gov.vg

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