Premier's Office
Release Date:
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 4:16pm

Good afternoon members of the Press. I would like to update you on two matters:

First being that last night, I attended a reception in Puerto Rico for the Puerto Ricans who did so much to help us.

There were about 30 people in attendance, some of whose homes were damaged after Hurricane Maria. They mobilised support from hundreds in Puerto Rico. They brought 12 fully stocked containers with food, water and building materials. This was 12 out of 24 containers of donated goods.

Secondly, I was informed about another death today, and I am deeply disturbed. I would like to say to the young men involved that what is happening is not helping them nor is it helping their country.

If this continues, it can only destroy their future and that of our brothers and sisters.

I, once again, call on the community to do the right thing and assist the law enforcement officers in protecting our way of life.

The senseless nature of these acts of violence that appear to be continuing is an outrage.

I offer heartfelt condolences to the family of another victim that resulted from gun violence last night. It further reinforces to me that any and all efforts that will be made towards improved security in this Territory is worth all the resources that can be allocated to it.

The BVI has historically been a very peaceful and tranquil place for residents and visitors alike. In a joint press conference yesterday, the Governor and I indicated that Government will not cease until we have attained a measure of security that can afford us all some peace of mind.

I am beseeching the public to be a part of the important discourse that will help to shape improved law enforcement capacity. As I said before, we must all take responsibility for our own security and prosperity.

I call on all of us to be a part of the important discourse that will help to shape and improve law our enforcement capacity.  We all must have ZERO tolerance for crime.


Bria Smith

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
Telephone: 468-2747