Members of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force as well as local personnel forming part of a Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) delegation have been deployed to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Barbuda following the passage of Hurricane Irma.
At a press conference Monday September 11 2017, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the police officers were sent to assist in the upkeep of law and order in these islands.
He said prisoners escaped in the BVI following the category 5 hurricane and described it as a “security threat” meanwhile those sent to Barbuda will be there to “avoid people coming in and taking advantage of the situation”.
The prime minister said proper security needs to be ensured adding, “We’re prepared to provide additional human resources to these islands based on their request.”
Meanwhile the prime minister said he is also looking to request assistance from persons who have acquired Dominican citizenship through the Citizenship by Investment Program, who are financially well off, to assist with a fund geared at assisting Dominicans in these affected areas.
“We can use that fund to assist them,” he said.