Met helps af­ter Irma

OF­FI­CERS FROM LON­DON FORCE HEAD TO BRI­TISH VIR­GIN IS­LANDS FOL­LOW­ING DEV­AS­TAT­ING HUR­RI­CANE

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LON­DON’S po­lice force has de­ployed 17 staff to the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands to as­sist with main­tain­ing gen­eral law and or­der af­ter Hur­ri­cane Irma ripped through the re­gion.

On Satur­day Septem­ber 9, the team – one in­spec­tor, two sergeants and 14 con­sta­bles – boarded a mil­i­tary flight from Brize Nor­ton to Bar­ba­dos.

From there, they will be de­ployed to pro­vide sup­port to the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands Po­lice Force.

Deputy As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Peter Terry of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said: “Our thoughts at this ter­ri­ble time are with all the fam­i­lies in the Caribbean who have lost loved ones or whose lives have been dec­i­mated by this disaster.

“The team, who have all vol­un­teered to as­sist at this tragic time will be pro­vid­ing sup­port to their col­leagues and will help to re­as­sure lo­cal peo­ple.

“Fol­low­ing a re­quest made through the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice for as­sis­tance with hu­man­i­tar­ian aid the Met im­me­di­ately re­sponded to as­sist the UK polic­ing re­sponse led by the Na­tional Po­lice Chief ’s Coun­cil.”

He con­tin­ued: “The of­fi­cers, who work in a va­ri­ety of roles across the Met, will be sworn in as Spe­cial Con­stab­u­lary which al­lows them to per­form and have the same le­gal pow­ers as their col­leagues.

“The of­fi­cers will be de­ployed un­der the man­age­ment of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands Po­lice, but the Met will re­main in con­stant con­tact with of­fi­cers to pro­vide them with 24 hour wel­fare sup­port should they need it.

“The ini­tial num­ber of of­fi­cers de­ployed and the length of their de­ploy­ment will be kept un­der re­view.

“I know that this will be an ar­du­ous and dif­fi­cult de­ploy­ment for our of­fi­cers and am proud that so many of­fi­cers have of­fered their as­sis­tance so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally – this speaks vol­umes for the ded­i­ca­tion of those work­ing in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice and across the coun­try.”

PHO­TOS: CPL TI­MOTHY JONES/MOD/CROWN COPY­RIGHT/PA WIRE

Scenes of de­struc­tion in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands af­ter hur­ri­cane Irma. The Met Po­lice have sent of­fi­cers to help with the re­lief op­er­a­tion

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