Po­lice de­liver aid to vic­tims of hur­ri­cane

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations -

PO­LICE of­fi­cers from Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary have spent a month in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands (BVI), pro­vid­ing re­lief sup­port af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

In­spec­tor Phil Hutchin­son of Lan­cashire Po­lice led a team of 50 UK of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing four from Lan­cashire.

De­part­ing on Oc­to­ber 24, they spent a month pro­vid­ing vol­un­tary sup­port in what­ever way pos­si­ble to help the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing their time in the Caribbean, they’ve pro­vided ex­tra re­source to the lo­cal po­lice, sup­port­ing with all forms of polic­ing.

They’ve also of­fered much­needed sup­port to the lo­cal com­mu­nity who are try­ing to re­build their lives fol­low­ing Irma.

Amongst their ef­forts, they’ve helped to re­build a school and con­structed six new class­rooms; de­liv­ered aid pack­ages; do­nated blood to help those in hos­pi­tal; re­built a home for a vul­ner­a­ble mem­ber of the com­mu­nity; and pro­vided hands-on train­ing to Vir­gin Is­land of­fi­cers whose train­ing is very sparse and ad-hoc.

Insp Phil Hutchin­son of Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary said: “I feel im­mensely proud to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to po­lice the BVI.

“They are some of the nicest peo­ple I have ever met and they are so thank­ful to the UK po­lice of­fi­cers who have helped them to re­build their lives.

“It’s been emo­tional to see the dev­as­ta­tion that the hur­ri­cane has caused with our own eyes, but that’s what has made the ex­pe­ri­ence even more re­ward­ing.

“Although our ef­forts were small in com­par­i­son to the scale of the dam­age, it’s clear that we’ve made a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.

“It’s been a life-chang­ing de­ploy­ment in so many ways and an ex­pe­ri­ence we will never for­get.”

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