Press Release

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The Courts
Release Date:
Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 4:07pm

Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit, LL.M. made a presentation on the BVI’s Criminal Justice System at a leadership meeting with officials from Her Majesty’s Customs and the United States Virgin Islands’ Department of Justice.

The Federal Law Enforcement Leadership meeting was held on February 18 at the Ron De Lugo Federal Building in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to restore the relationship between Federal Law Enforcement stationed in the USVI and the Virgin Islands which became inactive following the 2017 hurricanes.

Mrs. Scatliffe-Esprit presented to the group and explained the differences between the two systems, highlighted concerns and priorities of the BVI Law Enforcement Agencies and suggested ways that both jurisdictions could work together in the investigation of cross jurisdictional crimes, including border control, human trafficking, drug trafficking and money laundering and other matters of mutual concern. 

US Attorney for the United States Virgin Islands, Ms. Gretchen C.F. Shappert thanked Mrs. Scatliffe-Esprit for her presentation and expressed her desire for the two offices to work together on issues of mutual concern as they did prior to the weather events of 2017.  

The meeting concluded with efforts to organise a larger meeting with all the Law Enforcement Agencies of both jurisdictions later this year.

Photo Included:

Caption 1: L-R – Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit; Acting Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Leslie Lettsome; US Attorney of the Virgin Islands Ms. Gretchen C.F. Shappert; Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Greg Romney following the Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Meeting


Temulji Hughes

Communications Officer
Deputy Governor's Office
Government of the Virgin Islands
Road Town,Tortola VG1110, Virgin Islands
Direct Line:  284 468 2350