Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Saturday, 9 May 2020 - 1:55pm

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has commended Border Protection and Law Enforcement agencies for their efforts to ensure the safety of the Territory’s borders and safety on land.

Premier Fahie said, “I need all of us to understand that there is zero tolerance for nefarious and illegal behaviors in our waters. I know that you understand this, and you will all do your part to keep the BVI safe.”

The Premier added that the few incidents reported were because of the efforts of the law enforcement agencies and a compliant community.

“Our good behavior around our borders and on land coupled with the fine work of our joint border control authorities namely members of the Customs, Immigration and Police teams have showed that together we will always achieve more,” the Premier said.

He added, “I want to encourage our people in this Territory to continue to work hard, continue to live in unity, and continue to show BVILOVE to your neighbours and have zero tolerance for crime.

The Premier further congratulated residents on their conduct as the Territory responds to COVID-19.

 He said, “We have all read the stories of other countries and territories where crime has escalated during this COVID-19 era, especially during the curfew periods, to the levels where military assistance was requested on land and for the borders because it was needed in those areas.”

Last month the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands approved a temporary redeployment of Immigration and Customs Officers to join the Joint Task Force Royal Virgin Islands Police Force for the COVID-19 era.


  • Photo:1:1- Photograph of the Joint Task Force, which comprise of officers from Her Majesty’s Customs, Immigration Department and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.  
  • Photo:1:2- Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie during the May 8 COVID-19 update.


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740