Hurricane Irma: UK police officers sent to British Virgin Islands to help Caribbean storm aid effort

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British police officers are being sent to the British Virgin Islands to help with the recovery effort after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council announced UK officers from 14 different forces across the country will join military personnel already in the Caribbean to help with the relief effort.

Two officers flew out on Friday and another 53 policemen and women will fly out from RAF Brize Norton soon.

It comes after the Government was criticised for its response to the disaster, sparking a £32 million aid package spearheaded by the military.

The officers will work with the local police force to maintain law and order, as well as helping to find missing people including British nationals, the NPCC explained.

The organisation’s lead for international policing, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: “We received offers of support from officers across the country as soon as this crisis began.

“These officers, and the many others who volunteered, signify our commitment to help those in need and humanitarian instinct of the British police force, no matter where in the world.”

More than 200 Royal Marines, along with engineers, specialists, medical supplies, and aid, including emergency shelter kits, rations and clean water, have been flown out to the region.

RFA Mounts Bay’s crew is also providing support to the British Virgin Islands, conducting reconnaissance flights and delivering supplies and aid, while HMS Ocean is due to take equipment and aid supplies from Gibraltar to the Caribbean on Monday.


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