Two Hertfordshire police officers arrived in the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday morning (September 12) along with 16 other officers from the Eastern Region* to offer support following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
The Police Sergeant based in Watford, and the Police Constable based in Hemel Hempstead, took off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Saturday morning and arrived earlier today after a stopover in Barbados. They were also joined by one officer from Bedfordshire Police and two Cambridgeshire Constabulary officers.
The officers are to be sworn in as Special Constables by the local magistrate, granting them policing powers on the Islands.
As well as supporting local police in helping maintain law and order, the officers will assist the military and humanitarian efforts to help those affected after 130mph winds ripped through the Caribbean.
So far, approximately 50 police officers from the UK have been posted to the Caribbean to help people in need following the wake of the most ferocious storm to hit the Atlantic in the last 10 years.
Their stay will last for a minimum of two weeks.
*The Eastern Region consists of Hertfordshire Constabulary, Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Norfolk Constabulary, Suffolk Constabulary and Essex Police.
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