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11 September 2017, 14:17
10 of the 53 UK police officers sent to help the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Police Force are from East of England forces.
5 officers from the Herts, Beds & Cambs policing unit and 5 from Thames Valley Police have been sent out with 43 other officers from around the country to help maintain law & order after Irma, which has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, tore through BVI last week.
The officers will be embedded directly with the military HQ and support the local force maintain law, order and policing services. They can also assist in locating missing persons, including British nationals, liaising with UK authorities and assisting with family liaison.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for International Policing, Chief Constable Andy Marsh said:
"Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrific disaster. Through NPoCC we are mobilising police officers who have the experience and expertise to assist complex crisis operations. 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.
This is a fast-moving operation. We are working around the clock to get British police support to where it is needed most."