The National Security Council (NSC) has assured the public that it will be utilising every available tool at its disposal to curb the current trend of escalating crime in the territory.

The assurance follows an emergency meeting held on Monday, October 9, in the aftermath of the Elmore Stoutt High School incident and the shooting of a prison bus that resulted in one female officer suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

“The members of the NSC are keenly aware of the concerns in the community over both events and are determined to support the RVIPF in its work,” the NSC said in a statement.

To reflect its commitment to a zero-tolerance policy on crime, the NSC revealed that several measures were decided as a result of the two incidents.

“Following the concerns of the NSC, the Police Commissioner has ordered increased patrols. Additionally, [the] NSC has requested a review of security at the ESHS to be carried out between the RVIPF and the Ministry of Education,” the statement added.

The NSC also encouraged residents to assist the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) where possible by calling in with tips at Crime Stoppers and the confidential and untraceable hotline 800-8477[TIPS], and 368-9339.

The NSC comprises the Governor, as Chairman and members, including the Premier, the Minister for Communication and Works, the Attorney General (ex-officio) and the Commissioner of Police (ex-officio).