After the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean in 2017 two of just five of the British Virgin Islands’ libraries were forced to close. Jost Van Dyke Community Library was completely destroyed, as was the island’s Bookmobile. Virgin Gorda Community Library was also damaged and lost part of its collection.
In response to the hurricanes, supporters have helped to send thousands of brand new books to the Caribbean, including the British Virgin Islands where they are being used to replenish their community libraries but also support other institutions on the island, including its police force!
Chief Librarian Ms. Suzanne Greenaway tells us more:
“Three out of our five libraries are functioning after the hurricanes of 2017 and the books are placing new current materials on their shelves. These books are extremely important as our book budget has been cut.
We also loan some of the medical and higher education books to community colleges and other institutions.
The instructors in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are presently benefitting from the books on policing and law.
These books have positively impacted my life and the practical application of my role as a police officer and instructor at the training academy.
Also, a police training course for new recruits started last year and the books were made available to the officers for use in the classroom and for research purposes:
“I have twelve years of service in the RVIPF. These books have positively impacted my life and the practical application of my role as a police officer and instructor at the training academy. Without these books, staff and students would have been deprived of the perspective of the knowledge, principals and practical applications they contain.”
– Sergeant Oneal Bakker, Police Officer and Instructor at Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Training Academy (VILETA).
“I am a serving officer for 26 years and am currently the Training Officer for the RVIPF. I primarily utilised the books for research and assisting in the compilation of training material for delivery during the force’s in-service training. The books were quite helpful in developing teaching modules and increased my knowledge. Without the books it would have been very challenging to source material of such good quality. With these books available, the standard of training was enhanced.”
– Inspector Selwyn Rock, Police Officer.
The materials will be used again and again because when this cohort of new recruits graduate, a new course will commence.”