As final touches to the floats and the costumes being made for next week’s grand 60th Festival finale, Acting Commissioner of Police Alwin James shared his hope that the greatest display will be in the qualities of courtesy, decency, pride and respect that are inherently part of the Virgin Islands culture.

In a message voiced on radio, James encouraged citizens and residents to demonstrate the warm, attractive attributes for which V.I. citizens and those who reside here are known.

“We are expecting many Virgin Islanders and former residents living aboard, as well as visitors to come to our shores increasing the number of people on island during this time more than at any other time during the year. It is important therefore that our inherent qualities of civility, courtesy, politeness and respect are displayed and demonstrated so that we leave the best impressions on our guests while, at the same, fully participating and enjoying all of the planned activities,” he said.

James noted that the RVIPF is prepared for this year’s festivities and has deployed the extra human resources necessary to support an incident-free celebration.

“Officers have been advised to be friendly, supportive and approachable, doing their utmost to assist members of the public. Officers are instructed however where necessary to arrest offenders for criminality or disorder to preserve the peace. Therefore, we are asking persons to refrain from disorderly conduct and to encourage those around you to do the same,” he said.

He explained that officers will conduct searches of persons suspected to be armed with offensive weapons of any kind in or around the village in order to ensure the safety of members of the public attending or participating in events during the 60th celebrations. The RVIPF has set up its Police Substation on the festival grounds. Persons can report any incidents or suspicious activities to the officers at the substation or officers patrolling the village.

Police are encouraging persons to do what is necessary to protect their valuables as thieves often lurk in dark parking lots where vehicles can provide the necessary cover. Smart phones, iPads and handbags left in view on the seat or floor are just the enticements needed. Persons are discouraged from leaving valuables in vehicles. Those who do, however, are to place these valuables out of view of would-be thieves. Vehicles should always be locked with windows closed since car parts such as batteries, speakers and license stickers are popular items for theft.

When not in use even for short periods, Police are also encouraging scooter and motorcycle owners to chain lock these vehicles to stationary objects since these items are also popular for thieves.

Acting Commissioner James ended his message by sharing his expectation for an incident-free 60th celebration and a wish.

“I conclude, on behalf of the officers and staff of Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, with a wish to all for an enjoyable, fun-filled Festival 2014,” he said