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3 yrs on & hundreds of thousands $$ spent: Police corruption probe nets zero results!

- United Kingdom retired police officers in the VI for years to execute ‘Operation Lucan’ within the RVIPF but has nothing to show for the hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payers money
It was in 2014 that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) announced that it was beginning to investigate itself on the issue of police corruption, what they called ‘Operation Lucan’. So on tax payers money a Caucasian Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines was announced as the man to lead the investigation. Photo: File
The whole process of Operation Lucan had started off wrong with former controversial Police Commissioner David Morris being the man whom the investigation team reported to. Morris was later forced off the investigative team after civil society and the media questioned the move. Photo: VINO/File
The whole process of Operation Lucan had started off wrong with former controversial Police Commissioner David Morris being the man whom the investigation team reported to. Morris was later forced off the investigative team after civil society and the media questioned the move. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There seems to be double standards in the Virgin Islands on the issue of corruption where only locals, belongers and the Caribbean brothers and sisters are often accused of such wrong doing, however, others are never labeled with the same tag while allegedly doing much of the same.

What is Operation Lucan?

It was in 2014 that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) announced that it was beginning to investigate itself on the issue of police corruption, what they called ‘Operation Lucan’. The first decision taken was they could not find any local retired police officers here or anywhere in the Caribbean to conduct the investigation, which many saw as downright racist.

So on tax payers money a Caucasian Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines was announced as the man to lead the investigation.

The whole process started off wrong with former controversial Police Commissioner David Morris being the man whom the investigation team reported to.

Most police officers, civil society and the media were outraged knowing Morris’ track record and his open conflict with his fellow police officers, including many of them taking him to court over reported violation of their rights.

Bad start to investigation

After much pressure, Mr Morris was forced off the investigative team where no one was required to report to him. Besides the Cayman Islands Police Chief, by 2015 there were up to ten United Kingdom police officers on the investigative team, many of whom had retired, but still raking in thousands of dollars via their new Virgin Islands pouch assignment. They got housing allowances, rental cars and cellular phones, all off the public purse, with not one black officer from the UK or locally a part of the team.

Hundreds of thousands spent with zero results

However, two plus years later after in 2015 alone a whopping three hundred and eighty five thousand dollars ($ 385,000.00) was spent, not one arrest of a police officer has been made over corruption charges, while the UK retired officers drive around in top of the line rental vehicles, live in the best areas, and receive lucrative salaries, in many cases doing better than the rank and file of the Police Force.

Many critics have labeled this as corruption, however, they have not provided any evidence to corroborate why and how this is so.

When the probe started in 2014 five police officers from the RVIPF were sent on leave and had to return their badges. Weeks later, two were returned to the Force with no charges against them, with three now still on leave.

In November of last year, many of the retired police officers returned home to the United Kingdom and the investigation team is down to two police officers who report to the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Wayne Rajbanse.

It is reported that they are even supervising a court case and there are issues of accountability, transparency and conflict of interest in an ongoing court case involving a person whose money was taking from him by the crown, but there are conflicts over the amount.

It remains unclear after almost three years plus, with hundreds of thousands spent, when will ‘Operation Lucan’ conclude and when will tax payers realise the benefits of the investigation or who will be accountable for the amount spent on the probe.

According to Police Information Officer Diane Drayton, the matter with Operation Lucan is with the DPP’s Office so the RVIPF is unable to comment.

“I am afraid the Governor won’t comment on an ongoing investigation,” Policy Officer in the Governor’s Office, Maria Mays told Virgin Islands News Online.

34 Responses to “3 yrs on & hundreds of thousands $$ spent: Police corruption probe nets zero results!”

  • Eye of an eagle (10/02/2016, 13:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    hmmm.
  • pat (10/02/2016, 13:55) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    well sah thank god for VINO this is the only way we will find out about the wickedness in this place
  • Just thinking (10/02/2016, 14:00) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    very good piece shows the only one suffrering is poor people as the rich and whites having a field day out of the treasury
    • wize up (10/02/2016, 15:21) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ just thinking: it will get NO better under NDP: this territory is fast becoming the playground for the so called rich white folks
  • dog (10/02/2016, 14:12) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    so while our people are on half salary the UK dudes have a vacation on my hard earn money...this is just not right mehson
  • GRANNY (10/02/2016, 14:23) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yo don't put rat to mind cheese
  • Solui (10/02/2016, 14:39) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    so you mean no local retired police office could have gotton any of the gravey? it looks racist to me; for if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, then it's a duck! Bam
  • one eye (10/02/2016, 15:03) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I saw one of the uk officers at nanny cay with a beer in his hands vacation mom
  • LBF (10/02/2016, 15:20) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Well we know exactly who is blocking it! The Roseau one looking out for his country people dem. You have to go through him to get anything. So until he is removed, then nothing will happen. Drug money missing. Cocaine missing. Credit Card scams. Pyramid schemes. Extortion. All happening with one set of dirty cops and it goes right up to the head!
  • TALK THAT (10/02/2016, 15:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the governor? are these people his friends?
  • kkk (10/02/2016, 16:07) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    never no room for the black brothers we do not trust them
  • Divers (10/02/2016, 16:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money. And drugs always going missing .went to court 2years ago sat in the court a case was call and guess what the case got dismiss because the drugs went missing .these dam police officers banging off your door early morn for drugs and still thiefing it to sell
  • mary j (10/02/2016, 16:41) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Race is a factor!
  • Building Courage (10/02/2016, 16:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This type of dysfunction is expected across-the-board in an environment that is highly conducive for it to be practiced. It has become an “entitlement” for those who are at the top of the food-chain with the ones at the bottom paying the tap.
  • poor tax payers (10/02/2016, 18:18) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    White is right
  • Xxx (10/02/2016, 18:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord morris is gone let him go in peace
  • Political Observer (10/02/2016, 18:56) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    The investigation into corruption in the RVIPF was poisoned/tainted from the start due to having investigators report directly to David Morris, former Commission of RVIPF. A police force cannot investigate itself when such serious allegations are raging. An independent investigation needed to be conducted. Taking Morris out of the reporting chain and replacing him with David Baines, Commisioner of RCIPF, did not meet the independent investigation requirement. The outcome was predictable. It is an insult to local and regional professionals of African descent that none of them were qualified and lacked the intellect to effectively participate in conducting a fair and credible investigation. Is it back to the olde and false belief that Blacks are intellectually inferior and thus cannot perform certain jobs? The sad thing is that local leaders ascribe to and buy in to the same nonsense. The Willie Lynch conditioning is still strong in the BVI even 181 years after Emancipation.
    • Building Courage (11/02/2016, 23:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Political Observer- Lynch himself predicted that this ‘programming” should last for 300 years or more once installed, so there is still 119 years more to go. “And unless the philosophy that holds one race superior over another is completely abandoned and it becomes as insignificant as the colour of one's eyes, will anything change” (echoed by our freedom fighters). With come of the biggest culprits coming from our own people against our own attributed to a “class superiority complex, once one ingest a taste of money and the illusion of power.” Sadly, this ideology still lives on up to this present day, due to the consequence of our people “refusing to press ‘delete’ to this program in order to ‘erase’ it completely” once and for all; and in return, “upload” their true power in caring and looking out for each other in love and togetherness.
  • Rat a tat tat (10/02/2016, 21:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boss hold on as soon as the new commissioner come all he'll will break loose or else some thing got to gave
  • Hmmm (10/02/2016, 21:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Exactly it was a white against black thing in the first place. Check who is calling the shots. Some think it's the black man. They'll be sorry to learn it is not him at all. He is a black man and they are white and are here because I will dare to say somebody is getting a kick back out of all that damn money they are getting. Why oh why. Is it only blacks that are capable of corruption? Slavery will never die. This story always had more than what meets the eye. If AJ is the top head why would he investigate himself. Can't feed my damn children and money here wasting on nonsense. I'm done!!!
  • Albion (10/02/2016, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yep....even the psychology of CORRUPTION, rather than its reality, can be spell disaster.
  • wize up (11/02/2016, 03:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    Dave M***!s found a legal way to rip off the territory and left this place a rich white boy: some of us busy kill off the VI Landers while the whites moving under the radar..... Its is alright to purchase a vehicle for a white governor for over 100,000.00 with your tax money BUT it is crime for the VI Lander to get one for far less.....I never thought that I would live to see the day when the VI became a battle ground; VI Landers depressing VI Lander while the other residents raping the territory and all mouths are closed NO objections.......

  • de silent one (11/02/2016, 07:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Until some of those at the top are relieve of their duties, we wont see the result of Lucan. They are stopping things from happening along with the DPP Office who are reluctant in taking action. How much longer would they allow to continue with their bulls....t.
    • wize up (11/02/2016, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ de silent one : look like you know something, why not sit with VINO and give the territory the jucy details....enquiring minds wants to know
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  • Hmmmmm (11/02/2016, 08:47) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    INVESTIGATIONS IS NOT COMPLETED, THERE WILL BE ARREST AS I REPEAT THERE WILL BE ARREST. BE PATIENT VINO,
    • wize up (11/02/2016, 15:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Hmmmm: can the territory have morris extradited from the USA to answer his charges; you must begin with Dave Morris first followed by anyone else if not that will be injustice to the others under investigation (just saying)
  • John (11/02/2016, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Must everything be about race? Patneice is a virtue....
    • wize up (11/02/2016, 17:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ John: hell yes; look around this place and the facts are right in your face and I submit to that blacks and whites enjoy the BVI as a society so there is nothing racial..
  • Online Now (11/02/2016, 13:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good investgative piece


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