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4 yrs of 'underspending' on Police has to be addressed- Gov Duncan

- said results of added funds to Police & other depts will take time to be seen
According to Governor John S. Duncan OBE, the results of the extra resources provided to the Police and other departments from the Consolidated Fund ‘will take time’ to be seen. Photo: VINO
The scene of a shooting in Road Town, Tortola on March 10, 2017: For 2017 there have been 7 homicides committed in a space of six months- the highest ever for the tiny British Overseas Territory. Five of the murders have been as a result of gun violence. Photo: VINO/File
The scene of a shooting in Road Town, Tortola on March 10, 2017: For 2017 there have been 7 homicides committed in a space of six months- the highest ever for the tiny British Overseas Territory. Five of the murders have been as a result of gun violence. Photo: VINO/File
Although Governor John S. Duncan’s decision to take money from the Consolidated Fund belittled the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), many people supported the Governor as they felt Government was not doing enough to address the obvious upsurge in criminal activities, including gun crime. Photo: VINO/File
Although Governor John S. Duncan’s decision to take money from the Consolidated Fund belittled the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), many people supported the Governor as they felt Government was not doing enough to address the obvious upsurge in criminal activities, including gun crime. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Governor John S. Duncan OBE has asked for patience from the people of the Virgin Islands as the results of his recent historic move to exercise his reserved powers under the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 to fund the police and other departments “will take time” to be seen.

It was on March 16, 2017 that Governor Duncan ordered that over $1.88M of public monies be taken from the Consolidated Fund and decided that the Police, Magistrate’s Court, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions be granted these funds.

His move was done by imposing direct rule via his constitutional authority under Sec 103 (b).

Although Governor Duncan’s actions belittled the National Democratic Party Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), many people supported the Governor as they felt Government was not doing enough to address the obvious upsurge in criminal activities, including gun crime.

At the time too, the Territory had also seen three homicides for the year, two by gun violence.

Gun killings continue; Public’s patience diminishing

But three months later the patience of many has started to wane as homicides have continued on a monthly basis. For 2017 there have been 7 homicides committed in a space of six months- the highest ever for the tiny British Overseas Territory.

Three of the four homicides since March 16, 2017 have been as a result of gun violence.

Jefferson Joseph was shot and killed outside a nightclub near CSY Dock in Baughers Bay, Tortola on April 16, 2017.

On Saturday May 6, 2017, around 10:20 PM, 22 year old Shaun H. Richards was said to be sitting outside his home in Long Look on Tortola when a lone gunman allegedly came up to him and fired at least 2 gun shots at him. Mr Richards, a Virgin Islander, succumbed to his injuries a few days later at Peebles Hospital.

And then David Springette aka ‘Mooney’ was shot and killed in Fat Hogs Bay on June 21, 2017.

‘It takes time’

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Governor Duncan on June 22, 2017 he said the effects of the extra funding to the Police and other departments will take time to bear fruits.

“...and as one of the bloggers said, ‘it takes time’. It’s not just, oh give me the money and everything happens, of course not, we have to address the underspending in the past four years, so that takes time to put it back together again.

So far the Police have brought in no less than six detectives from the United Kingdom, using the resources made available to them from the Consolidated Fund, a story first reported by this news site.

As expected, the public is eagerly awaiting to see persons brought to justice for the various homicides.

“And it will take time. They are working on it, you will see,” Governor Duncan told this news site in the brief interview.

Asked what were his reasonable expectations from the various departments which benefited from monies taken from the Consolidated Fund, Governor Duncan only said: “That they do their jobs.”

18 Responses to “4 yrs of 'underspending' on Police has to be addressed- Gov Duncan”

  • jack (26/06/2017, 14:19) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Another blow to the ndp
  • weed (26/06/2017, 14:33) Like (12) Dislike (16) Reply
    It’s no secret that Mr. Governor is trying to find excuses to cover Mathews
  • ABC (26/06/2017, 14:39) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well the NDP was in for the last 4 years so thank god for the governor they took the money and build wall and pay over 7 million for flight to Miami
  • Fear is setting in (26/06/2017, 14:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    and our patience is diminishing governor. We just hope no innocent bystanders get killed with these heartless menace to our society.
  • fearful (26/06/2017, 15:17) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please, we just cannot have an eight. Do something fast, our patience is diminishing by the month.
  • Too Bad (26/06/2017, 15:30) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    too bad the person running the court isn't from the UK. Maybe then the governor would have give them money to get a new building instead of them having to set up under a tent - lol. Big financial centre running a court out of a tent city cause the country can't figure out that rule of law is the basis the whole financial sector - killing me with jokes
    • YOLO (26/06/2017, 15:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Too Bad. I had to pause and retread this one. Tent City! Killing me with jokes. LOL! Hahaha....
  • Freedom! (26/06/2017, 16:23) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Both he and the ndp is one in the same
  • Well (26/06/2017, 16:25) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    all I have to say is that, Matthews and his crew better work fast because there's about to have another category added to their list - homicides by vehicles - if people don't slow down and drive more carefully on these dead-trap roads.
  • Gosh (26/06/2017, 19:47) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lol governor needs to realize that Matthew doesn't have what it takes things are just getting worse
  • The Watcher (26/06/2017, 19:49) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    why they haven't been addressed?
  • yes (26/06/2017, 19:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    They enjoying this black on black crime
  • 911 (26/06/2017, 20:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I desperately hope voters are not fooled again
  • wize up (27/06/2017, 03:02) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the former governor books his flight back to the U.K. Or To A gated community in Florida like the former commissioner of police; can he send an email telling his former employee back in uk trying start sending some money to the BVI so the commissioner of police so he will an operating budget to deal with the security issues for the commissner of police and pay for the house where the governor live:: the United Kingdom don't give the BVI one penny but sending her pale citizens down here to tell the BVI how to spend our own money....,say what you what about my blog because talk is cheap and the comments won't phase me
    M
  • Bull (27/06/2017, 06:11) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where are the results? I will like to be in that meeting listening to you trying to make your case that police need more...My question will be.. Tell us about the results or atlease tell us about the efforts... Never see so much over weight cops..What is your health, self defence and fitness plan?
  • Mujahid (27/06/2017, 06:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fix immigration. Stop allowing foreign drug convicts to remain here.


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