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CCTV Cameras to be restored ‘in coming weeks’ – CoP Matthews

- Says RVIPF also exploring tech to safely disable scooters & motorcycles
Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews said in a matter of weeks, the force will be fitting and restoring CCTV Cameras on poles throughout the Virgin Islands (VI) as part of efforts to fight the growing traffic violations. Photo: Internet Source
Commissioner Matthews B. Matthews noted that the delays to get the cameras back in place after the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, is due to the funding mechanism that falls under the Caribbean Development (CDB) Loan scheme, even as the project is already budgeted for. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner Matthews B. Matthews noted that the delays to get the cameras back in place after the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, is due to the funding mechanism that falls under the Caribbean Development (CDB) Loan scheme, even as the project is already budgeted for. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) says it remains blind to some of the traffic offences across the Territory and strategically placed CCTV cameras is part of the solution to fight that. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) says it remains blind to some of the traffic offences across the Territory and strategically placed CCTV cameras is part of the solution to fight that. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews said in a matter of weeks, the force will be fitting and restoring CCTV Cameras throughout the Virgin Islands (VI) as part of efforts to fight growing traffic violations.

“I’m desperately pushing hard still, and I know the Premier [Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1)] himself personally is very concerned about the time it is taking to fully restore CCTV to the territory,” Mr Matthews said on the Tuesday, January 14, 2020, edition of the ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio show.

Funding Delays

Commissioner Matthews noted that the delays to get the cameras back in place after the devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, is due to the funding mechanism that falls under the Caribbean Development (CDB) Loan scheme, even as the project is already budgeted for.

“It’s obviously a very expensive thing to have to install across the entire territory,” he said.

Mr Matthews noted that ahead of restoration of the cameras, at the moment, the force remains blind to some of the offences and strategically placed CCTV cameras is part of the solution to fight that.

“There are cameras available now that can actually photograph a scooter and a rider and give on the photograph the location and the speed it was doing, at the time,” he said.

Disabling Scooters

The Commissioner disclosed that the force is also looking into more direct technology, aimed specifically at motorcycle riders who continue to violate the laws.

“There’s a lot of new technology available on the market these days and one of the things that we are looking at and we’ve been talking to manufacturers about, is safe ways to stop motorcycles and motor scooters.”

This technology he says can disable scooters at a distance and bring them to a halt safely, “It doesn’t exist here in the Territory at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t explore those kinds of options,” he said.

8 Responses to “CCTV Cameras to be restored ‘in coming weeks’ – CoP Matthews”

  • idiots (20/01/2020, 11:28) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply

    I don’t know who’s dumber the police or **** for letting all these criminals that those cameras aren’t working smh

  • one eye (20/01/2020, 13:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    we have heard this from him for almost two years I do not believe anything will happen
  • Tired (20/01/2020, 14:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This hurricane happen in 2017 it is now 2020, we moving too slow people
    • 2xTired (20/01/2020, 16:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Our First responders still don't have a fully functional building (Fire Department)
  • Slowly (20/01/2020, 15:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My mum told me that if something is important, you should give it priority...
  • concern (20/01/2020, 17:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is this public news, just turn the cameras on and catch the criminals red handed while they believe they are still not working. Dumb move by police to put this out publicly.
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  • enough (22/01/2020, 13:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please put one on the pole outside of Wesley Penn Bar in Fat Hogs Bay this have become a drug haven. Young men are openly selling and using drugs there as if it is no longer illegal. The expat leasing the space needs to be deported. Totally unacceptable a lack of love for this country.


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