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Complaints from public on police will be ‘properly’ investigated – CoP Matthews vows

- as police officer charged in major cocaine bust
Outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has pledged to take complaints from members of the public relating to officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) seriously. Photo: VINO
The image of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), under Michael B. Matthews, has taken another blow after a police officer, Darren Davis, left, was charged following a major drug bust on Tortola. Photo: VINO
The image of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), under Michael B. Matthews, has taken another blow after a police officer, Darren Davis, left, was charged following a major drug bust on Tortola. Photo: VINO
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) had come under fire on social media in April, 2020, for tasing a homeless man who was on the ground at the time and did not appear to be of any threat to police. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) had come under fire on social media in April, 2020, for tasing a homeless man who was on the ground at the time and did not appear to be of any threat to police. Photo: Team of Reporters
Two officers from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF)- Traffic Officer Glenn Callwood aka ‘Supa Cop,’ (right) and Alwyn M. St Hillaire- found themselves in a verbal spat, which almost turned physical over what was alleged bad parking by the entrance of the OneMart Supermarket in Purcell Estate on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
Two officers from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF)- Traffic Officer Glenn Callwood aka ‘Supa Cop,’ (right) and Alwyn M. St Hillaire- found themselves in a verbal spat, which almost turned physical over what was alleged bad parking by the entrance of the OneMart Supermarket in Purcell Estate on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has pledged to take complaints from members of the public relating to officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) seriously.

He made the remark during the recent press conference held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, to report on the cocaine bust valued at roughly $250 million where two brothers – Liston Davis and Police officer Darren Davis – were charged and denied bail for the offence.

“The officers had to do the unpleasant task of arresting one of their own and seizing the evidence, that is not easy. Those individuals have acted with integrity, courage and impartiality but of course, that will be no reassurance, you are right, there have been previous occasions where the integrity of the RVIPF has been called into account,” Matthews said in response to questions from the media.

“I can reassure the public we take every single one of those allegations most seriously as can be seen by today’s briefing as well as on previous occasions when the RVIPF officers have found themselves facing the court to determine cases,” he added.

RVIPF not unique!

With the same breath, the top cop said the RVIPF is not alone in facing corruption.

“We are not unique in that regard, the police service around the world face this challenge: how do you keep officers honest, to maintain integrity and to ensure the confidence of the public. Part of that is to clearly demonstrate that you have internal procedures that are robust and working effectively to root out corruption.”

“We had our suspicions for some time,” he said, relating to the drug investigation and subsequent bust, “and that’s part and parcel of our internal monitoring.”

We have to 'bring in expertise'- CoP Matthews

Mr Matthews said beyond that he has already included within a proposed strategic plan for going forward for the force that needs to be agreed with the National Security Council that, “in fact, we go further and we bring in expertise for what I call professional standards capabilities.”

He added: “because the public has to know when they make complaints on police if they have complaints about the actions of a police officer those complaints and those suspicions can be taken seriously. I, for one will continue to robustly ensure that when allegations are made, they are investigated properly.”

RVIPF plagued by many issues

Corruption is just one of the many issues plaguing the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force under Mr Matthews, a UK national who is set to make his exit from the RVIPF without successfully handling some of the long-standing problems.

There have been reports of low morale and lack of camaraderie among officers and this has played out in the public sphere such as in April 2020 when two officers were involved in a verbal altercation over parking outside of a shopping centre in Purcell Estate. An investigation was launched; however, it is unclear what was the outcome.

Local police officers, including Caribbean recruits, have alleged being sidelined in favour of UK recruits for top posts and salaries, even while the local officers claim they do most of the work and even training of the same UK 'experts'.

Further, RVIPF officers have recently been accused of using unnecessary force during arrests, including using tasers.

In April, a homeless man was tased even while he was on the ground and appeared to be posing no threat to police, according to a video sent to our newsroom.

Mr Matthews has often been quick to give his officers the benefit of the doubt as, according to him, "most if not all social media videos only show half the story.”

25 Responses to “Complaints from public on police will be ‘properly’ investigated – CoP Matthews vows”

  • local girl (12/11/2020, 08:28) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only now? You guys are 12 hours late and 50 cent short.
  • Why so now (12/11/2020, 08:54) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmmm only now ur eyes open or the realization that it obviously clear to u and all now that the police force not just have corrupt cop or two ..but it is infested with curuption .....hmmmm
  • Sy wa (12/11/2020, 09:18) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Say wat u mean man ...the police force is not alone in this curption ..lol who esle then custom ..polition. who then. U kno so much but u on air putting ur head on block for her majesty police force .tek dat ..ur dose of reality in front the public...u and jasper kno wat the hell going on but only want to talk some ...all ahu is cut from the same cloth of curuption
    • concern (12/11/2020, 17:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

      The top Cop sound just like Donald Trump always involving others and not taking responsibility for what is going on in their neck of the woods. We talking about the British Virgin Islands Police Force he talking about other countries. Boss just admit that you and the Deputy have been sleeping while officers take time to run drugs under your noses. Keep picking all kind of @##*****without doing background check and see what the result is going to be. We did not pick you to run any other police force ,but the one in the B.V.I. so deal with the mess and fix the dam force.

  • see that? (12/11/2020, 09:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "PROBABLY"
  • Hmmmthe (12/11/2020, 09:21) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Her majesty police force curuption festering from years on years from the head to it toe from donkey days...them three curupt cop couple years ago case look like it already got swept under the rug...hmmm thing to sus out for ayo
  • Styler (12/11/2020, 09:25) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

    “The officers had to do the unpleasant task of arresting one of their own and seizing the evidence, that is not easy. But according to their taring if your mother has commit an offence yo have to arrest her as well. so what's the big deal. you had so many complaints from the public that your cops are corrupt but ****cover for them now take the shame out of your face and face the truth there are many more that's only the beginning Commander and Chief

  • racist (12/11/2020, 09:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    As long as it black on black police brutality is only wen that rac**t sh** go defend the mostly black police force let it been a white civilian been brutalize. U wouldn't here the end of that...it dam fact

  • problem (12/11/2020, 09:34) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    The problem is to much dam division in the police force ...island man against local...local against white colonialism..and white colonialism for him self and oppression of the country..$%&* simple we need to control your on affairs but with very serious stipulations and awareness of curuption as well from internal influence

    • @Problem (12/11/2020, 13:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so right. Country fighting against country in there. Then they only looking out for people who from their own country, whether they are right or wrong. They hide things for one another in there. Not because they are doing what they supposed to do, not because they are right, but because where they come from. They hold one head. Dangerous! There are some decent ones, but there are those that are a bunch of opportunists, they're not here to really do police work.
    • @Problem (12/11/2020, 14:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Correct! They are fighting country against country in there. They would rather give the job/post to someone who is from their own country rather than give it to someone who would do the work. They own people could do no wrong and when they do, they are hiding it. Corruption through and through. Confidentiality?! What is that? I would not walk in, call in, send in any information to them. It's a free for all information bank in there. They speak on things they know and things they assume. Make a report and by the time you reach where you going, your friends, family, neighbors, and their dogs know about it. This drug bust just shining a brighter light on them, as needed. Some of are decent, but the couple rotten ones will not keep the bunch fresh, right? So I welcome a shake-up within the RVIPF any day. We as a community do not want lack-luster service, power hungry, tainted police. All the colonial talk out the door, mix them up. Stop complacent behavior and nepotism.
  • Clean up (12/11/2020, 10:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    People loosing their lives because of the coruption. God help us.
    • @clean up (12/11/2020, 12:32) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thank you for your TRANSPARENCY. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOSING THEIR LIVES AND HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF THE CORRUPTION IN THIS BVI. I WILL SAY, NOT ALL OF YOUR OFFICERS IS DIRTY. THE DIRTY ONES HAS CAST A DARK CLOUD OF SHAME OVER THE OFFICERS THAT IS UPHOLDING AND HAS BEEN UPHOLDING THE LAW. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WE SHOULD NEVER ALLOW A LOCAL TO HOLD THE POSITION OF POLICE COMISSSIONER.
      • @@cleanuo (13/11/2020, 05:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Seems like regardles to lif it is a loca) or not the same corruption continue. How long was our UK Police Chief on the Job? Another problem in tgis BVI Iis expats finding all the reasons why locals should not hold any position, from too jobs to the bottom jobs all these crimes was not taking place when this little ciuntry was run by locals. It is not going to be a good place to live if locals are disenfranchised. Take the greed out and we all can live hapoily. Everybody come to the BVI with the intention to get rich overnight and return to their country. We continiw to find more ways to attrack more people to come to this little country in the long run locals do not benefit. Check what is happening in the other places.
  • Crooked Cops (12/11/2020, 10:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many of our people have suffered from these police officers hands. Them abuse them power all the time. The commissioner only talking because his officer get caught. RVIPF is a criminal enterprise. We all know that.
  • Street reporter (12/11/2020, 11:06) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    I saw a security guard this morning thought he was a police. The uniform pants look like police uniform pants. I think each uniform branch including securities officers should look distinctively different to avoid identify mistakes
  • Mantle (12/11/2020, 13:16) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Straight talk. The police corrupt from captain to Cook.
  • Waiting (12/11/2020, 13:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am still waiting for them to resolve the matter when i was assaulted by two plain clothes officer at the airport.
    Several complains to the police department, witnesses are still available and matter was never brought to the court.
  • Greg (12/11/2020, 15:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm not calling the police ever again! I called to make a complaint against a person trespassing my property. The Police and the person knew each other and were giving eye signals and thought I didn't see it. The person was laughing and lying the entire time, and they were given a warning. I felt as though I got slapped in the face. I'll handle my own street justice, because I felt they treated me like the perpetrator, since everyone here are either related or friends. SMDH!
  • Antoine (12/11/2020, 15:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an example of what happening I. The police force who have eyes to see will see. If u look at it this officer work in an special post for years and all of a sudden look what happen. The other three officers that lost their job were also in special post for years and look what happen. There are a lot of good officers that are not currupt and will never make it to a special post because of the nipotism that has been taken place I. The force. Look at how much officers hold special post and where they from. The force could.never b right. Then the local salary is so low and only the white man comes here and make all the money. No wonder locals won't join.
  • Fuc (12/11/2020, 17:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Ayo frade to call names not me I know sh** on a few of them ....but i am broke ..lol. need cash fast

  • @concern (13/11/2020, 05:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    The ******* is the ring leader..watch he there undermining the cheif... lol. Lawdy

  • Start with himself (13/11/2020, 08:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Strupes call***** sexually assualted two female officers what did the commissioner do about it?



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