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‘Comply with the law & all will be well’- RVIPF

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is urging the public to cooperate with the police. Photo: VINO/File
A still clip from the video where a motor scooter rider was thrown to the ground in the vicinity of Moneygram on Fishlock Road on February 17, 2017. Photo: Provided
A still clip from the video where a motor scooter rider was thrown to the ground in the vicinity of Moneygram on Fishlock Road on February 17, 2017. Photo: Provided
Commissioner of Police Micheal Matthews says unnecessary confrontations with police could be avoided should persons simply cooperate with them by providing information such as their names and addresses when approached. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Micheal Matthews says unnecessary confrontations with police could be avoided should persons simply cooperate with them by providing information such as their names and addresses when approached. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "Comply with the law and all will be well." This is a simple message the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is trying to communicate to traffic offenders.

Recently, Tortola saw the return of Glenn Callwood aka Supa Cop to the streets, which has since forced many to be on their Ps and Qs when it comes to traffic offences. While some sections of society were happy others were not as they fumed at being ticketed. But yet many continue to break the traffic laws.

Recently, eyes have shifted on a group of police officers accused of harassing persons, especially bikers. But similarly, the scourge of multiple motor cycle accidents in the territory is a matter of concern to both residents and the RVIPF.

As of late persons have been posting short video recordings of police in action, attempting to arrest persons, slamming them to the ground, tasing them among other things.

Some in the community see this as use of excessive force.

Cooperate with police when approached

However, Commissioner of Police Micheal Matthews says these could be avoided should persons simply cooperate with police by providing information such as their names and addresses when approached.

Our research has shown that police are in their right to ask anyone for such information but it does not mean that you are under arrest or will be arrested. In some cases this is what will happen though as there are persons wanted for some offence or the other or wanted for questioning in a matter of police interest.

An example was in the case of one video clip where police were attempting to arrest a person, who resisted despite valiant efforts by police to have him cooperate.  While he eventually shouted his name, he continued to resist police officers and was tased.

That man is Jamoy Estridge, who now has to face the court for 1.Resisting Arrest; 2. Failing to give Name and Address, 3. Disorderly Conduct;  4. Failing to Comply with a Lawful Order and 5. Indecent Language.

He was granted bail in the sum of $5,000 with one signed surety and will have to make an appearance at the Magistrate's Court on April 7, 2017.

36 Responses to “‘Comply with the law & all will be well’- RVIPF”

  • ccc (23/02/2017, 09:51) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    Are we becoming a police state?
  • oh (23/02/2017, 09:55) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    use whatever force is required when somèone is breaking the the law and resists ..... simple . The offenders will eventually get the message . Laws must be followed and the police need the power to enforce them .
  • Breedo TiTiTi (23/02/2017, 10:08) Like (8) Dislike (33) Reply
    Mayson we don't respect Police especially the ones who don't have respect for the youths in the community. How you going go round bullying people and expect us to respect and trust ayu? Thas why the Public will never comply with officers because we can't trust ayo and moving forward we will pull out our phones and record these police each time they go around bullying people and exercising excessive force to wrongfully apprehend people.
    • Really? (23/02/2017, 11:02) Like (35) Dislike (6) Reply
      You sound very ignorant. keep recording, most times you capture anything it will be evidence of your thug buddies incriminating themselves.
    • officer (23/02/2017, 17:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      feel ya pain but ur phones wont help as long the officer's' do their job correctly and this is one of the reason I am lobbying for the force to bring back body cam on at least one officer on a shift. turn the cam on people like u in public. the body cam can work either way for or against but generally help us and did help me to keep my demeanor in tact
  • wize up (23/02/2017, 10:54) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
    why the same Commissioner don't tell the people about members of his force that takes the dope and the cash from traffickers then use those funds for personal development......talk that !!!
  • hm (23/02/2017, 11:43) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    One thing that troubles me is that Law Enforcement watching US but who is watching THEM?..., Many times I observed officers in uniform operating their private vehicles using cell phones while driving and not having their seat belts buckled.
  • wize up (23/02/2017, 12:07) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Just a follow up for those who think i have any issues with police(history will recall a former commissioner of police allowed his officers to beat up on members of the public) such actions by members of the police resulted in shots being fired at the road town police station(we don't need to relive those day in our territory)....the police need to exercise better judgment because in most cases the members of the public that are being beaten were not armed with any weapons but were simply beaten just for their mouth(that's wrong)....I understand the fight against crime(all now were have unsolved crime and not one word from the commissioner of police on this subject but makes excuses for his officers to beat up people(I have friends that are victims of unsolved murder) I need police to fight crime and not the unarmed member of the public( blog what you want now: you have such privilege while in the BVI)
  • Hmm (23/02/2017, 12:27) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm not condoning ignorance or disrespect towards the police, they are here to keep us safe. But some people feel like the police can do no wrong. Just remember that police are people too and there's good ones and bad ones just like the rest of the population. Rather than seeing people getting locked up over nothing I would rather read in the news that they caught the person who murdered the guy in the bar east end or they caught the gunmen who robbed write way and delta and billy's superette
    • officer (23/02/2017, 16:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      tru statement
    • @hmm (23/02/2017, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And in the eyes of some people they can do no good. Look at the number of fire arms removed just in this year alone, a conviction in the Paul Prentice murder, illegal immigrants and human smugglers arrested. If you are no bias talk the good and the bad not just the bad. The police cannot do it all but they try to do as much as they can every country has unsolved crime big and small.

      If there is a problem with the laws that these officers enforce you should speak to your representative about having them repealed and done with but as long as they are on the books they should be upheld big or small.
  • zoe (23/02/2017, 12:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need an independent police review board
  • slim (23/02/2017, 13:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Do you think if he had given the officers the information required he would be before the court on those small charges. Some people just ignorant!
  • stalin vehicles (23/02/2017, 13:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "obey or else." swell. seatbelts, smoking in public - wow really important laws on the books. jeez....
    maybe someone here or in england bought that phone hitler used to use...this is all ridiculous.
    how come banks don't have to obey the law insofar as their customers are concerned? not so ridiculous.
  • LOL (23/02/2017, 14:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    What really happened down Duff's Bottom that lead to the young's man death?
    • wize up (23/02/2017, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ lol: ask the commissioner of police(those things commissioner of police to come to the public with) but knowing the police department they will simply tell us that the matter is under investigation(just like those unsolved murders and arm robberies)
      • @ wize up (23/02/2017, 20:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        ask who? Dream on, it is the same people who covering it up!
        • wize up (24/02/2017, 01:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @@ wize up: I have supper cop's number should we do a conference call to supper cop and include the Commissioner of the department(ting 2 talk)
  • Stiff Upper Lip (23/02/2017, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I commend the Police with their efforts to uphold and enforce the laws of the Virgin Islands. What I am not pleased with is that persons are parking their vehicles in the road and on the corners , in the different communities. These too are traffic violations and also cause traffic issues especially in the Purcell Estate community and you don't see any of the vehicles being ticketed and residence have grown to accept this as the laws does not apply in this community. Where is the community Policing in the Purcell Estate? I digress for an answer.
  • officer Tyson (23/02/2017, 16:22) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    i love this new boss that's all it takes just abide by the law get to kno ur right an the law and u will be ok we aint like US Police shoot to kill we talk how u deal with us we are traine to use like force and our discretion
  • JYD (23/02/2017, 17:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    WHAT IS LAW? that the first thing we have to know if we don't know what it is get to know what it is. if the police is so bad why do we call them when something goes wrong let every be there own police, if you obey then you be clear of the law, but it so bad to see some of us go to other countries and before you can think them obey every inch of the law because first we don't know the police his family of his friends so we cant do sh*t so why we cant obey in this small country, would we like England to send down 100 bobby cops to help keep you in line i am sure we would not like that so lets keep this small country clean.

  • just asking.... (23/02/2017, 19:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wonder how successful the police force might be if they are just as hyperbolic and hysterical as the rude ones they detain?
  • --------------------- (23/02/2017, 20:04) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think this strategy by the new COP is a mistake.
    • wize up (24/02/2017, 01:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @.........when new CoP & those non belonger cop turn this territory into a police state they can simply make flight reservations: if the commissioner of police seriously think these half crazy young people is going to take this police brutally much long I have news for him(you dont fight fire with fire)..if some of use be honest(under this new Commissioner of police violent crimes are up so are the incidents of police brutality)....beating members of the police for not giving a name while gun men and killers live among us(Commissioner of police have this thing to a joke)...the hurting families of our country needs answers to the killing of their love one; those business owners that were robbed at gun point needs answers(while your commissioner of police here defending simple sh!?)
  • Scooter rider (23/02/2017, 20:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The nerve of Mathews to dish out advice. Massa, go clean up your back yard, and the front yard too, or pack and go
  • Pure Lies (23/02/2017, 20:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The RVIPF could not even secure their own road town station where scooters are stolen from much less to ask people to comply with the law
  • yea (23/02/2017, 21:01) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    How can we comply and officer running people off the road and killing them and the police keeping that quite
  • hello (23/02/2017, 22:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who makes the Law? If We are unhappy with the Law, how do we the citizens change it? Yall think we some fools!
  • Fools Gold (24/02/2017, 20:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You're right... now lets break all laws.
  • SLR 74u (26/02/2017, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I personal have it out for dem #Heavy #Sayless :*


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