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September 19th, 2019
‘Persons charged are held in custody for too long’- Snr Police Officer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Pointing to several cases as examples, a senior police officer said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is not applying the same rules to persons who are of “low means” in their custody.

August 30th, 2019
UPDATE: Armed female hitchhiker strikes in East End

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Just minutes before Virgin Islands News Online published a story that there were reports on social media of an armed female hitchhiker, along with a male biker, robbing motorists, the suspected duo had struck on the Eastern End of Tortola today, August 30, 2019.

August 28th, 2019
‘RVIPF not the place to get rich’ - Dept CoP Alwin James to new recruits

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alwin James has warned new recruits that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), is not the place to get rich.

August 21st, 2019
‘We still feel frustration in the public service’- CoP Matthews

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has pleaded with Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to revisit some of the practices and procedures in the public service that may be outdated and may be causing unnecessary delays for projects and contracts to get off the ground.

August 16th, 2019
Re-opened WE Police Station to house Immigration & Customs

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Nearly 2 years after the West End Police Station in the First District on Tortola was battered by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the facility was reopened, but with added functions.

August 12th, 2019
No major incidents @ 2019 Festival Week - CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the packed 2019 Emancipation festival week now history in the Virgin Islands (VI), officials are reporting successes on all fronts amidst minor challenges in the execution of this year’s activities.

July 25th, 2019
RVIPF grappling with 33 unsolved murders

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police Mr Micheal B. Matthews has said that of a total 68 homicides in the Virgin Islands since January of 2000, only 35 of those cases have been solved and brought before the courts.

July 24th, 2019
Detective team now on Walwyn wall case - CoP Matthews

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - As investigations into the $1.6M Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall project commissioned by former Legislator Myron V. Walwyn continue, Commissioner of Police Mr Micheal B. Matthews has indicated that the case is now in the hands of an entire team of detectives with close to 100 persons now interviewed as part of the probe into the alleged corruption.

July 23rd, 2019
Shots fired in EE; Police retrieve spent shells

EAST END, Tortola, VI- The silent night of East End, on the main island of Tortola, was disturbed by gunshots on July 22, 2019.

June 9th, 2019
Community Policing collapsed in aftermath of 2017 hurricanes- CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on building ties and working closely with members of the communities.

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