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Gun crime rules the VI: Where is the Governor & Police Commissioner?

- both UK appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE & British appointed Police Commissioner Michael Matthews are responsible for the security of the Virgin Islands
The two men responsible for security in the Virgin Islands, Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) and Police Commissioner Michael Matthews, have been receiving a free pass from the public despite gun crime going out of control in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Riteway East End was robbed of cash by four heavily armed masked bandits on November 24, 2016. Photo: Internet Source
Riteway East End was robbed of cash by four heavily armed masked bandits on November 24, 2016. Photo: Internet Source
24 year old Estevan Jefferson was gunned down near the Stickett in Long Look on November 17, 2016. Photo: Facebook
24 year old Estevan Jefferson was gunned down near the Stickett in Long Look on November 17, 2016. Photo: Facebook
The proprietor of Huntums Ghut Service Station (right) was robbed of cash by two masked gunmen while in Huntums Ghut on December 12, 2016 while Delta Petroleum Service Station in Pasea Estate was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash on December 15, 2016. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
The proprietor of Huntums Ghut Service Station (right) was robbed of cash by two masked gunmen while in Huntums Ghut on December 12, 2016 while Delta Petroleum Service Station in Pasea Estate was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash on December 15, 2016. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- If there was a local appointed Governor or a local or Caribbean Police Commissioner in the Virgin Islands and crime, in particular gun crimes, were out of control like it is there would have been calls by the Opposition, the media, civil society and talk show hosts for their heads.

We would have had calls daily for their removal, long editorials about how we needed a new commissioner or a new governor, that they were incompetent, or that we needed to bring in outside help to address the crime situation.

However, every week in the Virgin Islands (VI), for the past two months, there have been reports of gun crimes that have shattered and scared the average citizen, shaken our confidence in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) to reduce crime even with a new Commissioner imposed by the UK, demonstrating that the VI is no longer safe and also has the potential to do damage to our tourism product.

Governor is responsible for security-Constitution

Under the VI Constitution, the Governor is in charge of the security of the territory, along with the Police. In Section 57 of the same constitution, it is stated that there shall be a National Security Council chaired by the Governor, which also advises him on internal security and he has to act on those recommendation.

In some areas of the constitution, where the Governor is directly responsible for the police, he has delegated some of his powers to the Commissioner of Police. So the two office holders responsible for the security of the VI are Governor John S. Duncan OBE and Commissioner Michael Matthews.

However, the public has been silent to call them out for the crime situation in the territory and them not doing their jobs. No one has called for the new Commissioner to go because he has failed to help fight and reduce gun crime.

While there have been loud calls for Governor Duncan to go because of his incompetence and integrity in carrying out his duties as Governor, it was never related to his national security duties.

Double standards? Race?

A controversial talk show host, who asked that his name not be used at this time, said “if the governor and police commissioner were locals or black then we would have been marching in the streets over the crime situation but because they are white not a man saying a word...seems like double standards to me...but do not use my name before they say I am a racist.”

Others have said there have been no improvement in crime even with a UK imposed Caucasian police commissioner when they are locals who could have filled the post.

When told by our reporter that crime has nothing to do with race, one senior police officer said “the point here is they can get away with doing nothing, remember we still have a half dozen UK officers here but if one of us was the police chief the pressure on us to do something would have been overwhelming…so you go figure out the rest…” the veteran officer concluded.

Gun crimes in the last two months

The Virgin Islands has been rocked with gun crimes over the last two months.

Things turned deadly on November 17, 2016 when 24 year old Estevan Jefferson was gunned down near the Stickett in Long Look.

On November 24, 2016 heavily armed men pounced on Riteway East End, carting off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On December 1, 2016 a car was riddled with bullets at Havers Estate. No one was injured in that incident.

The following day, December 2, 2016, a male showed up at the East End Police Station with a gunshot wound following a robbery at Vanterpool Estate.

Police also reported that on Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 around 9:00 P.M. a female reported that she was walking in the Vanterpool Estate area when a masked gunman approached her and demanded her handbag that contained her laptop, personal documents and cash.

And then two criminal offenses where a gun was involved reportedly occurred on December 12, 2016.

In the first instance, David Springette aka Mooney was shot while in the Long Look area. That same night the proprietor of Huntums Ghut Service Station was robbed of cash by two masked gunmen while in Huntums Ghut.

A double armed robbery then occurred on December 15, 2016, firstly on Delta Service Station in Pasea Estate, which was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash around 3:00 A.M. by a gunman who gained entry to the cashier's section by shooting at the glass door.

That same evening Billy’s Suprette in Long Bush was also robbed by a lone gunman.


29 Responses to “Gun crime rules the VI: Where is the Governor & Police Commissioner?”

  • England (17/12/2016, 14:46) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is true !!!
  • ccc (17/12/2016, 14:59) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    i love this article VINO you on point as ususal
  • Am I mistaken? (17/12/2016, 15:11) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    What are the responsibilities of this appointed governor, again? And who is/are responsible for evaluating his performance, again? And why is jackass ghut called jackass ghut, again?
  • voter (17/12/2016, 15:39) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    So so true . Wish bvi all the best
    • ------------------ (17/12/2016, 16:22) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      poor we poor we we going die under NDP and this governor
  • musa (17/12/2016, 15:43) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    When measuring the impact of crime the evidence suggests that we all have failed because it remains a tenure marked by inefficient and ineffective management from not only Duncan and Mathews but the NDP.. Good riddance to them all!
  • Observer (17/12/2016, 15:59) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
    Don't you all think Great Britain knows that we are all talk and no bite?! What Noel Lloyd and others did many years ago cannot take us through the 21st century and beyond. There has to be a revolutionary stance against white supremacy. Colonial oppression in all of its form. We are not together as a nation. Too many expats with no love for this country. They destroy us in the blogs and hide as anonymous
    Pundits. So Great Britain knows this. We will only effect change in solidarity... We are a divided people with the appearance of concern for the country. We give little thought to the consequences of our blogs and the reprocussions on a micro community as ours. The commissioner and governor are here for a short stint and then gone and all who replaced them are coming with the knowledge of what the BVI is. We are in a sad state especially with the politicians raping us and no end in site. No one knows who is genuine anymore. All day that address genuine, but actions speak louder than words. We are heading on a collision course with our eyes wide open. It's all about lust, money, fame, power and crime in all form.
    • just wrong (18/12/2016, 07:22) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Observer - You must live a very sad life. I feel very sorry for you.
  • wize up (17/12/2016, 17:29) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    at the end of the day both parties will simply book their flights while some of us must remain in the gun town: somehow our political leaders do not think our people have any capabilities: it is so funny because those politicians that says the locals are incompetent were all given an opportunity(as locals)revisit history: because the white guy in charge none of the usual talk show host not saying nothing(them wanted the governor to stop the world from spinning and investage the crieuse project, constant nightly radio attacks on the locals) we have more gun crime in this territory under the brief leadership of Matthew than we had in the past 5 years and most of us cat cut our tongue(because white boy in charge)..I am not blaming the current commissioner for the crime; simply point out under his leadership crime and violent crime has increased
  • BA (17/12/2016, 18:06) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Heard the cop is on vaction
  • time line (17/12/2016, 18:10) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Those two are constipated and constipated people do not give a shyte.
  • parables. (17/12/2016, 19:05) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    We are on Vacation in the Cold with our families leave us alone.. When we return to Vacation in the sun.. Leave us Alone. Leave us alone or get your own.
  • Citizen (17/12/2016, 21:50) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Good question vino but here is another where are the parents, brothets, sisters and other relatives of these people who possess the guns and commit these crimes? We sit back and believe that only the Police and Government are responsable for safety un this place. We back many people know who are robbing and killing people but we sit back and do nothing. The Commissioner and the Governor are not magicians. They met here like it is and will leave us here and go back where they from unlike us natives who hace no place to go. Vino keep up the good work but i would like to see you appeal to us to take back our land from the criminals. The Government, Police con every córner or the lack thereof could only do little. As a Citizen of this Territory i am appealing to everyone, residents and visitors to defend this Place. If you know something say something .Do not wait until it happens to you or loved ones then ask people to come forward.
  • Wendy (17/12/2016, 22:24) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    Black mommas and BlacPoppa'ss your neglected and Iill bred sons are killing each other and killing this country' s economy and future. Your daughters are no better. And you calling and bawling for massa to fix it? Pathetic shameless folks. Why should they fix what is beneficial for them? There is nothing to fix. It is what is expected. It is what you created. A blazing gun by policemen will create a lull but self hatred ,loathing and cultural criminality massa cannot undo.
    • wize up (18/12/2016, 04:02) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Wendy...some of us will die defending the sins of the white man in this place: in our territory we have 3 standards(the caribbean people are treated one way; the locals are treated one way and the white folks are treated one way).here we have an article simply point out the incompetence of two whites and automatically "Wendy" seeking to shift the blame to the black parents(there is a police boat anchored at road reef doing nothing while the guns coming into our territory) most of the time we only see the police out in numbers after a crime(i do a commute into town each day and no police so those among us can easly move dope and guns) at end of the day the governor and the commissioner holds the responsibility for law enforcement(set of waste) when this territory had frequent police road blocks we had far less crime but Morris stop that procedure simply because to many white expats were being pulled over(talk that) now the crooks can roam around our county without fear of being intercepted(talk that)....
      • Online Now (18/12/2016, 11:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are still pathetic. Blame the people perpetuating the crimes not those trying to prevent.
        • wize up (18/12/2016, 16:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ online now: in my almost 60 years "pathetic" is one of the best things anyone has ever said to me and I wish you a safe holiday season....keep trying !!!!
          • Online Now (18/12/2016, 17:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
            I wish you had read and understood the rest of the post. Seasons greetings!
            • wize up (18/12/2016, 19:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
              @ online now: you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar: what you ment for evil I see the good; that is why is can wish you a very joyous Christmas(Not all of us are simple minded)
      • Wendy (18/12/2016, 18:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Home is where character building,the foundation of our earth's journey is made by parents /guardians. Having a more visible police force with road blocks and searches would,to an extent and for a time,possibly,decrease gun violence but wont cure the ailment which is the absence of strong character within a segment of a group in our community.
        Your prescribed solution will also require more uniformed manpower and equipment such as police cars and an armed police force. The budget to control and harness and control the " n"*****s" will never be large enough and societal expectations of Blacks as the criminal element in any given society will continue to be perpetuated and there will be no shortage of youths willingly and unwittingly to fulfill expectations. I am firmly committed to my belief that the propensity for crime is nurtured via failed parenting. Parenting and the characteristics of Tolians and their parenting skills have been diluted by ",what we know nothing about" and frankly,from my vantage point,....we need a miracle and immigration reform.
        • Online Now (18/12/2016, 19:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          Fantastic post. I hope people will read and understand and then start to realize they are the solution.
        • wize up (18/12/2016, 19:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ Wendy.. you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink(I know of children coming for good christian home and upstanding parents turned to a life of crime) so what is your point!!! All of us in this territory have a role to play so that seeking to make excuses(when you house is on fire you call the fire department then you expect a good response time from that Depatment) the police need to do a better job so you keep defending poor quality service(keep the faith)..we have children involved in criminal conduct while living in the same residents as active duty police officers: we have police officers before the magistrate for criminal conduct(keep blogging piss)...we have persons driving during the night without lights on cars(such simple offences going unchecked by law enforcement)
  • 'FaceUp (17/12/2016, 22:52) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI is a CaribbeanIsland where the dominant population is Black just like the other Caribbean Islands. The other Caribbean are killing fields where Blacks kill each other daily. Their head of police and thePolice and head of the country are black folksand murder is a predictable occurrence with frequency. So because the Gov here and head of poliice are Caucasian this is supposed to make the BVI a sanctuary? Well we tried but as expected,people are people. Leopards cannot change their spotsThe white kids here and other races are not shooting and thieving so look inward folks and search your hearts. YOU are the problem.You are your own nightmares.. Find your humanity ,accept responsibility and stop blaming .
  • strong (18/12/2016, 08:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to get tough on crime, we need a Trump style leader. The Brits are too Politically Correct to be effective, just look at the UK, it is over run by people from a culture not compatible with the West and the useless politicians do nothing.
    Get tough on crime, no messing around, no PC rubbish, the criminals are laughing at us.
  • let them kill each other (18/12/2016, 10:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
  • pat (18/12/2016, 11:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    if they were in the UK you think they would have gotten away with this?
  • Yes (19/12/2016, 21:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was at the governor's party and heard him picking on vino ha ha lol lol
    • Serious! (19/12/2016, 22:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @LOL. VINO giving the Governor nightmares. VINO has arrived. He will certainly remember VINO in his Legacy of the Virgin Islands. VINO is definitely a Force to reckon with. LOL! Keep up the Good work VINO. Take them (possible crime infested, you know who) down one by one.

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