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Hundreds descend on RT Police Station for Police Clearance Certificates

- RVIPF says it has prepared for expected large increase in requests but asks for public’s patience
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is seeing a huge increase in applications for police clearance certificates at Road Town Police Station, owing to the residency and belongership regularisation programme, which started today, May 13, 2019 and ends on May 31, 2019. Photo: VINO
Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, left, has asked the public for patience as the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) experiences an influx of applications for police clearance certificates. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, left, has asked the public for patience as the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) experiences an influx of applications for police clearance certificates. Photo: VINO/File
Meanwhile, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had previously stated that the Immigration Department will go through a period of training and new temporarily recruitment to handle the forecasted increase workload projected to come from the regularisation initiative. Photo: VINO/File
Meanwhile, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had previously stated that the Immigration Department will go through a period of training and new temporarily recruitment to handle the forecasted increase workload projected to come from the regularisation initiative. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the Department of Immigration prepares to receive applications from persons residing 15 years or more in the territory and wishing to regularise themselves through the Government's ‘fast track initiative’, which closes on May 31, 2019, the rush is on to get the necessary required documents, including police clearance certificate.

This news site was informed that more than 400 persons turned up this morning at the Road Town Police Station to make their application for a police clearance certificate.

Some persons were reportedly at the police station since 6:00 am today, May 13, 2019.

A police clearance usually takes 10 working days to process, however, applicants for the ‘fast track initiative; have 15 working days to get their documents sorted and handed in.

Process slow

A number of persons who visited the Police Station this morning for the purpose of applying for a police clearance certificate complained to this news site about the “slow” pace of receiving applications and were worried as to whether the certificates would be processed in time.

According to one person, the Road Town Police Station was open for business at 9:00am and by 10:30am only 5 persons had received service.

“Someone needs to make the public aware of this and why did they not make provisions knowing how many people are trying to do this before the deadline,” a woman told Virgin Islands News Online.

‘Be patient with us’- CoP Matthews

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, who is currently out of the Territory on leave, told the media on Friday, May 10, 2019, that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is working very hard to process the police checks that must accompany such applications.

“I would ask individuals to be patient. We are seeing a significant increase in the number of police checks required, which is understandable, and we have put on additional staff to process the applications. Indeed in one day alone, we processed over 100 police checks in support of applications,” Mr Matthews said.

The police check, according to CoP Matthews, is a crucial part of ensuring that persons applying for citizenship in the Virgin Islands have been checked thoroughly in terms of their backgrounds and not a matter that can be rushed.

“But we will, of course, make every effort to process each application as quickly as possible, but I would ask for those that are waiting, to bear with us. Have a little bit of patience, my team is working very very hard to support this initiative and to make sure that these people who wish to take advantage of this current situation made available by the Government are able to do so as quickly as possible.”

Police Media Liaison, Diane Leonard-Drayton also confirmed to this news site today, May 13, 2019, that additional staff have been put in place to handle the influx of applications for the police clearance certificates.

Meanwhile, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had previously stated that the Immigration Department will go through a period of training and new temporary recruitment to handle the increase workload projected to come from the regularisation initiative.

22 Responses to “Hundreds descend on RT Police Station for Police Clearance Certificates”

  • Hmm (13/05/2019, 12:54) Like (42) Dislike (13) Reply
    Police records from these individuals home countries, should also be mandatory!
    • wize up (13/05/2019, 14:40) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
      @ Hmmm: great idea but some of these folks are so skilful you won’t be able to tell the difference between the real document and the forged document: when certain documents are present that department should make a long distance call to confirm how valid such document is: we have to very careful a number of nationals are deported from the USA are ending up in the British Virgin Islands: our homeland security is very slack any and all documents when presented are fully accepted without any cross reference
    • NB (13/05/2019, 15:37) Like (33) Dislike (7) Reply
      When We initially came here, a police clearance from our homeland was required. If we have been living here continuously for the past 15 years and over how is a police record from the homeland still necessary? Ya'll carry on with the efforts and suggestions to make this difficult.
      • Ccb (14/05/2019, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        What part of "living here for the past 15 years and contributing to the territory" don't you understand? Do you seriously think someone is going to commit a crime in another country, move to the BVI legally, spend 15 years as an upstanding citizen, jump through all the numerous hoops to become a belonger, and then immediately start murdering and looting? Delusional.
      • Angie (16/05/2019, 08:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        N.B Couldn't agree with you more .
    • soo (13/05/2019, 17:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agreed with you 100%
  • ? (13/05/2019, 12:58) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Begins receiving applications!?!? I queued this morning to submit mine and they told me they are not accepting them until the 27th!
  • Police Certificates (13/05/2019, 13:25) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Get them online. All that's done is a comparison to criminal dbase it should take 5mins.
  • wize up (13/05/2019, 13:37) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
    why when some folks enter the territory they have such great expectation: you have been waiting for 15 years what is another 15 minutes: elsewhere one calmly and patiently sit and wait until being served: it takes substantial manpower to move expeditiously(we are just 22 square miles) be thankful
  • What a ting (13/05/2019, 13:52) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rat race, this is a rat race
  • why police record (13/05/2019, 14:41) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    why police record when I get my passport ALLREADY
  • bvi to the bone (13/05/2019, 15:32) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
    I am not in favour of this. Sorry. Look what my country came to..smh
  • cgb (13/05/2019, 16:18) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Regarding the huge amounts of people applying for police reports, I have a question. Why do those of us who are in business here with work permits and trade licenses for the last 22 years why are we having to reapply for a police report. Been there done that. That is just compounding the problem. Can someone please address this? This might lighten the load on the police applicants .
    • grasshopper (13/05/2019, 19:03) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Hello CGB/you have to reapply because that is a requirement why you feel you bigger than the system what does your 22 years prove when you go elsewhere you follow the regulations why some of you come here and bent on tell us how to run this little rock when u go USA your mouth shut and humble like a Lamb
    • True (13/05/2019, 21:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      you might have a record in the BVI, that's why they want the Police report
  • me again (13/05/2019, 17:02) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Applications are not being accepted until 27th - 31st along with payment fee. I don’t understand why I have to wait and I have all my documentation already. Can you imagine the chaos and confusion when Immigration opens on 27th. 5 days only you have to submit and pay. Hope police and security will be hired.
    • wize up (13/05/2019, 17:35) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ me again: just a question(who send call you)
    • Nenz (13/05/2019, 18:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You wait, they’ll only let one person in to pay at a time during those five days....it’s a way to limit the amount of applications coming in. I can’t think of any other reason! There will be people lining up from mid night! It will be absolute chaos.
  • Ben-Franklin (13/05/2019, 22:53) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    the United States Currency is what attracts some folks here the day the dollar changes to the EC Dollar loads of them simply pickup and leave..this little group of islands continue to cause so much excitement all over the spending of the USD
    • Outsider (14/05/2019, 20:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s also the official currency of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
      But not many people are attracted to that beautiful place...
  • NDP Slippery (14/05/2019, 00:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP drop the ball. They failed us badly. We who can vote gave them maximum support. Maximum votes. ..NDP is now dead and bury. It Takes a bad failure by VIP to resurrect them.... That's why I don't like the fight with Mark.. They will lose.. They may just Resurrect NDP if this continue...
    • Bone Dice (14/05/2019, 08:33) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ NDP....no one in their right mind can defend NDP. That political party plunged and rape the people’s money for eight years.


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