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‘I want to see a local CoP in 6 months! – Edmund G. Maduro

- said the people of the VI must be allowed to manage their own affairs
Social and political commentator Edmund G. Maduro has raised his voice in protest against the occupation of the head of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force being an expatriate from the United Kingdom and has given six months for the situation to be remedied. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police David Morris. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police David Morris. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Social and political commentator Edmund G. Maduro has raised his voice in protest against the occupation of the post of Commissioner of Police in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force by an expatriate from the United Kingdom and has made a call for this situation to be remedied.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I am still wondering why we have a man all the way from the UK as head of our police force," he said, speaking on his EGM Show aired on Thursday June 18, 2015 on ZROD 103.7 FM.

UK Caucasian David Morris now occupies the post of Commissioner of Police after acting in the position for some time.

How did we lose it?

“We need our own people to be involved in these matters. We need our own people to be our security men. We had it. How did we lose it?” Maduro asked. “I want to see our own Chief of Police inside there within the next six months and stop all of this nonsense. Stop destroying our own people,” he said.

Pointing out that he was not saying this to hurt present Commissioner of Police David Morris, Maduro said that it is the right of the people of the Virgin Islands to manage and run their own country.

He said that a friend told him recently that the "biggest piece of foolishness" that he has seen is the territory allowing police from all over the world to come and run the security sector.

“And I am asking our Premier to make every sector of our police force managed by our own people and run by our own people and headed by our own people,” he said.

It was in July 2013 that then Governor William Boyd McCleary announced that from September 1, 2013 Morris would be taking over as Commissioner of Police in what was described as a race-based controversial move which drew disapproval from many quarters in the society.

Both Morris and McCleary have faced many court cases brought on by fellow police officers, ordinary citizens, and civil servants, ranging from alleged rights violation, violation of the constitution, challenge to decisions made by them under their powers, and unfair dismissals.

21 Responses to “‘I want to see a local CoP in 6 months! – Edmund G. Maduro”

  • Keep Talking (22/06/2015, 08:20) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    Edmond Top Cop is not our problem--our problem is our own. Our Own elected Politicians that oppressing us. Why don`t you talk about our high medical fees, or maybe you at the age of getting free care, or talk about, all those business closures and the ineffectiveness of labour.....So much...Top Cop is the lease of our problems
    • annie (22/06/2015, 13:09) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      least, not lease
    • so right (22/06/2015, 16:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Keep talking. You are so right he is interfering in not so useless things and leave the important things to talk about. He so want to talk and be notice that darn old man
  • fish (22/06/2015, 08:40) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    But the dcp is not from here either
  • i from here (22/06/2015, 09:12) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who the hell this man think he is Mr 86 votes ???????????????
    • @ifromhere (22/06/2015, 10:43) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      Yes, 86 times votes. That is 85 more than 1. And, who do you think you are? The last time I checked, we are all mortal souls and not one of us could tell the angel of death flee when he comes at us. So haul tail go.
  • right (22/06/2015, 09:24) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    So yes, let's get a COP with political and blood ties to the entire BVI, that would be real justice. SMH!
    • ties (22/06/2015, 13:12) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Most of the cops in the force does not have blood ties and there is a a lot of injustice happening especially to locals. People are even afraid to give them information.
  • bvi (22/06/2015, 09:30) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    all you can rant and prant as much all you want, the power is in the hands of the governor to appoint COP, local government is powerless when comes to that, dont you guys know that, the police force is under the governor's portfolio, mother UK will always send one of their own to be incharge, there were two locals as COP and it was two mocks, never will it happen again.
  • Music (22/06/2015, 09:58) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Morris is from UK but he is not pure white. You folks must be the most xenophobic in the world, whether it be from here, not from here, black, white, brown, yellow. None of us are from here, unless you can dig up a few Caribs in Belmont! If you get a home grown chief you will only try to drag him down from doing his job properly, without fear or favour. Anyway I believe his contract is up next month, so he may be gone. Then maybe you can try and say that your comments brought about his departure! Not!!!
    How would you like a really black UK COP? Would that satisfy you?
  • Psychologist (22/06/2015, 10:09) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply

    Edmund, I don't know where you get your idea from; your talk show program is a good initiative, and the airwaves are broad but expensive. Please don't use the airwaves to voice nonsense.

    Get to the nuts of the issues affecting the Territory. BVIslanders don't want to become law enforcers and you should know that being an old man at your age. Why? Because they want an 8-4 job that they can leisure around and play on the weekend. Above all, some of them are just raised lawless and want to indulge in criminality.

    Edmund you should look at how the government is ill-treating its citizens, feeding them like dogs after three and a half years to get back in power. And what's worse, the gullibles swallow the bait, hook line and sinker.

    Look at the conditions of the roads now left after the politics; undone, unplanned; mismanaged and bumpy. but the Cabinet has not changed. It seems like the ministers are now busy looking for their papers they hid in banker boxes in case they had been kicked out.

    Look at the conditions of the Police Station, Edmund, they are the same stations in the same state of long ago for the same amount of years that you knew the people who occupied them. Watch a thing Edmund, and tell me if the Government is interested in Law Enforcement and National Security.

    The Central Admin Complex has cracks Edmund. Did you see them; Are they a risk factor for the seemingly thousands who make use of administrative services? Is not the building erected on landfill, more so close to the sea? How many engineers have done an assessment on the structure Edmund to see whether it can withstand another year, let alone five? What is the grade of steel being used in structural engineering around the island for those superstructures Edmund.

    What about UP's Cineplex and the contamination it creates in the mid of town with all the grease. what about the alleged illegal structure itself.

    there are so many burning issues Edmund, my point exactly. Why find beef about the Top Cop

  • Yes (22/06/2015, 10:24) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes, because the last COP did an excellent job, especially when it came to drug dealings. Further, we complain about lack of locals holding positions, but if my memory serves me right, the last local COP served for years and years. Why didn't he ensure that locals were forming the ranks and being prepared to take over? Edmund we are our own worst enemy which is proven time and time again.
  • wize up (22/06/2015, 10:26) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    when ever I hear persons like maduro it makes me want to cry; maduro was one of the founding lawmakers of our country ( former chief immigration) while in this post the man did nothing to improve legislation for the good of the people)
  • just saying.. (22/06/2015, 11:29) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
    Stoutt for cop
  • Ex-pat (22/06/2015, 13:02) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give Morris another two contracts and double his money, he clean up this place real good. Better the devil you know!
    • Simone Ohmonique. (22/06/2015, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Ok 32 Unsolved murders in the last 25 years. BVI doing great here huh.
  • British (22/06/2015, 13:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maduro can you read? BRITISH virgin islands; ROYAL vipf!!
  • NICK (22/06/2015, 13:59) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    maduro,don't you think this place got enough corruption already.on a small island like tortola,the top cop have to be an outsider to avoid conflicts of interest.
  • voter (22/06/2015, 18:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    Headline should read "BVIslanders don't want to hear anything out of Maduro's mouth" Since when this guy is an authority on anything to be making these kind of pronouncements? His opinion is based on what? misplaced xenophobia? This COP is doing his job without fear and who actually is the local who will replace him in 6 months? please close your pie hole
  • 123 (22/06/2015, 20:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    does people still listen to this mad man

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