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Is CoP David Morris interfering in an independent investigation?

Many police officers called our news room last week to complain that Commissioner of Police David Morris appears to be interfering in the “independent investigation”. They claimed this could be perceived in a letter he wrote to police officers and staff. Photo: VINO
David Morris (right) has had a rocky tenure as Commissioner of Police in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). The constabulary has been rocked with a long list of lawsuits against Morris over violation of police officers rights, and issues of fairness and not following the law when dealing with both police officers and the public. Photo: VINO/File
David Morris (right) has had a rocky tenure as Commissioner of Police in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). The constabulary has been rocked with a long list of lawsuits against Morris over violation of police officers rights, and issues of fairness and not following the law when dealing with both police officers and the public. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was late last year 2014 when Government announced that United Kingdom law enforcement officers were in the territory to conduct an independent investigation over alleged corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

The main focus was on five police officers, four on island and one overseas, from a now defunct ‘special investigation unit’ who were sent on leave pending an investigation into wrongdoing and allegation of criminal conduct.

Just recently the investigators asked for an extension in the Virgin Islands (VI) to complete their work. The extension further puts pressure on the Government coffers, according to this news site’s sources within the senior brass of the RVIPF.

Morris’ role in an independent investigation

Many police officers called our news room last week to complain that Commissioner of Police David Morris appears to be interfering in the “independent investigation”. They claimed this could be perceived in a letter he wrote to police officers and staff.

While it remains unclear, after reading the letter obtained by our news site and widely circulated on social networks, how they could claim that the controversial Morris maybe interfering in the investigation, it is important to note that of today January 13, 2015 all five officers are believed to have already been interviewed by the UK officers who came here for this purpose.

In his letter to the Force in which the Commissioner of Police dubbed the investigation “Operations Lucan”, he wrote “I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the entire Force that any officer or member of staff providing reliable intelligence or evidence to the Operation Lucan investigation will receive my full support and appreciation.”

Mr Morris, whose contract ends this year, went on to advise officers “I would sincerely urge any officer or member of staff with information that can assist the investigation to come forward, however, insignificant that information may seem.”

It remains unclear if critics of Morris see this appeal as a form of interference in what should be an independent investigation.

The UK-appointed Police Commissioner went on in his letter to the RVIPF to state that police officers “have my word that any officer or member of staff coming forward and providing information to the investigation team will be supported and will not be subject to discrimination or prejudice.”

The public has not been updated on the investigation or when it is expected to conclude, the cost, and who the recommendations would be sent to, or why the need for tax payers to be burdened with more UK Officers to conduct an investigation when there are people in the Caribbean and in the VI that could have carried out the same duties.

Morris having a rocky time in the VI

Mr Morris has had a rocky tenure as police boss. The constabulary has been rocked with a long list of lawsuits against Morris over violation of police officers rights, and issues of fairness and not following the law when dealing with both police officers and the public.

In the meantime, crime in the Virgin Islands has skyrocketed with some three homicides for 2014 in a small population with less than 29 thousand persons.

Morris and the National Democratic Party (NDP) continue to claim that crime is down.

25 Responses to “Is CoP David Morris interfering in an independent investigation?”

  • Just saying... (13/01/2015, 09:28) Like (13) Dislike (30) Reply
    there Morris goes again..its time for he to pack up!!!
    • WTF (13/01/2015, 12:02) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply

      actually i dont like Morris but i dont see what he has said or done wrong with this letter. 

      • Curious Mind (13/01/2015, 17:03) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
        I want to agree with you to some extent, but if the investigations is said to be "independent" of the Commissioner of Police then how can he be promising full support to those who participate in the investigations? That means he has some say as to who he will stand by or throw underneath the bus. I believe that that appeal should have come from the investigators and not the commissioner as it now gives the impression that it is not independent as we might want it to belief and who really believe that the investigations will be independent when the investigators were hand picked by the Commissioner to come and conduct the investigation? Certainly I don't buy that. Just my opinion.
  • DON Q (13/01/2015, 09:31) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    Poor david they would not allowed him to enjoy his vacation in the bvi!!!!
    • wize up (13/01/2015, 10:11) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
      yes; just messing with Morris vacation...what have he done; gun crime is up; during the night no police in road town..
  • Here goes (13/01/2015, 10:07) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Who do you really think you fooling, stop putting your foot in your mouth. Do the honorable thing.
  • west end police officer (13/01/2015, 10:46) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    Mr. Morris has lost his moral authority to run the force and have the respect of other officers and the government…He should know what to do NOW!
  • ABC (13/01/2015, 11:01) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
    This Commissioner is far too controversial He needs to pack his bag and head out. Unfortunately, until he is able to move to Miami we will have to put up with him.
    • wize up (13/01/2015, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      ABC; what is moving to Miami(he keeping it tropical; no more cold weather; he not going back to the UK!!!)
  • Ummm (13/01/2015, 11:26) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply

    the man is just trying to get persons to come forward with information on corrupt officers...

    • alpine (15/01/2015, 10:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      All the negative talks are all coming from the corrupted police officers who want to take control of the R.V.I P. force. These officers are a set of haters. But we the public knows better. The commissioner of police David Morris is doing an excellent job. Keep the good work up. I saw nothing wrong with what he had to say.
  • Basics (13/01/2015, 11:40) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    In response to all the haters here, it is normal practice to appeal to the public / Officers and staff for information with the caveat that it will be in confidence. I can not see how this interferes with the investigation. It actually assists.
    I know that the idea of giving information doesn't sit well with everybody in the BVI because of suspicion, relationships, small place etc, but as head of the RVIPF he has a duty to ask.
    If more people here were willing to stand up and give information much more could be achieved.
  • african (13/01/2015, 11:40) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    DM should fill his wallet, pack his bag and go with a smile on his face before he has blood pressure failure and more repetitional damage. He far too good for this place and has had his fun. The critics will be eating their words once he gone. Tola will then be just another lawless wild west Carib town.
  • staff (13/01/2015, 12:34) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    Ayo keep off morris them rude police officers trying to undetmind the poor man
    • morris, james and Nevin (13/01/2015, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      david M are in the news again. Nothing like a rerun of the Three Stooges
  • ---------------------- (13/01/2015, 16:45) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    Both morris and ndp must go!!!
  • Hmm (13/01/2015, 20:09) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    According to Morris the Investigation would have been independent. Why is Morris and the PWA involved? This can be construed as biasness. That's why he should not have written this letter. You mean after all this time he still talking about rumors. How much are they paying these people. Money could have been used to build a new high school. Or fix the roads riddled with potholes.
  • Boot Lickers (13/01/2015, 22:31) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    David Morris are you for real?, Your Deputy who you publicly supported to be the next Commissioner admonished score of officers who petitioned the Governor because you were hell bent on not doing anything about your famous officers. You have not done anything about your Deputy but you now telling me you will support me to come forward. How can I come forward when you allowed your Deputy to warn me. Sad Sad Sad
  • vip soldier (13/01/2015, 22:51) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    My trouble is understanding how a police commisinoer can completely neglect his current job in a attempt for a better do others own
  • rich man (13/01/2015, 22:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine this behavior in the private sector.
  • Truth (13/01/2015, 23:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    He has spent more time out of the BVI than in during the last year.
  • dd (13/01/2015, 23:21) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    How does DM know how things are going in the BVI? He is never in the home. This letter sounds like it was written on a private jet while daydreaming of what will never be.
  • staff (13/01/2015, 23:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    This whole crazy system should be banned forever. Give us B. brown
  • one eye roaster (14/01/2015, 13:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Things like this makes me wonder, don't David realize, that by such actions, they will only be hurting his own police


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