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Jacqueline E. Vanterpool @ helm of RVIPF would be a 'fantastic story'- CoP

- Michael B. Matthews says he has 'high hopes' once position is pursued by Ms Vanterpool
Superintendent at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Ms Jacqueline E. Vanterpool. Photo: Hezekiah E. Maddox/VINO/File
According to current Commissioner of Police, Mr Micheal B. Matthews, selecting the next Top CoP will not be a decision he will make. Photo: VINO/File
According to current Commissioner of Police, Mr Micheal B. Matthews, selecting the next Top CoP will not be a decision he will make. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With Superintendent at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Ms Jacqueline E. Vanterpool having some 27 years of service under her belt and now a place in the UK College of Policing’s prestigious Strategic Command Course (SCC), many have been speculating whether she is being primed to become the next local Commissioner of Police.

According to Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews, "Whoever the next Commissioner of Police is, will not be a matter that I'll have any part of, that's an independent process undertaken by our very capable Police Service Commission."

He noted; however, that Ms Vanterpool undertaking the Strategic Command Course will certainly put her on the road to the top spot in any force. 

SCC Course qualifies for the top spot 

"It basically does qualify you for future strategic command, in other words, the very top jobs within policing," CoP Matthews told Kenneth G. Gladstone on the October 22, 2019, edition of his radio show 'A Moment of Truth', on PSI Online Radio. 

He said the course to be pursued by Ms Vanterpool was a competitive process and is the highest command training that the UK police system provides to police commanders.

According to an October 11, 2019, release from the RVIPF, "the themes of the Strategic Command Course which will be held at The College of Policing based in Ryton-on-Dunsmore will be delivered through a combination of highly demanding strategic exercises such as," they said. 

In the UK, Ms Vanterpool will undertake courses in operational leadership, organisational leadership, personal leadership, including strategic partnership which will aim to develop and maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in public and private sector partnerships and collaborations.

'High hopes' 

While the top cop did not confirm that Ms Vanterpool is a top contender as his successor, he said "Superintendent Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, a BVIslander, spent her entire policing career here in the Virgin Islands Police Force. I think she's got 26-27 years service now in the force, she worked on Tortola, on Virgin Gorda, she's a well known local officer, very capable individual."

According to Mr Matthews, his hopes remain high that Ms Vanterpool can take over the RVIPF, "I think that it is a fantastic story for the force, it's a wonderful story for the Virgin Islands and particularly, I've known since day one of being here, there's a strong passion of Virgin Islanders to see local people progress." 

He said; however, all the training in the world does not necessarily make someone ready for the top job and that exposure and experience will also play a key.

Superintendent Vanterpool will attend the SCC programme from January 6 to March 23, 2020. Prior to that, she attended a six-week secondment to the United Kingdom (UK) in October of 2018.

19 Responses to “Jacqueline E. Vanterpool @ helm of RVIPF would be a 'fantastic story'- CoP”

  • Guy Hill. (29/10/2019, 13:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    With God ALL THINGS are possible.
  • jack (29/10/2019, 13:56) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    I would love to see this, she one of we!
    • @Jack (29/10/2019, 16:04) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      It would be wonderful. Not just because "she one of we", but because she's eminently qualified. Being "one of we" should only ever get someone to first base; being suitably qualified is what should bring the person home.
  • Adic (29/10/2019, 14:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good vibes.
  • Peaches (29/10/2019, 14:30) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    All the best, cuz. Put God first in everything.
  • jack (29/10/2019, 14:44) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply

    she needs to be the CoP now the w*** boy needs to go home

  • ha (29/10/2019, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good Story..... Agree with that. Just a good Story... Atlease start by having her acting as deputy when the deputy goes on vacation.... Or when u the commissioner goes on vacation...
  • Peaches (29/10/2019, 16:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Ms. Vanterpool. You are a beautiful and humble person and a Gem of the BVI. I wish you God’s blessings in all your endeavors and your career. I know you love your job very much and take your job very serious and you are a law abiding citizen. Please put God first in whatever you do or say. Blessing and protection be on you.
  • emotions (29/10/2019, 17:02) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    The problem is always whether the indigenous Cop will hesitate to lock up his or her family. All the Cuzs and auntie child and them. Will justic be taken seriously?
    • agreed (29/10/2019, 20:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      I totally agree. Cause even when some people commit crimes, their relatives who are aware of the crimes committed ....never speak up....why ??? Because it's their family, so imagine if a local cop has to arrest their own family member SMH
      • Actually (30/10/2019, 12:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Actually she had her own brother arrested. Seems like a very conscientious lady to me!
    • @emotions (30/10/2019, 01:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      And so will the expat cops sympathize with the expats who commit crimes and harrass or preasure the indegenous.
    • @emotions (30/10/2019, 01:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Using your analogy, it is better to have expats cops so that they lock up the indegenous while they let the expats commit the crimes without getting locked up. Either way it is good.
  • insider (29/10/2019, 20:53) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    A woman leading the force? I think not.
  • .Always (30/10/2019, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The expats always have an excuse why the indigenous should not be gainfully employed. They (the expats) are always better for the job for one reason or another. If you are not suppose to work in your own country, then you are being banished.
  • WCW (30/10/2019, 14:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to her, but my granny used to say "See me and come live with me is two different things." I leave this right here.

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