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Man accuses female officer of wanting to be a ‘Supa Cop’

- alleged that the officer wrongfully tried to arrest him for a ticketable offense
Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are being accused of making it hard for murders and other types of crime to be solved because they cannot be trusted. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews has reminded that there is a published and recognised complaints procedure where the public may report any wrongdoing by sworn police officers. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews has reminded that there is a published and recognised complaints procedure where the public may report any wrongdoing by sworn police officers. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several persons have complained that officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are making it hard for murders and other types of crime to be solved because they cannot be trusted.

The was the concern of one caller to this news site just yesterday March 14, 2017 who complained bitterly about allegedly being wrongfully arrested and ticketed by police. “They are their own enemies and nothing will get done easily because we cannot trust them,” said the male caller.

Female officer has ‘issues’

The man explained that he felt targeted by traffic cops as one tried hard to have him arrested for an alleged ticketable offense. “I was not wrong, they claimed that I didn’t indicate when attempting to cross lane and if the Heavenly Father could come down and testify on my behalf he would tell the truth that I was flashing my indicator long before I even started to pull over to the other lane,” the man explained.

He further alleged that as he calmly tried to explain to the officers, one of which was a female (name provided) he was accused of not cooperating and arguing and was threatened with arrest. “That woman has issues…she got issues [and] she out there taking vengeance on people.”

“I have a $200 ticket for something I am not guilty of, I could lose over $1000 if I decide to go challenge it in court and in the same light waste a lot of the court’s time that could be spent fighting so many other serious crimes they have to deal with.”

Calling on the CoP

The man claimed he attempted to bring the matter to the attention of the Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews but was unsuccessful.

“But I want to call on the Commissioner of Police, I tried calling his office but I was always told he was not available to speak to me. I am one of many persons who need to urge the Commissioner to pull that woman (name called) from the streets, have her access refresher training because, Commissioner, so many people can’t be telling a lie on her. She lies and also calls herself a Christian.”

According to the man, the Commissioner defends his officers but he needs to see the other side of the coin.

“He has to give complainants satisfaction, not to have them go to the courts for justice. There are issues he can use discretion and give people some satisfaction. There is that woman officer (name called) that seems like she wants to become recognised as a Supa Cop too but the way is not to pin offences on innocent people… she needs to stop it.”

Lack of trust an individual issue- CoP

Responding to the allegations, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews reminded that there is a published and recognised complaints procedure where the public may report any wrongdoing by sworn police officers.

“Our complaints department will be happy to speak in confidence on any such matters. I encourage any members of the community who are not satisfied with the service they receive from the RVIPF to use the complaints procedure - we can only improve by learning from our public about our service. That is not a judgement about any of my officers but a willingness for the force to always look to improve.”

As for lack of trust in the police Mr Matthews said “that is an individual issue for the person concerned. I find it hard to believe they cannot find one officer in the current 200 that they can trust. We of course have our Crimestoppers line which is independent of the force and information can be given anonymously.”

The top cop noted that there is also a civic duty on all citizens to report what they know, especially in relation to major crimes. “It is not the sole responsibility of the police; however, I do recognise there is more work required to create greater trust and confidence in local policing if we are to enjoy a successful partnership with our communities.”

26 Responses to “Man accuses female officer of wanting to be a ‘Supa Cop’”

  • GOOD GOING! (15/03/2017, 11:41) Like (37) Dislike (55) Reply
    Female Officers. Keep up the good-work. Woman Power!
    • Comment (16/03/2017, 01:18) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      More than half of the female officers act like they have a chip on his shoulder and should not be employed with the department. I can remember when a female officer lied in court over a traffic violation on me. 'A simple traffic violation' so why should we trust the police? To many crooked cops in the BVI commissioner ...try solving the crimes they commit against the people of the BVI.
  • abuse of power (15/03/2017, 11:45) Like (24) Dislike (30) Reply
  • ccc (15/03/2017, 11:52) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    2 sides
  • The TRUTH (15/03/2017, 11:53) Like (27) Dislike (13) Reply
    There are 3-sides to any story. We heard his side; we need to hear the female officer's side, and then we can decern the truth. In my opinion, some of these men in our society- don't want to be corrected by no woman because of their chauvinistic ways, but times are changing before their very eyes. Get over it and get with the times!
    • @ The TRUTH (16/03/2017, 01:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am a female and I can testify that a female officer did something similar to me. 'Times has not changed that much for the worse that we need that kind of corruption in the police force'.
  • Welsah (15/03/2017, 12:00) Like (32) Dislike (19) Reply
    For years, men here have been insulting and treating our female officers like they don't belong in the police force. Now in these modern times, the female officers are finally asserting themselves and holding their own, these men are crying like baldheaded funny men sissies.
  • Gosh man! (15/03/2017, 12:06) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    Da#n if you do and Da#n if you don't! What the h#ll do we want in this lawless place? Gosh!
  • wize up (15/03/2017, 12:20) Like (19) Dislike (20) Reply
    we now live in a BVI where some of us can insult the elected officials but you can't speak to loud around the police because you will be beaten....I had an encounter with one up to day but he got the message quickly so he backup.....the commissioner of police having is department beating up some people for petty stuff while his department continue to demonstrate its inability to solve major crime or apprehend criminals(we have killers) live among us but persons being arrested for traffic offenses(talk that)...take a long hard look at modern day BVI(we quick to gun down our own people; we quick to stand in house of assembly and trade insults )while the territory going to hell in a hand basket: the same members of the public the police beating up then expect to have a harmonious relationship with them
  • Woman (15/03/2017, 12:46) Like (20) Dislike (14) Reply
    I'm with you all the way officer. He thought because you are a woman, he could get over on you. Woman to Woman, if I disobey traffic rules, slap that ticket on me. It is not personal it is business.#WOMANPOWER. We women has been taking advantage of for to long.
  • Yasssss (15/03/2017, 12:51) Like (20) Dislike (17) Reply
    Big baby, man go pay the ticket and stop complaining. Yes officer, I'm on your side. You were only doing your job. He is just angry because a woman give him the ticket. Hereeeeee this men, sisters are doing it these days BoBo.
  • IPCC (15/03/2017, 12:55) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    What is the BVI equivalent for independent police complaints? Be it male or female in the event that we the public have concerns with whom do we seek recourse without severe financial distress? Myrum lets hear you on this one since you a supposed lawyer...........
  • Ms. Diva (15/03/2017, 13:37) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    I too is on the officer side. Agreed, he is just disgruntled because a W.O.M.A.N give him a ticket. For to long, men think they are superior to us and we should sit back like some damn Susie Homemaker barefoot and pregnant, mouths shut and can't speak up for ourselves. Well times have change Mr. I'm mad a woman issue me a ticket. Go stroke your male chauvinist ego dude.
  • fellow officer (15/03/2017, 13:41) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    I know its no one but that black one I saw her deal with a young man recently and they are abusing their power and then they want help after like its cool , we all well know that the report wouldn't make it a place if one is made against an officer so stop fooling the people top cop then you want the same people assistance afterwards with solving things, news flash you will wait on it
  • All I have to say (15/03/2017, 13:48) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    This same disrespect so many men treat our female police officers with in public, is the same way NDP treat their female members in the party. No wonder we can't do no better.
  • Come On! (15/03/2017, 14:02) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    We know he was probably mouthing-off at the officer thinking it's ok to do it because of her gender. Let it had been one of those serious looking male officers, he would have treat him differently. Now that he has gotten allittle roughing up by a female, he all acting innocent like a little crying baby who needs to be bre~st-fed.
  • 2 sides (15/03/2017, 14:46) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    one day will be theres to all crowed cops..... an u see how she look like she falll out an ugly tree
    • ::::: (15/03/2017, 17:35) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
      @2sides, that is all you have to say? Do you think she care what you have to say? You men can't stand to have your egos stroked by a woman. Sista hood= Strong Women. You all are lucky I am not the female cop giving out the tickets. You park crocked, you getting a ticket, your wheels touching the sidewalk you getting a ticket.
  • wize up (15/03/2017, 16:50) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    those of us who condoning police abuse in this small territory:I hope when these abusive pigs beat up your children you blog and be happy(it's only when the the reality of the matter hits home we understand the issue)...
    • Outlaw (15/03/2017, 19:49) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

      Wize up you should really change your name to dumb @$$. Were you really a police as you often want to make people believe. Well if you were, you had no real purpose as a member of the RVIPF. People lets get serious, are these haters really saying or suggesting that because the police have to deal with them when they broke the law for minor infractions, that they don't trust the police to give information when greater crime occurs. Well if that's the case, we are really, really hopeless. Let me say this again, withholding information that you have about serious crime because the police had to deal with you at some point for breaking the law, will never hurt the police. It will only hurt the families of the victims, the whole territory and yourself in the long run. Therefore it makes no sense for you all to try and put up a smoke screen about not trusting police. If you all think murder in this territory is a police problem them continue with your all foolish ass nonsense that you all don't trust police. The police cannot turn a blind eye to minor infractions because if they do, those same minor things will surely lead to greater and then we have a real serious problem on our hand. Wize up I can always see the bitterness in you against the police because you feel you should have still been a member but you have passed the age and after over 25 years you could have only reach the rank of sergeant, so it means you wasn't really serving any real purpose so there was no need to have you stay on. If you think that you have what it takes to solve the crimes here, go and form your own private investigations company and see how much business you will get. Policing is not trying to fix AC units or old fridges

      • wize up (15/03/2017, 22:52) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
        @ outlaw: You sound rather upset because in your brain beating up members of the community is good police tactics...please blog what you know and not what you think: I recall the days of less police and far less crime: I am not your problem call your Commissioner and vent your frustration I have no responsibility for law enforcement in our country(you keep the faith and share info with the police)....I share whatever can with the Police
        • Outlaw (16/03/2017, 06:43) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          @wize up, you really living in the past talking about in the days, joker the population has increased, the territory has grown in economic strength, criminals has up their game so you really cannot compare back then to now. You are not my problem at all, what is my problem is the rubbish you come here at times to post and I really hate to know you was a police as you claimed.
  • ... (16/03/2017, 07:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    too much talking less fighting of crime!!!
  • de silent one (17/03/2017, 06:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wish that our police officers could exercise more discretion in the execution of their duties,Supa cop/police cannot give every body a ticket and making an arrest should be the last resort. Their are other ways to pursue action against any offender weather its traffic or otherwise. They have to be more outreaching in building and maintaining a relationship with the public in order to get meaningful help in dealing with other serious matters.

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