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More UK Police officers on the ground

- Paves way for locals to be trained as Homicide Detectives—Top COP
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: Provided
The presence of the UK Officers is meant to pave the way for training for existing RVIPF members. Photo: VINO/File
The presence of the UK Officers is meant to pave the way for training for existing RVIPF members. Photo: VINO/File
Police Constable 248 Deonarine Persaud received the Commissioner's Award, Best at Police Subjects, Best Recruit and most Disciplined Student at the recent Passing Out Parade. Photo: VINO
Police Constable 248 Deonarine Persaud received the Commissioner's Award, Best at Police Subjects, Best Recruit and most Disciplined Student at the recent Passing Out Parade. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Funding from the United Kingdom (UK) is being used to import skilled officers into the Territory with some focusing on homicides and cold cases.

Just over a week ago a new batch of these officers were deployed to commence working as part of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) team.

Supporting Roles 

This is according to information released recently by Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews, who explained this as being a part of the force’s recruitment process.

"It’s not a case of UK Detectives coming in and solving everything…This is a case of UK Detectives coming in as a support role in addition to my local officers, to achieve the results that we've started to see.”

The fourth such deployment started on Monday October 1, 2018 and runs for three months that will finish just before Christmas.

The Top COP further explained, "we will review to see do we need to continue that initiative into 2019 or are we going to be in a stronger position to start boosting our detection numbers ourselves as a result of this new recruitment process."

Homicide Detectives

Recapping the past year, Mr Matthews said the force has enjoyed additional support from experienced homicide Detectives throughout the year. This led to the present situation.

"What that’s led to, is that many of our officers have had the time to not only receive proper training, training that was long overdue in many respects but also have had time to play catch up."

He said the Virgin Islands (VI) government has granted permission to recruit more officers into the force and actually increase the overall numbers.

Batches of 15

"This year we're recruiting 15 more officers and again next year we'll do the same and recruit another 15 officers and again the following year with another 15."

A part of this is about increasing the number of homicide Detectives permanently in the Territory, he said.

 "So the more officers I bring in at the recruiting level, the more sort of experienced officers we can start to free up from other duties and train them to be Detectives.”

Red Snapper

He said too, "as an interim measure what we did was through the funding of the UK, we approached a company called Red Snapper based in the UK and they've been providing us with six at a time, experienced homicide Detectives to come here into the Territory and work alongside my existing team."

"They come under my command, they come under the command of our Detectives here and I actually work hand in glove with them."

Mr Mathews explained that when he came to the VI back in 2016, one of the very first things that was raised with him was gun crimes and homicide.

Progress

"And we're making in-roads now…I can see that progress is being made…That's a positive thing for the security of this Territory and the safety of our citizens…It also of course is a positive thing for the families of the victims who want answers too as to why their loved ones were taken from them in such a violent manner."

10 Responses to “More UK Police officers on the ground ”

  • ABC (08/10/2018, 07:20) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    More in the mota
  • Smith (08/10/2018, 09:12) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The police needs to have more foot patrol. The first line of security is presence and more stop and s
  • Inner Brass (08/10/2018, 10:02) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    With 49 unsolved homicides to deal with their hands are full. Google luck.
  • Inner Brass (08/10/2018, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With 49 unsolved homicides to deal with their hands are full. Google luck.
    • @Inner Brass (09/10/2018, 10:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seem to me that you have been there for a long time. You Sir/Madam, have failed us. You quickly quoted 49 unsolved Homicides to deal with it therefore, it is your failure that has caused these UK Police Officers to be on the ground. If you truly cared about this territory you would have welcome the assistance of any help whatsoever to reduce the number of unsolved crimes you seem proud to quote.
  • Windy (08/10/2018, 10:03) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hope this is in preparation of going back to colonialism.
  • LOL (08/10/2018, 10:23) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    If you think one of them little boys and girls going to take me in you lied to yourself
  • Bull Dawg (08/10/2018, 14:07) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess you are planning to do some crimes. Believe it or not you may be the first one to get catch.
    Don't forget that small axe cut down big trees.
  • wize up (09/10/2018, 10:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    whatever happened to that slogan forward ever backwards never: when I contrast the 70s to 2018 I personally suspect that we gone backwards: when I went primary school and high school we always teachers from though out however most of key post in this territory were held by VI-People: this place began slipping way from its people from the ending of 1999.....
  • Good! (09/10/2018, 20:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I welcome the help in the territory. Many of the police in the force are corrupt and incompetent. It’s all about the paycheck which is pretty low and therefore so is their performance. Many of the officers who are placed on patrol are physically unfit to run after anyone. The public is stopping criminals as officers arrive much later at the scene of the crime with handcuffs. Days later the embarrassment of it all compels the officers to ponder if the public should be arrested for treatment of criminals at the time of restraint. Get up off your butts and do your jobs more affectively or good home! The public is willing to help at times but not always. Welcome aboard UK!!


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