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Motorists can be charged up to 6 months after traffic offence - 'Super cop'

- says then it is up to the court to do its job & take action
Noting that officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have up to 6 months to report and issue and then charge for traffic violations, Traffic Officer Glen Callwood aka 'Super cop' says it is up to the court to do its job and take further action. Photo: Facebook
Officer Glen Callwood was at the time speaking on the Thursday, October 24, 2019, edition of JTV's “The Big Story” with host Cathy O. Richards, where he was detailing several challenges facing the Force with regards to traffic violations. Photo: Facebook
Officer Glen Callwood was at the time speaking on the Thursday, October 24, 2019, edition of JTV's “The Big Story” with host Cathy O. Richards, where he was detailing several challenges facing the Force with regards to traffic violations. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Many road users may not know that officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have up to six months to report and charge for traffic violations. And, according to well known traffic officer Glen Callwood aka 'Super cop', it is then up to the court to do its job and take further action.

"If you can identify the driver, the motorcycle, those traffic violations, you have six months to approach someone for... I could probably meet you three-four months from now, I could just approach you, identify myself to you and let you know what I see you done and when I see you done it and I could just inform you [I am] going to report you,” he said.

Mr Callwood was at the time speaking on the Thursday, October 24, 2019, edition of JTV's “The Big Story” with host Cathy O. Richards, where he was detailing several challenges facing the RVIPF with regards to traffic violations. 

Magistrate has to do job

He said after reports are made and charges laid, it is up to the magistrate to act on the report.

“I am one of the officers who if I tell you I have reported you and I have charged you in my opinion I have done my job. So when it is left for the court, they have their part to play,” the officer said. 

Mr Callwood also noted in the past the RVIPF has used the method of clamping down on law-breakers, and in the case of motorcycle riders, cease their bikes, long after the offence.

Officer Callwood reaffirmed that in the case of public complaints, once they can lead to an investigation, action will be taken. He also noted that for both motorcycles and other motor vehicles crossing the solid line, it is not a ticketable offence but rather one that takes you straight to the court.

"I give a lot of breaks" - Super Cop

The officer also refuted claims that he does not 'give breaks'. "I give a lot of breaks, but no one comes forward and say when they get their break," he said.

The officer said in several cases he issues warnings and persons mistake it for tickets. "I like my job, I take pride in the work I do. I'm just following the law and what the law gives me permission to do," he said.

7 Responses to “Motorists can be charged up to 6 months after traffic offence - 'Super cop'”

  • Diaspora (30/10/2019, 10:58) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Though it may be the law that charges can be filed up to ) months after being cited for a traffic violation(s), nonetheless, justice delayed is justice denied. Long delays in adjudicating cases doubly penalize motorists accused of violating a traffic law. Do motorists have the choice of paying a fine instead of waiting 6 months to go before a magistrate. I’m sure magistrates have a slate of more serious cases to try.
  • It's True (30/10/2019, 11:00) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Supa Cop has given me a few breaks and I've witnessed him just warn people to get back in line
  • John (30/10/2019, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Some of these officers are really vicious, they charge people wrongful.
  • Interesting (30/10/2019, 11:56) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    The traffic cops are few and far between; not around when needed most of the time.
    Where are they at 8 am; even 8:30 am when people are cutting across lanes around the roundabout??
    What about illegal turns by UMI??
    How about big dump trucks with the back open and debris flying all over the place??
    Who is responsible and who do you call when concrete trucks drive up Sleepy Hill and leave it's content on the road, making the road a mess to say the least? Traffic?? No one does a thing.

    Law enforcement in the BVI is a JOKE!

    • Legal tender (30/10/2019, 14:52) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Interesting. Do you know that you also have a part to play? You witness something, say something. You can lodge a report against a traffic violator. So please do your part.
  • badness (30/10/2019, 16:36) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    U could tell me somthing that happen 6 month ago and say in me without a video or picture impossible
  • More Breaks (30/10/2019, 19:51) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Nobody got more Breaks than this guy. From his record he should have had some sikeatric help and evaluation before he was was reinstated back as a police. Lets not forget!


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