Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 direct/can also WhatsApp same number or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com;                               ads call 1-284-440-6666                               live coverage of football: cbn-television channel 101 on flow tv: online live www.cbnvirginislands.com

New CoP Mark Collins will be sworn in April 19, 2021- CoP Matthews

- Outgoing Commissioner Matthews said he has started handover
The Virgin Islands new Commissioner of Police, United Kingdom native Mr Mark Collins, will be taking over the reins of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) on April 19, 2021. Photo: n8research.org.uk
Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews during his farewell interview on Tuesday, April 6 2021, with the host of the Honestly Speaking Radio Show, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline. Photo: Facebook
Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews during his farewell interview on Tuesday, April 6 2021, with the host of the Honestly Speaking Radio Show, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline. Photo: Facebook
No locals were 'prepared' to hold the post of Commissioner of Police in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
No locals were 'prepared' to hold the post of Commissioner of Police in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands new Commissioner of Police, United Kingdom native Mr Mark Collins, will be taking over the reins of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in a few days.

Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews made the announcement during his farewell interview on Tuesday, April 6 2021, with the host of the Honestly Speaking Radio Show, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline.

"I was in office this morning with my successor; I started my handover today," Matthews, who has been in the post for the past five years, said.

"He will be sworn in on Monday the 19th of April," he added.

Collins' appointment was made by former Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, acting in accordance with the advice of the Police Service Commission, in keeping with the procedure outlined in Section 97 of the Virgin Islands Constitution, order 2017.

Collins retired from UK this year 

Mr Collin's appointment in the Virgin Islands (VI) came as he retired as Chief Constable of the Dyfed Powys force in the UK.

The appointment came amidst community outcry that the Commissioner's post should be held by a local; however, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had said no locals were prepared for the job.

"The future belongs to the prepared, and this is why we have to continue to ensure that we prepare our people for all these jobs," Hon Fahie said on the Tuesday, January 12, 2021 edition of the Honestly Speaking show.

The Premier was at the time responding to questions from host Claude O. Skelton-Cline on whether a retired UK police was the best the territory could hire amidst a sea of local talent.

Looking forward to new role - Mr Collins 

Speaking previously on the appointment, Mr Collins said, "I very much look forward to starting my new role as Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, and serving the people of BVI."

The Governor said Mr Collins' leadership experience, in particular, will be valuable as the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force continues to build capacity among its leadership ranks.

Mr Collins, who was awarded the Queen's Policing Medal in the New Year's Honours List 2020, has also held the national portfolio on policing and mental health, and in more recent years, has also led UK policing in understanding and tackling group-based child sexual exploitation, according to Dyfed-Powys Police.

28 Responses to “New CoP Mark Collins will be sworn in April 19, 2021- CoP Matthews”

  • SMH (07/04/2021, 09:33) Like (4) Dislike (40) Reply
    Another white man!
    • robocop (07/04/2021, 10:35) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      How observant. Clearly the education system here is improving by the day
    • @ SMH (07/04/2021, 10:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      not so loud because more coming and who blame!!
      play the video went from 2 black locals right back into the fingers of white master(run tell 2 friends)
    • Rubber Duck (07/04/2021, 11:57) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      Another white man to Pepe at our big houses power boats and new cars
      • Rubber Duck (07/04/2021, 14:23) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
        If you want to be me, try at at least to learn English.
        • @ rubber duck (07/04/2021, 19:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

          Thanks for your opinion, Now please crawl back under your white privilege about a dam blog name

    • @SMH (07/04/2021, 11:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      "Another black man! is the readily conclusive thought when yet another crime is publicly announced and our dignity moral and character is further sullied. Same as when head of police was Black and local men.
      • Rubber Duck (07/04/2021, 14:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        The controllers of the trade ( and the country) are most likely to be Hispanic white men.
        • @rubber duck (07/04/2021, 15:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          Hispanic "White" men of the western hemisphere that are controllers of the trade and heads I f their respective countries, are most likely Hispanic "White looking"men. Their lineage traverse the Indian,Arawak,Taino and African to name some of the source of colored genetic heritage.
          Their cultural and culinary practices ...religion,music,and art are also identifiable evidence of their melanin infusion.
  • Colonial remnants (07/04/2021, 10:57) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    Just so tired of seeing the white faces of the enslavers' children in all the most powwerful positions of power and leadership, in our society, over us. It is so psychologically belittling.

    Are we not capable of running our own affairs? The colonial remnants must go!
    • @Colonial remnants (07/04/2021, 12:51) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Tired of seeing Black faces of the children of the previously enslaved who has chosen self enslavement by design. A seemingly self entitlement of desecration of the memories of ancestors. Deliberatrly we create and perpetuate the anhialation of mind body and spirit with handcuffs and imprisonment administered by the descendants of our former massas.
      Why do we refuse to let go of the colonial remnants of enslavement?
      • (07/04/2021, 18:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Self loathing and self hatred is the contributor to the need for UK direct oversight and management of our policemen and the islands crimes and criminals.
        A recently built prison now overcrowded and a host
        of unsolved murders. Our courtrooms are exclusively filled with black faces of the judges,the lawyers,the perpeteators,perpetrators, jury,the polucemen.Racism is nowhere in our caliphony of our brutality against our neighbors,our brothers and our sisters.
  • @ SMH (07/04/2021, 11:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    more coming
    • @@smh (07/04/2021, 13:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good..because I hear all the time that not enough police. how t h ey should l d be all over the place in en effort to deter and apprehend the criminals who look all look like us and to solve the lists of unsolved murders committed by those who too look like us and are ,in fact some of us.We create plenty work ,evidently too much for us to successfully handle The UK who is footing the bill must do what is necessary to protect and clean up its property.
    • No Tolerance. (07/04/2021, 16:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Be sure to weigh all options, concerns, considerations and reactions. Be assured, the average BVIslander will not tolerate any challenges to his current existence and way of life. They are not docile as their ancestors were.
    • @@smh (07/04/2021, 17:37) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Don't be so sure that you/they will win .Don't boast that victory of global power is yours to re-colonialize a people! Be forewarned, the people are not asleep.

      Your military might will subdue them, but the moral collateral would cause the end of your crusade.
  • Foots bros (07/04/2021, 12:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He looks like David Foot
  • Ya think...? (07/04/2021, 12:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was gonna say, “...we all look alike”, but I kind of see what you mean.
  • VG (07/04/2021, 12:43) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    How come we not marching on this? When we have locals who can do the job
    • TORTOLIAN (07/04/2021, 13:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      PLEASE GIVE US THEIR NAMES. DO YOU UNDERSTAND NO LOCAL DID APPLIED.
  • lol (07/04/2021, 12:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Foot went home changed his name and returned
  • Hope (07/04/2021, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hope he is more efficient than Matthews. Thank God he is gone.
    • V0TER #6 (07/04/2021, 13:44) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MATHEW? LET US KNOW.NOT JUST FOR TAKING. IM WAITING.
  • Why (07/04/2021, 14:26) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    can someone explain why in a predominantly black country does one see the need to fill these position with white men who know nothing about the people they are going to police, nothing about the culture of these islands and its people, don't they have any one who looks like us over there?
    • @Why (07/04/2021, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      The problem is there are not many that look like is in high position so the picking s are almost non existent. But not all skin folk are kin folk as they say. Remember even if a uk black commissioner of police was appointed he still has to answer to the Governor and UK. If he don't carry out their agenda things won't turn out well for him . So the best bet is to make sure we have one of our own.
    • @ why (08/04/2021, 11:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Jane - as a white British person, it is my view that the abject failure by successive Commissioners to mentor and develop local police leadership is symptomatic of structural racism within the RBVIPF. I do not say that individually, these white men have been racist (not in the burning crosses/wearing white hoods manner) but their white privilege and unconscious bias result in the failure to develop the talent around them. Such development takes many years, probably 15-20 years, to develop but it can be done. Has this process been started? No. It is simply shameful. So we are still at least 15 years away from having representative police leadership in place. And dont start with the nonsense "a small community cannot police itself due to nepotism / corruption" etc this is also just racism because there are plenty of small communities around the World that manage to police themselves.
  • 4real (07/04/2021, 23:57) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    another joker we only messing up our tax money with these people
  • LO (09/04/2021, 02:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    An other master is coming because the slaves can't get along.


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.