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New CoP will not be from UK- Gov Duncan

- Governor John S. Duncan hopes to see new CoP here in next ‘few’ months
According to Governor John S. Duncan, a new Commissioner of Police has been identified and he is not from the United Kingdom. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwyn James is continuing to act as the Commissioner of Police until someone is named to the post. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwyn James is continuing to act as the Commissioner of Police until someone is named to the post. Photo: VINO/File
Mr David Morris’ last day on the job as Commissioner of Police was August 11, 2015. Photo: VINO
Mr David Morris’ last day on the job as Commissioner of Police was August 11, 2015. Photo: VINO
In a surprise twist, United Kingdom national Robin Smith withdrew from the post of Commissioner of Police in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in October 2015. Photo: GIS/File
In a surprise twist, United Kingdom national Robin Smith withdrew from the post of Commissioner of Police in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in October 2015. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is almost five months that the Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has been without a Commissioner following the departure of United Kingdom national David Morris in August 2015 and the subsequent snubbing of the post by Assistant Chief Constable for Sussex Police in the UK, Mr Robin Smith in October 2015.

And the wait for a top cop will have to continue for months, according to Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

Speaking on the JTV Channel 55 show Spotlight with host Cromwell Smith aka Edju En ka on Tuesday January 12, 2016, Governor Duncan implied that a new Commissioner of Police has been identified and that he is not from the United Kingdom.

“I hope that we are well underway to getting a good Commissioner who will come in and help build that capacity,” Mr Duncan said in referring to the issue of security in the Virgin Islands.

Asked how close he was to getting a Commissioner of Police, Governor Duncan said: “Well, I hope to see this man coming within a matter of a few months.

Asked by Mr Smith whether the person would be coming from the UK, Governor Duncan said: “Actually not from the UK but his nationality will be revealed in the fullness of time.”

Acting Commissioner Alwyn James is continuing to head the RVIPF.

The Virgin Islands had looked set to receive a new Commissioner late last year after Virgin Islands News Online had accurately broken the news on August 12, 2015 about Mr Robin Smith being identified for the job. Our story was subsequently confirmed by the Office of the Governor.

It had even said via a press release on September 4, 2015 that Mr Smith was looking forward to coming to the VI and that he was seeing it as the “highlight of his 30-year police career.”

It then came as a surprise when it was disclosed in a press release on October 14, 2015 from Policy Officer in the Governor’s Office, Ms Sue Cotton, that Mr Smith would no longer head the RVIPF.

“RVIPF Commissioner designate Robin Smith has informed the Governor of his decision to withdraw from the post for personal and professional reasons,” Ms Cotton had said in a very brief announcement.

More sex offenders deported

Meanwhile, and even with gun crime seemingly on the rise in the Virgin Islands, Governor Duncan, who oversees security in the territory, believes the RVIPF has been producing results.

The Virgin Islands recorded two homicides in 2015, both as a result of gun violence, and it was said by the Governor that the RVIPF has had a difficult time from the moment of his arriving in the Virgin Islands, including with the allegations of corruption in the force.

“But they have continued to produce results. They have a 45% detection rate. That is a very very high detection rate and it is a testament to the community. The Community doesn’t like people who use firearms. It doesn’t like drug people. It doesn’t like criminals, [or] sex offenders."

According to the Governor, he has been intolerant with sex offenders.

I have deported more sex offenders in the last six months than my predecessor did in the last two years,” Governor Duncan said, while not disclosing how many sex offenders were actually deported in the time span he mentioned.

18 Responses to “New CoP will not be from UK- Gov Duncan”

  • wize up (13/01/2016, 16:29) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    NDP & the Governor moves so secretive; what is the harm in let the territory know who will be its next head of police: not from the UK is that enough ( just asking )
  • fish (13/01/2016, 16:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sah
    • west end police officer (13/01/2016, 21:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      It all comes down to picking your battles, and, frankly, we the people have no pwer to fight the governor on this!
  • bvi (13/01/2016, 17:18) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    We will have to see as we no longer trust duncan
  • DON Q (13/01/2016, 18:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who will the new cop be reporting too?
  • brown (13/01/2016, 19:25) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well if is not a white man from England then I hope and pray it’s a local
  • VG (13/01/2016, 22:14) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Hope at lest its a black man
  • wize up (14/01/2016, 01:36) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    will James be CoP!!!!
  • TaTa (14/01/2016, 02:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you for touching on the sex offenders. That right there has more far reaching effects than guns. Get rid of 'em and the public has a right to know so please can we have a sex offenders registry.
  • S.R. (14/01/2016, 08:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he/she, black/white, English/BVIslander, don't ENFORCE current laws fully, then they not good for any of us. If they do, they will not last 6 months. Folks, we is in a no win situation until the majority BVIslanders/expats alike stand tall.
  • DONT HOLD YA BREATH (14/01/2016, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    ITS STILL GOING TO BE A ENGLISH MAN, BORN IN THE UK, WORKING IN ANOTHER POLICE DEPARTMENT SOME PLACE LETS SAY LIKE Cyprus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Me (14/01/2016, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The recruit from UK has already shown him up. He should be recalled by UK.
  • learn (14/01/2016, 10:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    The police ate selling drugs and guns too so he need to shut his @$$ .there was this police that loved to buss in your doors to look for drugs now you can heat the young men saying that same police has the best weed selling

  • Bully Policing (14/01/2016, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    The police need to stop targeting only certain businesses to shut down. The big black ape like one especially. She is a pig, know nothing about the community she works and they call her Sargent!!! She don't even know the freaking law!!!! It look like anyone could get promoted in the force. She is an embarrassment to the force!!!!!!!!!!
    Then it have those who want to get police of the year (lol) out there doing a bunch of sh*t!!! I respect the law but some of these need to go and Stop the hating and get a life.

  • Scardo (14/01/2016, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gov stop lying about removing sex offenders. some still here driving bus and what not.


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