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One year on, Police infrastructure still needs urgent attention—Top Cop

The Force’s ‘top-cop’ Mr Michael B. Mathews, in an early tweet said, “One year on from Hurricane Irma and recovery has been slow but steady in the main…However, one year on and Police infrastructure still needing urgent attention with over half our buildings still needing urgent repairs.” Photo: VINO/File
 Hurricane Irma had ravaged the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force headquarters in Road Town. Photo: VINO/File
Hurricane Irma had ravaged the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force headquarters in Road Town. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands (VI) today, September 6, 2018, observes the one-year anniversary of the passing of Hurricane Irma which devastated the Territory and much of its infrastructure.

A year later, much has not changed, a notion lamented earlier today, by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Commissioner.

The Force’s ‘top-cop’ Mr Michael B. Mathews, in an early tweet said, “One year on from Hurricane Irma and recovery has been slow but steady in the main…However, one year on and Police infrastructure still needing urgent attention with over half our buildings still needing urgent repairs.”

The RVIPF following the Hurricanes in 2017 was also forced to rent accommodation, a situation that led to the owners Riteway Supermarket at Pasea Estate, having to start charging for the space that is occupied by the Police.

Committee Report

Earlier this year when Mr Mathews appeared before the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee, he disclosed too that no repairs had taken place at East End, Virgin Gorda (including its destroyed Police barracks) and Jost van Dyke, where the station was completely destroyed.”

This in addition to the damages sustained to the Police’s infrastructure, on the main island of Tortola.

The barracks at Virgin Gorda had its entire top floor destroyed; the roof went and even some of the walls too, according to Mr Mathews.

 He said, however, RVIPF was given funding through a United Kingdom contractor to look at it as part of the immediate repair work in the aftermath of the hurricanes. 

He further stated that he regretted to inform the Committee that by the time "we reached the end of the United Kingdom financial year, the funding had not stretched to make the repairs to the barracks."

He said, this has become very challenging to have to move officers and there is no accommodation especially for officers who have homes on Tortola.

Reconstruction of the police estate also remains an urgent priority and requires allocated funding, he had said.

9 Responses to “One year on, Police infrastructure still needs urgent attention—Top Cop”

  • Eagle Eye (06/09/2018, 11:03) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    What happen to all the money Duncan get for the police before he left and the money all you get from England
  • VI Labour Party (06/09/2018, 11:08) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    The UK government failed again. They failed in Montserrat after the volcano, they failed our territories and the EU needs to step in and demand basic aid to the territory for infrastructure and humanitarian aid.
  • The Law be sleep but Justice is awake (06/09/2018, 11:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's sad to see the state of the police stations around the BVI. And with so many unsolved murders, we can only pray for justice for both the victims and their families cause I know they are going through a lot.
  • Bias (06/09/2018, 12:54) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Shame on the NDP
  • ccc (06/09/2018, 13:02) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hey, look who woke up!
  • action (06/09/2018, 13:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happened to $5mil tfrd by the Governor?
  • NezRez (06/09/2018, 19:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The daily trek on the roads make me so nauseous. Sad
  • here (07/09/2018, 07:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    and with the degeneration of human behaviour and the increase of violence, this is so serious it isn't mentioned
    to the outside world because it may influence tourist dollars. some people out and about are insane and not
    being put in check. there was an attempted murder by a person gone beserk last week and they still are out and
    about. all kinds of crap like that and people driving like they want to kill someone today just because. much
    worse than publicized.
  • True (11/09/2018, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ’One year on, Police infrastructure still needs urgent attention’ but do you mean the buildings or the officers, both do.


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