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Police HQ stuck above RiteWay Pasea until March

-ToP Cop says 2019 plans to move just didn't work out
Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews says the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will be spending another few months above the bakery at the Riteway Food Markets location in Pasea Estate, after a failed bid to move in December 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The Top CoP said the Road Town Headquarters is still awaiting furniture as a result of delays, however, the building remains repaired and ready for the move. Photo: VINO/File
The Top CoP said the Road Town Headquarters is still awaiting furniture as a result of delays, however, the building remains repaired and ready for the move. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews says the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will be spending another few months above the bakery at the Riteway Food Markets location in Pasea Estate, after a failed bid to move in December 2019.

The Force had taken up residence above the supermarket as its temporary headquarters following damages sustained to its main Road Town building as a result of the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.

After some repairs, the plan was to move into the main headquarters shortly before of after 2019 Christmas season.

"You know we all have new years wishes, my new years wish back last year is that we would be starting 2020 with an effective and capable police headquarters [and] functionality. We still aren't there,' CoP Matthews told 'Honestly Speaking' radio moderator Claude O. Skelton-cline on the Tuesday, January 14, 2020, edition of the show. 

He said the Road Town Headquarters is still awaiting furniture as a result of delays, however, the building remains repaired and ready for the move. 

Not an Idea situation - CoP Matthews 

'I'm told it would be around March/April time... RiteWay is enjoying a bit more comfort of having police officers in there all the time, it's certainly not an ideal location to manage what is a large business now, we are a growing business," CoP Matthews said. 

In October 2019, the Commissioner of Police underscored that while the residency above the supermarket bakery has gone well, it has always been a temporary arrangement. 

He was at the time speaking with radio host Kenneth G. Gladstone on the October 22, 2019, edition of the radio show 'A Moment of Truth', on PSI Online Radio. 

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