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RVIPF not been getting due recognition- David Morris

- claims crime down by 25%
Arguing that the crime rate in the Virgin Islands is still very low compared to other Caribbean countries and that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force 9RVIPF) has reduced crime by 25%, outgoing Commissioner of Police David Morris (right) believes the work of the RVIPF does not get the recognition it deserves. Photo: VINO
Outgoing Commissioner of Police David Morris (right) was a guest of Open Mic hosted by Mr Julio S. Henry and aired on CBN Channel 51 on August 1, 2015. Photo: VINO
Outgoing Commissioner of Police David Morris (right) was a guest of Open Mic hosted by Mr Julio S. Henry and aired on CBN Channel 51 on August 1, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Arguing that the crime rate in the Virgin Islands is still very low compared to other Caribbean countries and that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has reduced crime by 25%, outgoing Commissioner of Police David Morris believes the work of the RVIPF does not get the recognition it deserves.

“One of my frustrations here is that the RVIPF takes a lot of knocks and doesn’t get the type of recognition it should get,” Mr Morris told the host of Open Mic, Mr Julio S. Henry, during an interview aired on CBN Channel 51 on August 1, 2015.

According to Morris, the RVIPF has reduced crime by 25% in comparison to last year, and has reduced crime last year compared to previous years. He added that robberies and burglaries are down and no longer are there frequent burglaries on businesses on Main Street.

The Virgin Islands, he said, is still a very safe place to live and work.

“We have put some bad guys away. You could ask our Superintendent of Prisons,” Mr Morris said but noted that the work of the RVIPF seems to go unnoticed.

“I as the Commissioner can take the knocks. I am here to do a job and I have to do what I have to do but the force has got a lot of good people who do a lot of good work day and night and sometimes that recognition isn’t there from the press, the politicians or the community.”

At this point Mr Henry suggested that the RVIPF uses it “PR people” to “paint the picture you want to paint” for the public.

“We just put the information out there and that is where the media picks it up and put whatever spin on it,” Mr Morris replied.

RVIPF commended for arrest of US fugitive

Meanwhile, Mr Henry commended the RVIPF for its recent arrest of wanted US fugitive J’wa Emone Charlery known as ‘Balla’.

Mr Morris then said the RVIPF had been notified by US authorities that Charlery was suspected to be hiding out in the VI. He added that it was an operation that caused nervous moments for him and his Deputy since the fugitive was believed to be armed and dangerous and “had nothing to lose”.

The outgoing Commissioner also said he was relieved that Charlery was captured before the Emancipation Festival. The fugitive has since been extradited to the United States of America.

Mr Henry said he believed the RVIPF was doing a good job but called for more “stop and search” operations.

Mr Morris’ contract with the RVIPF will end on August 31, 2015 but he will depart the territory from August 12, 2015 on leave. His replacement has already been identified, according to Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

8 Responses to “RVIPF not been getting due recognition- David Morris”

  • .... (05/08/2015, 17:32) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    He bake the numbers crime is up!
  • wize up (05/08/2015, 20:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    need more stop and search
  • Citizen (05/08/2015, 20:14) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    The commissioner knows that there are some bad apples in the force. Some of them care nothing about the safety of the people of these islands. They come to get the perks that a governor put in place a few years ago. Why are the Virginislanders being pushed out? By now the force should have been Virginislanders in the majority. Every island in the Caribbean have their own people in their police force. Why must we be different. Many are after the U.S. Dollar and will do anything to keep virginlanders out. This country belongs to Virginislanders and they should be able to serve in the police force.
  • rattie (05/08/2015, 22:56) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    since mvw aint want Karl at the college maybe he should eb the commissioner of POLICE hehehehehe
  • the doc (05/08/2015, 23:51) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    I would like to know how is it that out spider can get bennifits and v.islanders can't get. It is known that all other countries have their own defence officers. Locals should have their own defence officers . No out siders should run a country affairs. Government needs get their act together.
    • wize up (06/08/2015, 01:47) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ the doc; at the end of the day our territory still under the ownership on the UK
  • Outs (06/08/2015, 09:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @the doc stop giving people bad medicine. It is obvious you do not know what the illness is so how come you have a cure. Stop and think Do you really believe Tortolian youngmen/women are interested in anything that has to do with law enforcement? If they are then who will curse the Police?
  • Road Town Express (06/08/2015, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    COP you need to depart our shores very fast. Stop talking. Good riddance. Bon voyage


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