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‘Some officers have big mouths & will not keep things confidential’ – CoP Matthews

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Commissioner of Police (CoP), Michael B. Matthews has stated he is aware that there are still some officers not keeping information received confidential, which discourages persons from coming forward to assist the police. Photo: VINO/File
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Trumayne J. Daway aka 'Passion', 26, was found dead in a vehicle at Brandywine Bay, on the main island of Tortola, sometime around 1:00 A.M. on February 28, 2018. The body bore multiple gunshot wounds. Photo: Team of Reporters
Trumayne J. Daway aka 'Passion', 26, was found dead in a vehicle at Brandywine Bay, on the main island of Tortola, sometime around 1:00 A.M. on February 28, 2018. The body bore multiple gunshot wounds. Photo: Team of Reporters
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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I’m well aware that I’ve had and still have a minority of officers who have got big mouths and they will not keep things confidential.”

This is according to Michael B. Matthews, Commissioner of Police (CoP), on Stay Woke aired on ZBVI 780 AM on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The host of the show, which addressed the rampant gun violence in the territory, was Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan, Mrs BVI 2017.

Commissioner Matthews stated that two years ago, when he became the Commissioner of Police, he was told that persons have had bad experiences with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) when giving confidential information.

He disclosed that it is something that he is working to improve so as to reassure persons that their information will be kept confidential, adding that the intelligence team was carefully selected.

“We are working very hard on that to make sure people understand that we are called the RVIPF. We are a service and we should be providing a service that comes with integrity and provides confidence to them,” said the commissioner.

He further expressed that the head of the RVIPF intelligence team is a UK national with no connection to the territory or the people, so he can be trusted to keep information confidential.

“The police service here did not create this society”

Meanwhile, the commissioner believes that it is his officer’s responsibility to enforce the laws within the society rather than solely being blamed for what is taking place in the territory.

“The police service here did not create this society. We are charged with the responsibility of enforcing the laws in this society. My question is what are you the society going to do about the society you’ve created here because it seems acceptable that serious crimes are going to happen that people know about and they know where the guns are hidden,” emphasised Commissioner Matthews.

He lamented on an incident where a guy expressed to him that he was advising his nephew that the crime in the territory is getting dangerous and the guy said his nephew showed him a gun and the commissioner said the guy brushed it off as if it was normal.

The UK national pointed out that he feels sorry for the territory if that’s the type of society that is being built, where having a gun is acceptable.

He said, “If people are prepared to accept that’s ok and if that’s the society you build, well I feel sorry for you because, to me, that’s always going to be unacceptable.”

“Security & borders should have been the conversation on day one”

The commissioner pointed out that before the hurricane the territory’s borders were “porous” and believes that it got worse after the hurricane, which is now a contributing factor to the recent gun violence, while adding that it is difficult to rebuild the police force and secure the borders at the same time.

“It’s very, very difficult when you are trying to rebuild the police force and the security of your borders at the same time and so we are in the juggling act,” said the commissioner.

He continued, “We are six months on and for me, security and our borders should have been the conversation on day one, not six months down the line.”

31 Responses to “‘Some officers have big mouths & will not keep things confidential’ – CoP Matthews”

  • Jaigon (05/03/2018, 14:04) Like (52) Dislike (12) Reply
    So Commissioner Matthews, if you are well aware of such officers within your own organization, what are you doing about them
    • duh (05/03/2018, 15:06) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
      Obvious the article.. He is going to deal with the issue. Dumb question
    • See (05/03/2018, 15:19) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
      How about discipline measures ?
    • Rotten (05/03/2018, 19:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      How many persons have experienced this? Comment Me Too on this post
    • NezRez (05/03/2018, 22:24) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those blabber mouths should be fired because they took an oath to protect the public, not send us to the slaughter house for trying to help them get information to solve cases. Dumb cops made it bad for the entire police force.
    • Krazy (06/03/2018, 13:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is the answer to your question, "We are working very hard on that to make sure people understand that we are called the RVIPF. We are a service and we should be providing a service that comes with integrity and provides confidence to them,” said the commissioner.

      He further expressed that the head of the RVIPF intelligence team is a UK national with no connection to the territory or the people, so he can be trusted to keep information confidential".
  • @COP (05/03/2018, 15:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    you said it not us, confidential information then what
  • Barrel (05/03/2018, 15:20) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    Get rid of the bad apples. This Commissioner is smart. He has changed his tactics. Seem like he is willing to throw his Officers under the bus to save his own reputation .
    • No !!!!!!! (05/03/2018, 17:43) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Barell it is not about throwing them under the bus, it IS about doing the right thing.
  • Boo (05/03/2018, 15:54) Like (13) Dislike (18) Reply
    he seems like a hypocrite, because was he not the same person that told us to come forward with information? and do not use the excuse of can't trust police?

    Something does not add up!
    • Boo (06/03/2018, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Best Comish eva!
    • @Boo (06/03/2018, 10:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Commissioner did not know until you the public disclosed this information. He has to now do something about it. Like ayo forget the man wasn't here all the time.
  • Corruption (05/03/2018, 16:10) Like (41) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some officers take bribes too and turn favours putting that before doing their jobs
    • Street reporter (05/03/2018, 19:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Its a war zone in there. Or a gang Zone. This set against that set.. Taring down, pulling down each other in public, Creating greese poles for the ones that doing their jobs well..it's a good strategy to call them out publicly... It needs to stop..
    • True (05/03/2018, 20:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Corruption, Yes true but their jig will be up soon. Once You hâve corrupt cops on the force, they are going to bring the whole force down. Honestly i can say there are some good cops on the force and some rotten ones. You hâve to chop the head of a snake off to get rid of the problem. Dont worry, Those dirty cops cards will get peeped.
    • Uncle Buck (06/03/2018, 16:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bribery is a plague on this island. The commissioner could have mentioned something about bribery with regard to the local society we created. I've seen it in the bank to get ahead of the line for goodness sake. The bank! Never mind immigration and labour departments, it wouldn't be a surprise if doctors at peebles are at it too.
  • tru dat (05/03/2018, 16:17) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Commish, you hit the nail on the head. I can tell you, even some of those HIGH in rank doing it...sickening! I want to say some are corrupt will others might have diarrhea of the mouth. I does wonder to myself how some of these ppl still in the RVIPF?! It is some of them who does be giving out info and like you say Confidential matters as well. They need to get rid of them or something because no one will really feel comfortable if these type of ppl are in within your organization.
  • @Commish (05/03/2018, 17:21) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    In other words trust the UK National not local Officers
  • @COP again (05/03/2018, 17:42) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    You talk about Officers who running their big mouth, I I'm sure it's not the little Constable walking the streets or who answers the phone at a police station is doing the talking. It's those that who sits at the table with you, when you mentioned things that are said to you or tips that comes in on your tip line. Only your top insiders could be doing this, so check yourself b4 you start running off your mouth wanting to accuse the men and women at the lower end of the food chain.
  • Truth that (05/03/2018, 19:39) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Identify them and switch them..They will not change.
  • oh ho (05/03/2018, 22:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    IF HE CAN'T TRUST THEM THEN WHY SHOULD WE?
  • trust no cloud (06/03/2018, 02:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    not even yourself.Don't care how you try something gonna get out. As many officers sleep with their partners whether married or not they talk or been given the task to spill the beans. Rumours spread like wild fire whether it be true or false
  • Política (06/03/2018, 03:21) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    He got one name Supa who more like Supa Mouth
  • time (06/03/2018, 07:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Has he finally seen the light? The problem is that too many people do not know how to be confidential and have not disciplined themselves to do it. This not only applies to the police force but is a wider problem in the community.
  • truth be told (06/03/2018, 07:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Com. Mathewsyou should know the one charge in the murder of the man in Brandy wine Bay his uncle is the deputy commisioner how will rvip deal I'm formation . This is the second incident sorrunding death of a young man is this room for corruption
  • Set Them Up (06/03/2018, 10:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Easy to fix...just give the suspected big mouths false information and if it sets something in motion then, there you go...
  • New currency (06/03/2018, 11:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The COP is right . Intelligence is how crimes are solved but it is also a valuable commodity to criminals . To know where and when police are about , what information they know , who told who etc is like gold dust. Intelligence needs to be collected and securely stored and only told on a need to know basis within the police. I know the BVI loves to gossip and blog but in this case sometimes lives are at stake. COP keep up the good work
  • Wrong4Us (06/03/2018, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Guess what commissioner many of us know of a time not too long ago when the VI wasn't like this, so we know who we are!!!

    We need to get rid of YOU... YOU aren't for the people of the VI...Crime will continue to rise under his and the Govt of the day watch because in his opinion we have a rotten society and our govt in incompetent or don't care . Ask the commissioner if he would report on his family member or advise them to do better. Ask him if our society is the only society that functions in this way, where family and true friends find it hard to report on people they care about.

    Do your job and do good police work, I'm sure there are laws on the books that make this possible.


    He is quick to pass the blame, he has one foot out of the door call responsibility!!!
  • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (06/03/2018, 14:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's wait and see...Top Cop Matthews has finally accepted responsibility of his officers that aren't professional and obviously don't take their job seriously. Usually he is advocating for the help from the public to help resolve crimes but now he has publicly admitted that he is going to deal with his officers. I don't doubt that he's not trying but he can't do everything on his own. Let's wait for his results!
  • Diplomat (06/03/2018, 22:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is an open secret that the RVIPF leaks like sieve. It is an indisciplined and unprofessional force. The.COP knows it and needs to fix. The public has lost confidence and trust in the force and is afraid to come forward with information, for they fear for personal health, well-being and safety. The police needs public support in solving crime but public is hesitant to work closely with police. Effective communication management is a force weakness, not a strength. Send the leakers packing. The rule of law, effective policing, low crime rate, especially violent and property crime,.......etc is vital to growth and development. Effective policing is a quality of life issue.


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