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Still no info on reason for suspension of UK Officer who served in VI

The suspension of Mr Graham McLaughlin has taken interest in the Virgin Islands since it was reported that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was seeking to hire the United Kingdom police officer. Mr McLaughlin was one of several officers deployed to the VI following Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Photo: Derbyshire Times
Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has said reports that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force was seeking to hire Mr Graham McLaughlin are not true. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has said reports that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force was seeking to hire Mr Graham McLaughlin are not true. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Even journalists in the United Kingdom (UK) are finding it difficult to get information on the reason a UK police officer, who served in the Virgin Islands (VI) after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Territory on September 6, 2017, has been suspended.

The suspension of Mr Graham McLaughlin has taken interest in the VI since it was reported that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was seeking to hire Mr McLaughlin, although Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews previous told this news site those reports are not true.

The Derby Telegraph had first reported on December 19, 2017 that Chief Superintendent McLaughlin of Derbyshire Police was suspended this month; however, the force has not revealed why.

And now the Derbyshire Times have reported on the suspension but also said they were unable to get clear reason why the senior officer was suspended.

Why was he suspended?

It is not clear if the suspension of Mr McLaughlin had anything to do with his stint while in the Virgin Islands and this is the question on the minds of many in the Territory, especially since there were unconfirmed reports that he was being considered for employment in the RVIPF.

“Journalists have attempted to contact Mr McLaughlin several times but not received a response,” the Derbyshire Times reported in an article titled ‘Senior Derbyshire police officer is suspended’ on December 28, 2017.

According to the Derbyshire Times, a Derbyshire police spokesman had said an investigation was underway and Hardyal Dhindsa, the county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), had been informed.

The spokesman said: "We can confirm that an officer has been suspended and there is an ongoing investigation. "The PCC has been made aware."

While in the VI, his duties included overseeing the uploading of aid, re-building schools and homes and training local police officers.

His stint in the Territory was also prolonged due to the visit of Prince Charles (born Charles Phillip Arthur George), according to the Derby Telegraph.

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13 Responses to “Still no info on reason for suspension of UK Officer who served in VI”

  • rattie (31/12/2017, 14:20) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Cover up
  • UK COP (31/12/2017, 15:25) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    So what important is this to the BVI ? There are more important issues in your territory than this. Suggestion why don't you try writing a price about the deplorable workng condition of your own Force and the many people who are suffering as a result of the storms?
    • Agree (31/12/2017, 18:54) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      I am thinking the same thing, what is it to us here in the bvi? This article makes no sense to me. As far as the info in the article he USED to work here, he no longer works here so its none of our business.
      • Fair voice (01/01/2018, 09:12) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        Commentators do you own the papers to tell them this. News is news and it is important to us. Thank god for uk intervention after the storm in stabalising the country. Thanks for the aid relief even though it did not reach many in need as most of the perishable goods were held hostage in trailers by those working at the posts trying to keep them for themselves families and close friends. The goods could be seen transported to the incinerator plants by the truck loads plant employees were flabbergasted at the volumes of undistributed food.
        • Free Soul (02/01/2018, 14:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Supermarkets would lose revenue if free goods were distributed. This place is sickening!
    • @ Uk cop (01/01/2018, 17:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      ha ha he he I am not in the media and also a former UK cop, but good thing people like you mate does not determine what is news
    • Fran (02/01/2018, 20:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ UK Cop. It is a big deal who is being sent here. We need answers before someone is dumped here. Was he a rapist, murderer, pedophile, abuser, theif, liar, frame people who were innocent? Yes, we need answers as to why he was suspended there. Now if he was suspended for doing good for the people and his job didn’t like it because he made them look bad, well that is another story. Yes we have bad working conditions because of the storms but that is no reason to send your BAD cop here. This is not a dumping ground! ANSWERS!
      • UK COP (04/01/2018, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Fran, Fran come now aren't those characters you mentioned already on your Island?. Furthermore it seemed as though you did not read the article. The gentleman had no desire to seek employment on your island . He was there doing a service and did well during his tenure there which by the way no one has mentioned. As mentioned he has absolutely has no desire to return.
  • Reporter (01/01/2018, 09:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well...well as expected.
  • ndp (01/01/2018, 10:20) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    where is the white man hypocritical talk now about good governance?
    • UK COP (01/01/2018, 14:01) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      My experience in the BVI have mostly a good one. Most of the persons i met were just down to earth folks who were rerespectful and thankful for the help that was provided. How ever i found out that one had to be careful about your words which disected and interpret sometimes just to find something negative. I understand and have dealt with the issue of racism but i was shocked how open it was there to be called hey Whiteman !!! or hey Indian !! Or comments like" he is a phillipino " or "he is an island man" or "i from here you can't tell me anything" and many more beats me. So while the BVI is a beautiful place wow!!!! To live there will certainly take some thoughs Thanks to all the wonderful people who are working to bring back the territory to its former beauty .
  • BVI STRONG (01/01/2018, 13:22) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Corruption in the UK TO THE Cord. They could no longer lecture us about good governance and transparency
    • Reporter (01/01/2018, 15:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @BVI STRONG That is true but when and where ever it is found it is dealt with....someone is arrested and sent to prison where necessary. Here corruption is as common as a thief and nothing is done about it. The people who are worried about "transparency and good Governance " are those with something to hide. Bear in mind the motto of the current government was "crystal clear". That certainly sound like being transparent to me

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