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UK officer reportedly offered job in VI suspended in homeland

- Graham McLaughlin was allegedly being offered a job in RVIPF’s ‘arms unit’; Reason for suspension still not known
United Kingdom police officer Mr Graham McLaughlin, who served in the Virgin Islands following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and who was reportedly being offered a job with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), has been suspended in Derbyshire, according to a UK publication. Photo: Derby Telegraph
Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, who is on leave in the UK, has refuted reports that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was seeking to hire Mr Graham McLaughlin. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, who is on leave in the UK, has refuted reports that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was seeking to hire Mr Graham McLaughlin. Photo: VINO/File
DERBYSHIRE, United Kingdom- A senior United Kingdom (UK) police officer, who served in the Virgin Islands following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and who was reportedly being offered a job with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), has been suspended from the force in Derbyshire, according to a UK publication.

Mr Graham McLaughlin and other officers from the UK were deployed to the Virgin Islands to assist with Operation Ruman, which was the response to help communities recovering from Hurricane Irma.

And according to our senior sources in the RVIPF, Mr McLaughlin was being offered a job with the local force in the “arms unit.”

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

Mr McLaughlin is one of the most senior police officers in Derbyshire and is head of the operational support department at the force, which includes the armed response unit, the roads policing unit, collision investigations, police dogs and the helicopter.

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.

No job offer- CoP Matthews

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews, who is on leave in the UK, was contacted for a comment. He refuted reports that the RVIPF was seeking to hire Mr McLaughlin.

“I can state that he was definitely not being offered a job by the RVIPF.”

Mr Matthews did say that he was aware of Mr McLaughlin being investigated.

“I understand he is being investigated by his force for a discipline matter but I have no knowledge what that is about.”

See link to full story as reported in the Derby Telegraph:

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/one-derbyshires-most-senior-police-944328

22 Responses to “UK officer reportedly offered job in VI suspended in homeland”

  • watch (29/12/2017, 20:16) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Watch the comments that is going to be written by I'm a Tolian now.
  • Durty Race Card (29/12/2017, 20:28) Like (2) Dislike (30) Reply
    How convenient, a white suspended police can be sent here to over seas us the citizens without us knowing what he is being investigated for or was sent home for but the locals who have been sent on leave or being investigated has to go on leave! Case in point the officers who were involved in the shooting of the Spanish Man; each has been sent of leave for two weeks whilst the Bermuda police investigates!
    Why is this? Then if or when we pull the race card others will say we should not!!!
    The scales should be leveled, if what he did in the UK he does the same thing here in the VI who should we hold responsible ????
    • @Durty (29/12/2017, 21:44) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
      Did you read the article? WTF?
    • SHUT UP (30/12/2017, 10:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Dirty, you dont know the facts but you spitting S#!t. When you know what he was suspended for then you can start spitting s!#t from your mouth.Typical Tortola I dont know anything big mouth.
  • NezRez (29/12/2017, 20:39) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lets wait until the details about his suspension was about. If it was anything harmful to us, then he will be met with total rejection.
  • Meg (29/12/2017, 20:47) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply
    We don’t want THEM policing US. They rejected him over there, but he thinks he’s good enough to police us? Hell No.
  • My God (29/12/2017, 21:21) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Peter I know u would have denied me three times as fowl crews. My God how u was so impressive with me now u never considered bringing me back to run ur firearms team. WOW that's a pitty u ask me to stay on and run ur operation for the Prince's visit and I was congratulated by u on how I did a splendid job. Now no contract for me.
  • Nexus Lexus (29/12/2017, 21:32) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    This guy probably would've been the next BVI Commissioner of Police, after it was recognized that he did a great job securing the Prince, he was the impromptu National Security Advisor to His Excellency J Augustus Jaspert. You all don't play like you all didn't know him and had welcome him with open arms. Stop it.
  • Gumbs (29/12/2017, 22:52) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    I can assure you Derbyshire Police will have sent him to the BVI to get rid of him before this broke...the RVIPF will have had zero input into who was sent from the UK to here after the hurricanes.
  • Reading Is Fundamental (30/12/2017, 01:52) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Read people he was in the BVI post Irma he's was suspended recently after his return to the UK.
    • LOL (30/12/2017, 11:52) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      You studying these set a moo moo. Once they could run their mouths like diarrhea that keeps them functional. They will never read and analyze stuff
  • ... (30/12/2017, 07:10) Like (2) Dislike (22) Reply
    See all throes rejects are shipped off to the bvi no background checks shame on the governor
  • Obey the Rules. (30/12/2017, 07:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one is too big or too powerful to be discipline or prosecuted once they knowingly broke the rules. There is always a boss of a boss.. This is a good example of good leadership....
  • See (30/12/2017, 09:36) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    the police here cant even stop a baby biker ... at least the UK police came to help a country while some of the local police watched the looters . Jyst dont be on a cellphone . We can enforce that . Wait and see what this is all about before crucifying the officer .
  • Disinterested (30/12/2017, 10:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Of course, he was probably offered the job with the RVIPF. People are only avoiding the issue like the plague because he was suspended. Only BVI hate on and don’t take care of their own. The UK surely look out for their own. They are in a revolving chair around the OTs from Cyprus to Cayman Islands to Turks and Caicos Islands to Anguilla to Montserrat to Falkland Islands to Bermuda to Gibraltar to the VI. Let’s see the Supt of Prison, Commisioner of Police, Auditor General ( forget he ran off to Ascencion), DPP.....etc.
  • One word (30/12/2017, 13:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Instead of the heavy breathing about UK police coming to save us and their so called good governance support for your own
  • Boo (30/12/2017, 13:59) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thinking he got suspended after his stint in the BVI.

    COP Mathews on the ball again! Best COP in years.
  • UK Police (30/12/2017, 18:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    It seems like Tolians love to gossip. I mean what else is there to do, apart from rebuild your country.
  • Thank you Graham (31/12/2017, 03:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Graham, thank you for your service in the BVI. Unlike the bubbleheads, I looked you up a bit and can see that you have done a great job both in the BVI and in Derbyshire, UK. You seem to have a light spirit and a great sense of humor yet take your job very seriously and is professional. Quite serious that someone in such senior position should be suspended, likely something you said or did. Everyone makes mistakes however no one is in a position to judge until the outcome of the investigation. But, for all your hard work and dedication, I thank you.
  • Ah So (31/12/2017, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    He probably didn't protect the drug dealers enough, so BVI didn't want him. have to keep the dealers stocked,
    armed, and happy right? and who do you think helps with that?


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