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UPDATE: Morris in full support of controversial ‘delegation of powers’

- Disappointed that 2 police officers seeking civil litigation did not allegedly go through promotion policy appeals process
Police officers Mr Leonard Fahie of Lambert Estate and Mr Hendrickson Williams of Spooner's Estate (both backing camera as they converse with their attorney following the first hearing on December 13, 2012) have filed a challenge in the High Court to contest that the Governor has no power to make a delegation of power regulation, which now gives the Acting Police Commissioner more power than the Governor and the Police Service Commission. Photo: VINO
Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris (right) firmly believes the policy of promotion, discipline and transfer of officers within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) should rest with the Office of the Police Commissioner, as the recent controversial ‘delegation of powers’ by Governor Boyd McCleary (left) has facilitated.
Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris (right) firmly believes the policy of promotion, discipline and transfer of officers within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) should rest with the Office of the Police Commissioner, as the recent controversial ‘delegation of powers’ by Governor Boyd McCleary (left) has facilitated.
Virgin Islands News Online has been informed that the Attorney General Dr Christopher Malcolm wants the the matter involving two police officers against Acting Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) David Morris to be struck out. The AG as the second defendant in the matter to be heard for the first time today December 13, 2012 in the High Court. Photo: bvi.gov.vg
Virgin Islands News Online has been informed that the Attorney General Dr Christopher Malcolm wants the the matter involving two police officers against Acting Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) David Morris to be struck out. The AG as the second defendant in the matter to be heard for the first time today December 13, 2012 in the High Court. Photo: bvi.gov.vg
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris firmly believes the policy of promotion, discipline and transfer of officers within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) should rest with the Office of the Police Commissioner, as the recent controversial ‘delegation of powers’ by Governor Boyd McCleary has facilitated.

Morris has also expressed disappointment with the two police officers, who have filed a challenge in the High Court against him and the Attorney General over the move by Governor McCleary since he felt that the aggrieved officers should have sought the internal avenues for redress before seeking civil litigation.

The officers, Mr Leonard Fahie of Lambert Estate and Mr Hendrickson Williams of Spooner's Estate, are contesting that the Governor has no power to make a delegation of power regulation, which now allegedly gives the Acting Police Commissioner more power than the Governor and the Police Service Commission.

In addition, Police Officers Fahie and Williams are claiming that any and all things done and actions taken or directed in pursuance of the 2012 Regulations, including the making of the RVIPF promotion policy in April 2012 are in consequence ultra virus of the Constitution and therefore should be null, void and of no effect.

Speaking on the CBN Channel 51 television show Real Talk, hosted by Karia Christopher on December 12, 2012 Mr Morris admitted that powers delegated to the Police Service Commission under the Virgin Islands Constitution was delegated to the Office of the Police Commissioner by the Governor. “Under the constitution we have the Police Service Commission which is appointed to appoint, discipline and promote, that has been delegated by the Governor back to the office of the Commissioner to undertake the discipline and promotion appointments within the force,” Mr Morris stated.

According to Mr Morris, as the head of a disciplined organisation as the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the Police Commissioner should have that authority to promote officers that deserve promotion, to discipline officers who deserve disciplining and to be able to transfer officers for operational requirements around the force.

“And I am a firm believer that the Commissioner should be allowed to do that or be held accountable for doing that and that is where I see the role of the Police Service Commission and the role of the Governor...To do that we need to have clear transparent policies and in terms of promotions that is what we have done, we have written a Force Promotion Policy, we consulted on it with the Police Service Commission, with the Governor, made sure it went to the A.G. in terms of making sure it met the requirements of the Constitution and Legislation, spoke with the Police Welfare Association that represents the mass within the force and once it was agreed and approved we went forward with the promotion process.”

Mr Morris explained that the promotion policy involved testing the competence of officers, “so it’s not about where you from, or who you are, or how long you’ve got in the police service, it’s about performance appraisals, so we took into account previous performance appraisals, it’s about how often you go sick, it’s about turning up for work, it’s about your disciplinary record, it’s about being able to pass an exam, which involves legislation, criminal code, police policy procedures,...the last thing the community wants is to have a police officer who don’t know what offenses are being committed etcetera...and it’s about being able to be questioned on your knowledge, which is where experience and knowledge comes in.”

The top cop said officers vying for promotion were assessed by a Board, consisting of independent persons as well as from within the Force, and persons who did not make the Force’s standard qualification mark of 60% were free to appeal the scores if they were between 55 and 59 percent.

“It was an independent remark and we did that with a few officers, they appealed, we independently remarked them and we scored upwards...”

Suggesting that the two police officers have moved to the court against him because they are aggrieved that they did not make the grade for promotion, Mr Morris said he was disappointed that they did not appeal to the Police Service Commission or the Governor before moving to the court.

“My disappointment over this is the fact that the policy does allow for people, who feel that they have been unfairly treated through the promotion policy specifically, to appeal to the Police Service Commission and to the Governor before resorting to civil litigation...So we did have an appeals process. Two individuals concerned did not appeal to the Police Service Commission, they went straight to civil litigation, which is their right and entitlement but I am just disappointed that they didn’t see that they could have come through the Police Service Commission and the Governor to raise their concerns and for those concerns to be addressed.”

Noting that the case was difficult to comment on because it is a civil litigation, Mr Morris said the Attorney General is dealing with it and “I am sure the Attorney General will manage it through and will defend it or the decisions in terms of the claims.”

Virgin Islands News Online understands the Attorney General has not filed a defence, but instead is asking for the case to be struck-out by the judge. The A.G. is reportedly claiming that the suit is vexatious, meaning that it was filed by officers because they are allegedly upset over promotion.

The first hearing of the claim was heard by High Court Judge Vicki Ann Ellis in chamber on December 13, 2012.

The matter will be called again sometime in March, an attorney attached to Dancia Penn and Co., which is representing the two police officers, told Virgin Islands News Online.

“That is difficult because some people think that they should get what they deserve because of the fact that they have been in the organisation longer than anybody else. Well am afraid that I come from the school where to get promoted or to specialise you have to earn it,” Mr Morris concluded.

Copy of controversial document “The Police Service (Delegation of powers) Regulations 2012 made and signed by His Excellency, the Governor Boyd McCleary, and published in the official Gazette as a Statutory Instrument (as extracted from official Gazette)

                                                Virgin Islands

                                    Statutory Instrument 2012 No.14

                             The Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007

                                               (2007) No.1678)

                    The Police Service (Delegation of Powers) Regulations, 2012

                                         [Gazetted 20th April, 2012]

The Governor,in exercise of the powers conferred by section 97(5) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007 (2007 No.1678) makes the following Regulation.

                                 Citation and Commencement

          1. These Regulations may be cited as the Police Service (delegation

       of Powers)Regulations,2012 and shall come into force on 1st May, 2012.

     Delegation of power to appoint and discipline. Chapter 165[Police Act]

2 (1) The power vested in the Governor by section 97(1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007(2007 No.1678) to make appointments to offices in the Police Service below the rank of Superintendents as defined in the Police Act is, delegated to the Commissioner of Police.

2 (2)The power vested in the Governor by section 97(1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007(2007) No.1678) to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in offices below the rank of Superintendent is delegated to Gazetted Police Officers as defined in the Police Act and to Inspector.

                                 Chapter 165[Police Act]

2 (3) In exercising the powers delegated under sub-regulation (1) or (2), the  Commissioner  of Police, a Gazetted Police Officer and an Inspector shall act in accordance with part IV of the Police Act.

                                Reservation of powers to dismiss.

3.The power to remove from office persons holding office in the Police Service is reserved to the Governor acting in accordance with the advice of the Police Service Commission in accordance with section 97 of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order,2007(2007 No.1678).

Made  by the Governor this 16th day of April, 2012.

                                                                                 Signed by Boyd McCleary

                                                                                Governor (British Virgin Islands)”

 See previous story posted on December 13, 2012

1st hearing involving 2 Police Officers & David Morris done in Chamber

The first hearing of the claim made by two police officers against Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris and Attorney General Dr Christopher Malcolm was heard by High Court Judge Vicki Ann Ellis in chamber on December 13, 2012.

The matter will be called again sometime in March, an attorney attached to Dancia Penn and Co., which is representing the two police officers, told Virgin Islands News Online. The attorney declined to comment any further.

The officers, Mr Leonard Fahie of Lambert Estate and Mr Hendrickson Williams of Spooner's Estate, have filed a challenge in the High Court to contest that the Governor has no power to make a delegation of power regulation, which now gives the Acting Police Commissioner more power than the Governor and the Police Service Commission.

It is vital to note that retired Police Commissioner Reynell Frazer was never given these powers under this same governor.

According to our sources, the Attorney General has not filed a defense, but instead is asking for the case to be struck-out by the judge.

The A.G is reportedly claiming that the suit is vexatious, meaning that it was filed by officers because they are upset over promotion.

See previous story posted on December 13, 2012.

AG wants court case against David Morris struck out

- Dr Malcolm has allegedly not filed a defence in case brought by two police officers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online has been informed that the Attorney General Dr Christopher Malcolm wants the the matter involving two police officers against Acting Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) David Morris to be struck out.

The first hearing for the suit, which has Mr Morris as the first defendant and the AG as the second defendant, is set for 9 A.M. today in the High Court.

According to our sources, the Attorney General has not filed a defense, but instead is asking for the case to be struck-out by the judge.

The A.G is reportedly claiming that the suit is vexatious, meaning that it was filed by officers because they are upset over promotion. 

The two police officers of the RVIPF are taking the Acting Police Commissioner to court over what they described as violations of the Virgin Islands Constitution. The matter was filed in the High Court on November 15, 2012.

The officers, Mr Leonard Fahie of Lambert Estate and Mr Hendrickson Williams of Spooner’s Estate, have filed a challenge in the High Court to contest that the Governor has no power to make a delegation of power regulation, which now gives the Acting Police Commissioner more power than the Governor and the Police Service Commission.

It is vital to note that retired Police Commissioner Reynell Frazer was never given these powers under this same governor.

The claimants are being represented by Dancia Penn and Co.

The police officers are contenting that their rights under section 12 of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order of 2007 have been and are being breached and accuse David Morris of acting ultra vires to section 97 of the VI Constitution.

In addition, Police Officers Fahie and Williams are claiming that any and all things done and actions taken or directed in pursuance of the 2012 Regulations, including the making of the RVIPF promotion policy in April 2012 are in consequence ultra virus of the Constitution and therefore should be null, void and of no effect.

Section 97(1) of the V.I Constitution states “Power to make appointments to offices in the Police Force and to remove and to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices shall vest in the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Police Service Commission-but the Governor, acting in his or her discretion, may act otherwise than in accordance with that advice if he or she determines that compliance with that advice would prejudice Her Majesty’s Service”.

Subsection (5) of Section 97 of the VI Constitution also states “The Governor, acting after consultation with the Police Service Commission, May, by regulations published in the Gazette, delegate to any member of the Commission or any public officer or class of public officer,(to such extent) and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed in the regulations, any of the powers vested in the Governor to make appointments to offices in the Police Force and to remove or exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices; and except in so far as regulations made under this subsection otherwise provide, any power delegated by such regulations may be exercised by any person to whom it is delegated without reference to the Police Service Commission”.

The claimants believe these sections under the constitution have been breached by the Governor.

The Officers are seeking a declaration that the examinations conducted by the Acting Commissioner of Police acting on the authority purportedly given to him by the 2012 Regulations are of no legal effect in that among other things the appointment of a Promotions Board for the conduct of an examination for promotion within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force contravenes the constitution by taking away the role and purpose given to the Police Service Commission under the Constitution.

The Acting Commissioner Morris had told the media a couple of months ago that the promotion policy implemented earlier this year for the force will not be scrapped, despite the many concerns raised internally by ranks.

Morris said that the RVIPF will now review the policy to safeguard the integrity of the policy. He explained that the process was approved by the Governor, the Police Service Commission and the Attorney General's Chambers.

The new promotion policy was first announced at a meeting held on, May 1, 2012 at the St. Georges Primary School, which was organised by the Road Town Anti-Crime Group.

Now officers in line for promotion, he had said, will have to show they have aptitude.

“They have to pass examinations, show that they have competent skills and the knowledge to be promoted,” Morris had stated.

In addition to that, the acting Commissioner of Police revealed that senior officers are being held accountable for their officers. Furthermore, he said he had tasked the Police Human Resource Department to recruit 22 officers this year to fill the gaps within the Force.

43 Responses to “UPDATE: Morris in full support of controversial ‘delegation of powers’”

  • a bvislander (13/12/2012, 09:14) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is ridiculous...get on with your jobs, police, be proud of the job you are doing, do your best, help the community to heal, arrest the baddies, and promotions will come....work to deserve.
    • mAN uP (13/12/2012, 11:48) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      Settle this matter Att General put this matter behind you
      • Rat (13/12/2012, 14:26) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        just promote the dem man dem not because one born here you pushing he around
        • on (13/12/2012, 16:51) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
          rat you are spot on
          • redstorm@yahoo.com (14/12/2012, 05:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Rat; I agree; but Man up; need not to settle so quick. THe suit file was that the governor was going power to the Police Commission, However the same governor did not see it fit to give the same power to Frazer to determine what happends in the Police Service. YOu see in this power he can send home who he wants, keep who he wants and push around who he wants. Tell me how many officers go on training each year, the powers must show the Police Commission care in all consideration. I believe it is a simple matter and Mr. Malcom needs to hear the police officers instead of through out the case.
            • full circle (15/12/2012, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
              What a shameful disgrace this man david continues to be to our country. God help us..we prying for the two officers
    • fake bvislannder (14/12/2012, 09:07) Like (3) Dislike (36) Reply
      Bvislander u r fake u expat. B ur self an stop hiding behind ur name u idiot. If Morris want power then he should go back 2 d UK. Ur constitution sets it straite he cant have the power of the police service commission. Fair is Fair and wrong is wrong. Morris want 2 b wrong n strong. The Ag should b shame of himself. U see ppl like only come here 4 US dollars n really having the country at heart. Disrespecting our law n ppl. Shame Shame Shame on ur expat.
  • True (13/12/2012, 09:17) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    these guys sit the promotion test and failed, badly and instead of studying for the next oppertunity spat the soother out the pram and went to court, will they be reinstated to work after this court case is finished due to them being suspeneded who know?
    • Hmm (13/12/2012, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      who say they were suspended? smh
      • pretty in pink (13/12/2012, 17:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        It is good that an objective eye let us see exactly what we look like and it ain't pretty!!!
    • employment law (16/12/2012, 03:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      if they have been suspended due to the court actions that they filed or risk losing their job as a result of it then that would amount to victimisation. they can then bring legalk actions against their employer for this (if employment law even exists in the bvi).
  • Ummm (13/12/2012, 10:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    To True what are you talking about? who got suspended? get your facts right you mixing things up.....
  • DADDY FRIDAY (13/12/2012, 10:22) Like (3) Dislike (25) Reply
    Who Cares what dey AG wants? the police officers want justice!
    • randy (14/12/2012, 17:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      As a law student, I am wondering since the Governor delegated the power to the COP and David Morris is acting and not the substantive holder of that post, whether he, as substantive Deputy Commissioner - can even promote, discipline etc. Just a though for the legal team. I am sure they will take that up also.
  • ABC (13/12/2012, 11:05) Like (7) Dislike (27) Reply
    Excuse me??!!! who is this man to make such a demand. Please allow the Judge to determine whether or not there is meret in what has been presented by the officers in question. I would have thought that the Attorney General would have been spending his time instructing his officers in the way they should conduct themselves in the court rather than attempting to deny servants of the public an opportunity to be heard. Please go and get your house in order.
    • Well meh boy (14/12/2012, 00:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Clearly, you do not understand how the court system works. The Attorney General is free to ask for the case to be struck out as free as the policemen are allowed to bring this suit. The judge will then make a decision as to whether to continue this case or not based on the merits of the claim. If the suit has merit then it will continue if it hasn't then it will be thrown out of court. The AG is well within his rights to ask for the claim to be struck out. If they feel that the test for promotion is unconstitutional then they can equally bring a Judicial Review suit, and get restitution for any wrong suffered.
  • ann (13/12/2012, 11:45) Like (1) Dislike (20) Reply
    Public Opinion turning against morris and this governor!
  • taste (13/12/2012, 13:29) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    i admire the corage of deeds two officers
  • public (13/12/2012, 14:31) Like (2) Dislike (28) Reply
    Injusice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The officers must have observed some wrongdoing, hence the suit. The Governor needs to file a summary judgment motion laying out the facts why the complaint should be dismissed.
  • Legal Team and family are praying (13/12/2012, 22:40) Like (1) Dislike (35) Reply
    Today was a day,when the legal team spent most of his time in this sinful world meditating on the creator.As I continuing to practice my catholic faith,I found a Hymn for advent.In the name of of social justice,We pray for the two citizens of Her Majesty,who are exercising their Constitutional Rights in a democratic society under our Constitution:Turn with me to [The letter of James]Chapter 5 verses 7 to 9-"Be patient then,beloved,until the coming of the lord.see how the sower waits for the precious fruits of the earth,looking forward patiently to the autumn and spring rains.you also be patient and do not lose heart,because the lord's coming in near.beloved,do not fight among yourselves and you will not be judged.see the judge is already at the door" The word of the lord.legal team now say:Her Majesty,the Queen,in chapter 2 of the V.I Constitution,gave Virgin Islanders residing in and out of the BVI,and also expatriates residing in the BVI,Fundamental Rights and Freedoms as individual human beings.Her Majesty,the Queen,declared in section 31 of the V.I Constitution,the following:Her Majesty said" If any person alleges that any of the foregoing provisions of this Chapter [chapter 2] has been,is being or is likely to be contravened in relation to him or her....then without prejudice to any other action with respect to the same matter that is lawfully available,that person may apply to the High Court for redress".Her Majesty also wrote in Subsection (2) of 31,and she states"The High Court shall have original jurisdiction-(a)To hear and determine any application made by any person under subsection (1)".So Her Majesty,the Queen,gave two BV-Islander Policemen,their fundamental rights and freedoms,as individuals,and Her Majesty advised them in section 31 of the V.I Constitution,that if any person[Including the Governor]Violate their Constitutional Rights;they can seek redress in the High Court!And because the 2 officers obeyed Her Majesty's V.I Constitution,to challenge the Governor's unlawful and illegal "Police Service(delegation of powers)Regulations,which violate their Constitutional Rights as individuals of the BVI;people are upset with the officers?Do you people really understand what is Violational of Constitutional Rights?It is a serious matter!The Governor made an unlawful-and illegal law,without going through parliament!The officers are challenging an unlawful-law in the BVI.Instead we support the officers,for challenging the Governor,as advised by Her Majesty in section 31 of the V.I Constitution,we are criticising them? H.Lavity Stoutt,use to say, "Where there is no vision,the people will perish".The Governor,The A.G and the COP are not above the law!Officers of Her Majesty's Police Force:Keep on fighting to let the Governor understand,that he cannot make a law in the BVI,without going through parliament.That is what this matter is about!You did not challenge the promotion of your fellow officers!You did not ask for promotion:Your challenged the Governor's unlawful law.I Commend you for your courage.May the good continue to bless you.No violence,no weapon.You chose the law!
    • PROCTECT AND SERVE (14/12/2012, 09:20) Like (1) Dislike (29) Reply
      THIS IS HOW THE WORLD VIEW THE BVI NOW A PLACE OF NO JUSTISE VERY SAD
  • stand up my people (14/12/2012, 00:41) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    People of the BVI you need to read and understand your Constitution,you guys come on hear and blog without understanding your right and constitution. We have to stop these people from comming into our islands and treating us like ignorant fools. Do you guys think this is really about promotions. Don't ever think for a Min. these white people don't know the wrong and injusice they are doing. It is time we stand up for each other
  • wize up (14/12/2012, 00:41) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    if our elected leaders stud-up for the people then the fight for our right will be easer;
  • legal team ask"Vexatious"? (14/12/2012, 06:07) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply

    Definition of Vexatious Litigation-from my law-dictionary:"Vexatious Litigation is a Civil action [civil suit]shown to have been instituted maliciously and without probable cause,and which may be protected against by injunction". A.G,wait a minute.Legal team is not educated;he is just playing lawyer,with intelligence from god. A.G,you are a lawyer,with many legal qualifications.Legal Team wrote to yo A.G,an 11-page letter,which he posted to Her Majesty,the Queen,at Buckingham Palace, and I legal team,explain the Constitution in "TOTO"segment by segment,to show you that the Governor has no power in section 97(5) of the V.I Constitution,to make a law in the BVI and I.D that law in the Gazette as a Statutory Instrument # 14. A statutory Instrument[law] must be made by parliament under section 78 and 79 of the V.I Constitution! The Governor made his own law,which is inconsistent with section 97(1) and he unlawfully took the powers of the Police Service Commission,and also his powers[both under section 97(1) and gave out "Her Majesty's Powers" to David Morris,for David Morris to go under the Police Act-Section 11(2) and part IV-Section 33-43,to execute the Powers of a Governor and the powers of the Po.S.C? The Governor and the Po.S.C,do not have power under section 11(2) and sections 33-43,of the police Act,but the Governor's unlawful-law is instructing the COP,to execute the Governor's power under a police act where Governor himself have no power?A.G,what kind of MAKAKWEE law is that?And because 2 bl@ckmen namely[Fahie-Martin Luther-King and Williams-Nelson Mandella] are utilizing section 31 of Her Majesty's Constitution,to challenge Botha's lawlessness in a b...kman's country,that action can be seen as "Vexatious Litigation"? A.G,go and defend the Governor's unconstitutional law.Stand up in court with jacket and bo-tie and defend the Governor's law! If you cannot defend it,call the legal team for advice.I advise you in my 11-page letter! My legal advice is FREE!

  • Manabouttown (14/12/2012, 07:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    TO MY PEOPLE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, GREAT JOY I BRING TO YOU. AS IT HAS BEEN SAID, “IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN TO WAKE UP EARLY AND GIVE GOD PRAISE” BEING AN OBEDIENT SERVANT I BEG FOR YOU TO SAND UP AND JOINT WITH ME AS WE PRAY. LETS PRAY FOR OUR NATION, OUR LEADERS, OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILY, THE POOR, LETS PRAY FOR PEACE AND FAIRNESS IN OUR ISLANDS. FATHER WE PRAY IN YOUR NAME AND NO OTHER NAME. I PLEA THE BLOOD OVER THE LIFE OF THOSE TWO BRAVE OFFICERS WHO ARE STANDING UP FOR JUSTICE, BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US FAMILY IN JESUS NAME AMEN. IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED
  • Are we there yet (14/12/2012, 09:50) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well well well can some one sing me that stage one song dunce dunce double d you cannot learn your abc put your cap and then you see what a nutty boy you are. There are many police officers who need to walk around with the dunce cap on their heads. Fair is fair when a test is set and the pass mark is 60% 55 or 59 should not allow you to get a review you fail; it is for this same reason they can't get so many cases solve in the BVI. This two have every right to be up set, because they were not the only ones to fail the test,but because they had their people in mind they wanted to promote they gave them a review. I wonder how well they expect them to perform. If all this police officers had gone to write that exam in a next country 55% and 59 % would not be a pass and they would not get a review. They would have come back to the BVI as failures, and try again the next year. Anyway all the power they are fighting for is of no use when you drop down dead. Stop seeking treasures on earth, and try seek your treasures in in heaven above. I am disappointed in both Fahie and Williams they are not the only ones who failed there are so many of the officers people see in plain clothes who say they are detectives and they can't pass a simple exam about policing. I hope they know all big post come with more stress than the can handle. Call out the DUNCE crew. Some of these officers can't even take a simple statement that now they are asking people to writ out their own statement. Thank God for computer spell check, because some of them can't write a proper sentence without a million mistake. People you notice a trend there is fighting in the courts fighting in the police force what a thing for the world to see. I wonder if Fahie and Williams ever heard the term don't count your chickens before they are hatch. They were showing of even before the test result came out. I hope you two have learn a lesson from this .
  • ? (14/12/2012, 10:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Knight stop making an !d!ot of yourself man. Enjoy your retirement.

  • Mehson (14/12/2012, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yuh morris wash yuh dirty linens in public then yuh mazed that yuh dirty linen is in public
  • stand up my people (14/12/2012, 11:27) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply

    @ are we there yet, go read the constitution fool!! Stop being ignorant!! This is why injustice is being done to our people. They know you guys don't read and understand the facts of situations,all you do is go off of hear say. All of you on here blogging about dunce, promotion and passing test need to take a look at yourself,because these two men are much smarter than you!!!

  • KNIGHT RIDER making a fool of himself? (14/12/2012, 12:56) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    My name is Jefferson Knight.Dear Mr.David Morris:As long as Her Majesty the Queen,gives me the authority to make a fool of myself under the Constitution,I will enjoy my retirement,while making fool of myself.The last time I role my rosary,while practicing my catholic faith,I prayed to god to repell the evil forces who do not want democracy in the BVI.Democracy will riegn in the BVI!Vino;let my people blog,Let democracy reign!The Governor has no power under section 97(5) of the Constitution,to make a permanent and indefinite[Statutory Instrument]purporting to be a law,made by the parliament,by identifying it as [Statutory-Instrument-LAW No.14,and to publish it in the Gazette,to mislead me and deceive me to believing it's a law made by the parliament.The Governor contrvened the V.I Constitution!Mr.Davis Morris,don't call the Governor's one-page,piece of paper "Contraversial".It is not contraversial. IT IS UNLAWFUL! It is not a law under our Constitution,and as I am enjoying my retirement,I call on the A.G and Governor to remove this misleading-fake-law from the Gazette! The Governor cannot take his powers,and the powers of the Po.S.C,granted to them by Her Majesty,the Queen, in section 97(1) of the V.I Constitution,and to give these powers to David Morris,[their junior] and for David Morris, to go to the Police Act,with Powers of the Po.S.C,and powers of the Governor,and execute these powers,under the Police Act[an inferior law!] until the Governor remove this misleading-law from our Gazette,I will continue to blog n blog,and I invite people to blog on me.It's your rights to blog.Officers DID Appeal:I have been reliably informed and I verily believe what I saw and heard to be true;and I have incontestable evidence to prove beyond a doubt,that the 2 BV-Islander-officers,who are fighting for their rights in their own country,did appeal[address] this matter internally and administratively to the appropriate authorities in the BVI,but to no answer and to no avail.MrMorris,I can prove that the officers addressed the matter in writing,before seeking redress in the High Court of justice!.Mr Morris,I will not call you a LIAR! Blog on this-it's your rights!All the officers are doing,is challenging the legality of this one-page-piece of paper made and signed personally by the Governor.I am with you officers.Fight until the last soldier falls.We taking it all the way to the privy council.The Governor is not above the law! Let dem cowards hide behind blogs!!!
  • Police service commission-take back your powers (14/12/2012, 15:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am calling on the chairman of the Police Service Commission,to take back your powers from commissioner david morris.section 97(1) explain that is you to advise the governor before he appoint in the police force.If the governor want to give morris his powers,that's his business,but you should keep yours.go to the court and take back your powers from david morris.
  • Vamp (14/12/2012, 16:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Knight Rider needs help. WTF is he ranting about? Whoa!! Chip on your shoulder much? Let the thing play out in court. I dealt with the Police myself recently and some of them are DUMB!!!!!!! They can't spell, don't have any common sense and as someone said, you literally have to do your own statement, and these are cops that have been there a long time. Knight Rider you were educated, you passed. Why the hell are you defending this bull$h1t? if they can't pass they shouldn't be promoted. 

    • knight rider pass: (14/12/2012, 23:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dear VAMP:I know who you are-don't ask me how I know?I am in Dominica! Let's not make this a knight rider issue:when we did exam many years ago,it was about testing your policing skills etc.we got passes with distinctions,and many who did not do exams in their career were promoted before officers like myself ,duncan williams,kendell mills and alexis charles; who got distinctions.Supt.Armoury,is an officer I admire,he is a brilliant child of god,but he never did an exam in his career,but today he is a superintendent.The UK officers who work in harmony with BVI officers,receive high ranks on appointments;without exams:What is the big deal about a police exam today?David Morris did not do an exam to be DCP and now COP. Vere Brown-attorney-at-law[LLB,LLM] and double-degree-holder,Roy Stoutt were brushed aside,and Morris was appointed DCP before them.Morris was appointed on experience-not based on his level of educution.Failing an exam does not mean you are not educated.I got 2 distinctions at police exams,and I still did not reach Chief Inspector.but I never call-down any of my fellow officers as being uneducated!Every body is educated.Knight rider needs help?Watch what you are writing,when you say"KnightRider needs help"-my mom is reading:All I am doing is enjoying my bloggings,while exercising my Constitutional rights-that's all.I am not singing calypso on anyone.as i am writing;my bible is next to me,my help is from god,but I will openly identify myself to let the Governor know that he cannot circumvent our constitution just to please David Morris.I am not supporting anyone;I am supporting the Constitution.I blog on the issue,but people blog on me.A bullet took me down,and I called on god,and he said,get my child,you are not to die:I got up and live.Be careful my friend when you call people bad names,and degrade them,by saying they are not educated.Leave my brothers fahie and willie alone.They are not before the court charged with a crime:ok.What school did jesus attend?When jesus walked the earth,where did he go to school?Did jesus call anyone uneducated?What is education?It only takes one traffic accident,and you can lose your memory,and all your education fades away from your brain.watch your thinking,we are all god's people:watch your intention.My beloved brothers Fahie,Willie and the rest are all educated before god;but you won't distract me:The issue at hand,is that the Governor broke the law,and if citizens are punished for breaking the law,the governor must be held accountable for his actions.Fahie and willie are not the issue;it's the Governor's actions that are:You will try insult little fahie and willie,but big Governor can do whatever he wants,under our constitution.I will read a psalm for you;the lord will forgive you for insulting his children,by calling them uneducated.I don't insult people in blogs,I criticise the lawless ones,based on the law.Fahie and Willie;David is feeling the pressure.I Knight Rider,my mom and family are praying for you.Please,don't give up!Sue dem for their lawlessness.SUE DEM!The lord is my protector-not you insulter.Fahie and willie are loving fathers to their children,and their families.They served their country well.They did not fight with their boss;why are you insuling them?What have they done to you?Why are you so angry at them?Over a court case?Can't you just blog on the issue,and leave my brothers alone!
  • john@yahoo.com (14/12/2012, 16:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this whole thing is shameful
    • CCJ (15/12/2012, 01:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr Leonard Fahie and Mr Hendrickson Williams

      Sirs, we thank you for standing up to Dr. do little- Moris and bias- McCleary and for doing what is best for all

      the BVI and the RVIPF. Please keep doing so.

      The BVI People

  • DEAD MAN WALKING (14/12/2012, 18:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    That man the governor, that david morris and them UK officers should just keep its hands off we local police officers
    • bone (15/12/2012, 17:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why can't people realize we need a professional police force? One where the officers are trained, sit exams, and get promoted for good grades? The rest of the world is like that, why not the BVI?
  • racist (14/12/2012, 19:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The world is watching you Governor Boyd McCleary. It's a great, big wake-up call for the bvi.
  • school children say (15/12/2012, 01:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    nothing more than a vindictive witch hunt fuelled by the petty jealousies by the UK’s representative and the Ag. Commisoner of police.
  • thank you knight rider (16/12/2012, 04:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for the vital info @knight rider. It is true...why am I not hearing about vere brown? I know this man went to school in the UK and he studied real hard. a very pleasant character. why is he not in the position of commissioner? why did they feel the need to recruit someone from the UK to take the top position instead of merely acting as an assistant. and then he is given additional powers to hold the fate of the bvi police force in his hands? as if the bvi police force, whom he is employed by, belongs to him! well, they see that government generally not trying to promote their own so they take advantage and make a mockery of them. surely such high offices should go to people who appreciate bvi affairs because they have served in the bvi for a considerable number of years.

    Anyway back to the point, if these guys were told that the COP is acting under powers vested to him under a certain statute and there is a question as to the validity of it in that the governor may have abused his power and acted beyond what is regarded as constitutional, then yes they have a right to challenge the source of this statute. Also they are represented by Dancia Penn & Co. Now I am sure that this firm would have exercised pre action protocols and encouraged these officers to take their issue up with the COP and other related parties directly before proceeding with any litigation. Very insightful @knightrider for letting us know that they did do this before hand which Morris denies. Morris' denial making the officers look real stupid and is also an insult to the firm that is representing them.

    What do I know? I am only speaking as an outsider. I have no knowledge as to the actual going ons but @knight rider, you would know better so if I had to choose between you and Morris' representations, I would choose yours: your neck not on the line...his is! No renewal of contract for Morris. Put the right people in these high positions please. I mean I have to be real honest, some of these bvi officers seem to be very lousy at the job but maybe when the people are rewarded properly then they would be motivated to serve the country better. Nothing worst than working hard without reward.
  • baddie (18/12/2012, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Morris we know this matter would still end up before the court so why waste time going to the governor when we know he would support your actions you guys will stick together please


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