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UPDATE: Under pressure Operation Lucan charges 3 RVIPF officers

- officers to appear in court April 5, 2016
Following criticisms from the public and media over its failure to produce any results after nearly two years in existence while hundreds of thousands of taxpayers monies were being spent, Operation Lucan today, Monday April 4, 2016 announced that its detectives had arrested three men and charged them with various criminal offences. The investigation has been primarily focused on investigating cops who were allegedly involved in stealing money seized from criminals and playing a part in high profile drug running. This is according to Virgin Islands News Online’s sources within the RVIPF. Photo: VINO/File
Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency John S. Duncan OBE said that Operation Lucan is still an ongoing investigation which has so far made good progress and for which developments, to wit the investigation's conclusions, will be seen in the not so distant future. Photo: VINO/File
Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency John S. Duncan OBE said that Operation Lucan is still an ongoing investigation which has so far made good progress and for which developments, to wit the investigation's conclusions, will be seen in the not so distant future. Photo: VINO/File
When questioned on the state of the investigation, the Governor said that it's conclusion should not be long in coming.
When questioned on the state of the investigation, the Governor said that it's conclusion should not be long in coming. "I can't say very much as the investigation is ongoing," said Governor Duncan when approached by this news site for a comment on the progress of the operation at a function last week. Photo: VINO/File
The team was also reporting to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP); however, this news site was reliably informed that a decision was later taken to have former Police Commissioner Mr David Morris removed as one of the persons to which the committee reported and Commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service David Baines was placed at the helm of the investigating body. Photo: VINO/File/Provided
The team was also reporting to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP); however, this news site was reliably informed that a decision was later taken to have former Police Commissioner Mr David Morris removed as one of the persons to which the committee reported and Commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service David Baines was placed at the helm of the investigating body. Photo: VINO/File/Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following criticisms from the public and media over its failure to produce any results after nearly two years in existence while hundreds of thousands of taxpayers monies were being spent, Operation Lucan today, Monday April 4, 2016 announced that its detectives had arrested three men and charged them with various criminal offences.

Operation Lucan was launched in 2014 with a view to investigating high profile corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

“The men are interdicted Royal Virgin Islands police officers who had been implicated in corruption allegations,” stated a press release from head of the investigation team, David Baines OBE, Commissioner of the Cayman Islands Police Force.

The three men are scheduled to appear in the Magistrate’s Court at John’s Hole, tomorrow April 5, 2016 at 9AM, and will be kept in custody until that time, according to the press release.

Early into the investigations, five RVIPF officers were interdicted from duty, however, one of them was reinstated to full police duties.

Operation Lucan heavily criticised

Operation Lucan began on November 10, 2014, with the team reporting directly to the Commissioner of Police David Morris and the Director of Public Prosecutions. Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines was announced as the man to lead the investigation.

However, after mounting pressure from the media and the public, the RVIPF - especially those who were directly being investigated, residents territory-wide, and civil society, over the decision to have the team reporting to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Morris surrendered to good governance and agreed to a truly independent investigation.

Hundreds of thousands spent with zero results

Besides the Cayman Islands Police Chief, by 2015 there were up to ten United Kingdom police officers on the investigative team, many of whom had retired, but still raking in thousands of dollars via their new Virgin Islands pouch assignment. They got housing allowances, rental cars and cellular phones, all off the public purse, with not one black officer from the UK or locally a part of the team.

It was also revealed to our newsroom that three hundred and eighty five thousand dollars ($ 385,000.00) was spent in 2015 alone to keep the operation going.

When questioned about the state of the investigation last month, Governor John S. Duncan OBE said it's conclusion should not be long in coming.

"I can't say very much as the investigation is ongoing…It has made good progress but these things are complex and I expect that you will see developments in the not too distant future," Governor Duncan had told Virgin Islands News Online.

See previous article published March 15, 2016

Operation Lucan to conclude in 'not too distant future' – Gov John S. Duncan

- says he is unable to comment on the ongoing investigation but that it has made 'good progress'

Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency John S. Duncan OBE said Operation Lucan is still an ongoing investigation which has so far made good progress and for which developments, to wit the investigation's conclusions, will be seen in the not so distant future. 

Operation Lucan was launched with a view to investigating high profile corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.

Independent investigation?

It was announced by Government in 2014 that an independent investigation was in place to root out police corruption after months of media reports.

This followed an entire ‘special investigation unit’ of the RVIPF being sent on leave pending the outcome of an investigation for wrongdoing, including allegedly stealing cash from drug dealers.

The investigation, named Operation Lucan, began on November 10, 2014, with the team reporting directly to the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions. Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines was announced as the man to lead the investigation.

However, after pressure from the media and the public, the RVIPF - especially those who were directly being investigated, residents territory-wide, and civil society, then Commissioner of Police David Morris surrendered to good governance and agreed to a truly independent investigation.

Results to come soon

When questioned on the state of the investigation, the Governor said that it's conclusion should not be long in coming.

"I can't say very much as the investigation is ongoing," said Governor Duncan when approached by this news site for a comment on the progress of the operation at a function last week.

"It has made good progress but these things are complex and I expect that you will see developments in the not too distant future," he said.

When asked to elaborate on what he meant by developments, Governor Duncan said, "A conclusion of the investigation. You'll have to see. I'm sure VINO will be the first to publish it."

Hundreds of thousands spent with zero results

Besides the Cayman Islands Police Chief, by 2015 there were up to ten United Kingdom police officers on the investigative team, many of whom had retired, but still raking in thousands of dollars via their new Virgin Islands pouch assignment. They got housing allowances, rental cars and cellular phones, all off the public purse, with not one black officer from the UK or locally a part of the team.

Two years plus into the investigation a whopping three hundred and eighty five thousand dollars ($ 385,000.00) spent in 2015 alone, not one arrest of a police officer has been made over corruption charges, while the UK retired officers drive around in top of the line rental vehicles, live in the best areas, and receive lucrative salaries, in many cases doing better than the rank and file of the Police Force.

One officer cleared so far

The development of the police officer being returned to active duty following his name being cleared from the list of alleged corrupt cops was confirmed also by RVIPF Public Relations Officer Ms Diane Drayton who told this news site on March 3, 2015, “As a result of a decision made by the Director of Public Prosecutions, one of the officers in relation to Operation Lucan corruption allegation probe has been reinstated to full police duties. The investigation is ongoing and therefore we will make no further comment.”

The investigating of four other officers continues and they remain off the job pending the full outcome of Operation Lucan.

32 Responses to “UPDATE: Under pressure Operation Lucan charges 3 RVIPF officers”

  • negativity (15/03/2016, 10:05) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    WASTE AH DARM TIME AND TAXPAYERS MONEY
  • Yes (15/03/2016, 10:16) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let us rename it "OPERATION WASTE AH TIME"
  • ???? (15/03/2016, 10:17) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    When are we going to tackle the cruise pier project????
  • pat (15/03/2016, 10:19) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Just a waste of tax payers money!
  • Cookie Monster (15/03/2016, 10:56) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    What is the difference between what M and C did at the ports and what Duncan is dong here with our tax payers money???corruption is corruption bottom line
  • Psychologist (15/03/2016, 11:20) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    Cookie Monster,, the difference I this:

    Police Officers who are not born here

    and Ministers of Government who are BORN HERE

    After all.. The BH and the MoG Degrees are higher.
  • The Real Cookie Monster (15/03/2016, 14:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    So how high does this stank stink rise? High enough for there to be no real answer or conclusion after this heap of money spent?
  • hot mess (15/03/2016, 15:23) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who don't know will wonder jail time soon coming for those corrupt police officer some of you don't like to hear the truth but guess what it is what it is.
  • sr civil servant (15/03/2016, 15:33) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Duncan is bad for the bvi andvsay i told you
  • Mind Made Up (15/03/2016, 17:23) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Whether or not you have evidence or proof, you Duncan have already given instructions to the DPP to charge, you don't want to look bad and I have noted your words " I expect that you will soon see developments" looks like you have already decided sir.
    • Ragga (16/03/2016, 12:54) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      I will put my money On the
      line that you are one of those police on interdiction for the same corruption hello
  • Curious (15/03/2016, 17:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is the investigation called Operation Lucan? What does Lucan mean?
  • police brass (15/03/2016, 17:56) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    when will ducan admitt this has been a failure
    • Wait (15/03/2016, 18:18) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Never...so to save face they gonna come with some bogus charges.

      Is the DPP under the influence of a third party? I thought he has the right to prosecute or discontinue without interference?
      • @ Wait (15/03/2016, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        oh no never you got funny man calling him with gentle suggestions!!! go talk that
  • wize up (16/03/2016, 00:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the former CoP and where does he fits in this operation
  • Wait....whistleblower (16/03/2016, 09:34) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply

    I have a read into the comment of the Governor, it plainly says you will be coming with charges, "developments"
    The DPP does not have the testicular fortitude to do as the constitution states which is discontinue charges without being questioned by anyone, sir DPP you do not have to please the governor! A man called you into a meeting and after letting him know there is not sufficient evidence available bring charges, he told you to find some charges any charges. You are now fighting with your inner self, sir if there is no evidence no matter how much money has been spent by the government, bogus charges won't stick, pleasing the Governor does not cut it, DPP do not be bullied but the Governor of the Lucan Officers.
    He who alleges must first prove, it is one thing to believe but another to prove in a court of law

  • see ah less (16/03/2016, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    not withstanding the petition sign by the officers is illegal and should be arrested.
  • just asking... (04/04/2016, 21:11) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    So only the black people they arrested?
  • musa (04/04/2016, 21:30) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    we need a new jail house with vip rooms
  • Dying Ganda.. (04/04/2016, 21:43) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why are they so aggressively going after their own digging up all kind of dirt and moving bolders to find something when there are other corrupt cases with the evidence poking them in their eyes?... Poor island people. What happened to the two local women?
  • wize up (04/04/2016, 22:13) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    need to see the pictures: losts more of them will end up in the jail; only thing worse that a dirty cop(pig) is an informer.....where does dave fits in all of this mess(he gone clear while the small fry them getting cooked).... advantage never done!!!!!......need faces and the names( set of pigs)....
    • gone to Fla (04/04/2016, 23:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Bit cloudy here how come no uk officers were arrested?
      • Lmao! (05/04/2016, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Reading is fundamental! The UK officers were the ones conducting the investigation.
  • The Reaper (05/04/2016, 04:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They see a easy way of making money here in the bvi..Way all of them cop didn't take up policing in there Country.Clean up they own back yard before they Clean up BVI..Let them take that right up the ally..I told u...I like..Dislike.. OK!!!...The Reaper Say So
  • Huh ? (05/04/2016, 08:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "...with not one black officer from the UK or locally a part of the team." - I'm a black man, but I'm not sure what that has to do with anything.
  • legal team (05/04/2016, 12:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In a case such as this one;it is the Commissioner of Police,at the time of this alleged offence;Mr David Morris,who should be arrested as Commander in Chief.Did someone in authority,allow David Morris to take flight to avoid criminal prosecution..?
    Free the officers and go look for Morris and extradite him to the BVI to face charges of being an undesirable in the RVIPF.


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