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‘We still feel frustration in the public service’- CoP Matthews

- Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews pleads with Premier Andrew A. Fahie to review ‘outdated’ practices & procedures in public service
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has urged Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to revisit some of the practices and procedures in the public service that may be outdated and may be causing unnecessary delays for projects and contracts to get off the ground. Photo: VINO
Central Administration Complex: Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has said persons still feel frustration in the public service due to ‘outdated’ practices and procedures that may cause unnecessary delays with contracts and projects. Photo: VINO/File
Central Administration Complex: Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has said persons still feel frustration in the public service due to ‘outdated’ practices and procedures that may cause unnecessary delays with contracts and projects. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, speaks with Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews prior to the re-opening ceremony of the West End Police Station on August 15, 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, speaks with Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews prior to the re-opening ceremony of the West End Police Station on August 15, 2019. Photo: VINO
WEST END, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has pleaded with Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to revisit some of the practices and procedures in the public service that may be outdated and may be causing unnecessary delays for projects and contracts to get off the ground.

Speaking at the re-opening ceremony of the West End Police Station on August 15, 2019, Mr Matthews said while the territory’s recovery is taking time for various reasons there are things that could be done to “speed up the process” in the future.

‘A lot of bureaucracy’

Turning to Premier Fahie, Mr Matthews said: “And Premier, there is one thing I would say and that is about our procedures going forward. We still suffer a lot of bureaucracy in the territory. And I know you have been looking long and hard about how you are going to prioritise and fast track a number of things.”

Commissioner Matthews emphasised that persons still feel frustration in the public service. “Colleagues here would agree that sometimes we just can’t get through some of the blockades to get things done as quickly as we would want to.”

The top cop noted; however, that it that is not about the people being difficult or awkward but rather about practices and procedures that may be somewhat outdated.

“…and maybe it’s time, in 2019/2020, to revisit some of our procedures to see if there are ways that we can do things quicker, as longs as they are legal, as longs as they have integrity and as long as they are transparent, speed up some of the processes so that we do not get bog down on waiting on contracts, on contracts, on contracts, on contracts, that sometimes take an awfully long time to get sorted,” Mr Matthews urged.

6 Responses to “‘We still feel frustration in the public service’- CoP Matthews”

  • asking for a friend.. (21/08/2019, 08:37) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
    the governor his friend his head of the service, how come he not putting pressure on him? set of oppressors
  • 911 (21/08/2019, 10:20) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    try go solve crime
    • Jaigon (21/08/2019, 14:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @911, I agreed with you 100%, that should be his focus, and not trying to get into the functions of government. Talking about bureaucracy, then he should start looking at rearranging the police force and get them in line, too much substandard. How come that woman police who brought total disgrace on the police force in that court matter last month is still an acting Inspector within your crime division. Since when the police force are rewarding people for wrong doing. Mr. Commissioner, please clean your room first before even attempt to clean someone else’s own.
  • my 2 cents (21/08/2019, 18:49) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    He has turn out to be a show boat not a work horse
  • Hmm (22/08/2019, 11:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    He looking money again
    • wize up (22/08/2019, 15:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Hmm: how comes the people of the territory was not given an update on the two million dollars handed over to the department of police


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