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Where is the new Commissioner of Police?

- Mr Robin Smith not expected in the territory until November
Newly appointed Commissioner of Police Mr Robin Smith is not expected to take up his post until November, the Governor’s Office has informed Virgin Islands News Online. Photo: GIS/File
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Alwyn James is currently acting as Commissioner of Police. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Alwyn James is currently acting as Commissioner of Police. Photo: VINO/File
Mr David Morris: This news site had first and accurately reported on August 12, 2015 that the man to replace Mr David Morris was likely to be fellow UK national Mr Smith who has served as the Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police Department in the United Kingdom. Photo: VINO/File
Mr David Morris: This news site had first and accurately reported on August 12, 2015 that the man to replace Mr David Morris was likely to be fellow UK national Mr Smith who has served as the Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police Department in the United Kingdom. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly appointed Commissioner of Police Mr Robin Smith is not expected to take up his post in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) until November, the Governor’s Office has informed Virgin Islands News Online.

This news site had first and accurately reported on August 12, 2015 that the man to replace Mr David Morris was likely to be fellow UK national Mr Smith who has served as the Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police Department in the United Kingdom.

Our accurate information was confirmed by the Governor’s Office via a press release on September 4, 2015.

"Acting Governor Mrs V. Inez Archibald CBE, in accordance with Sections 97(1) and 97(2) of the Virgin Islands Constitution, has appointed Mr Robin Smith as Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force on the recommendation of the Police Service Commission and the advice of the Virgin Islands National Security Council," the press release had stated.

The Governor’s Office did not state in the press release when Mr Smith was expected to take up his post, however, it informed this news site today, September 15, 2015, that Mr Smith is due to arrive in the Virgin Islands in November.

“Mr Smith is not yet in Territory. He is due to arrive in November,” Policy Officer in the Governor’s Office Maria Mays stated.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Alwyn James is currently acting as Commissioner of Police.

Apart from seeking to promote camaraderie and loyalty among officers and to gain the confidence of citizens, the urgent task of curbing the recent spate of armed robberies in the territory is one that is expected to be high on the agenda for Mr Smith.

28 Responses to “Where is the new Commissioner of Police?”

  • west (15/09/2015, 13:05) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    November? We all will be shoot up by then
    • way to make $$$$$ (15/09/2015, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      the bvi police is a joke just hand them a pair of boxing gloves each, and put it on Pay Per View...
      • Hmph (16/09/2015, 10:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        dem police boys and wimmin wood not arive at de boxing until all de fighten done and finish
  • facts man (15/09/2015, 13:18) Like (13) Dislike (18) Reply
    If they had choose a local or someone from the region he would have been done on the job
    • World Traveler Plus (15/09/2015, 14:36) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
      Likewise, as this role was advertised and filled internationally, then naturally there will be a delay.
      The fact is that no local person was accepted as COP. Get over it and move on .
      • @ world traveler plus (15/09/2015, 16:21) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
        you racist
        • police officers (16/09/2015, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          Racists, enjoy your time because the hate never wins. Going to be a hard battle, but Smith will leave a failure just like barry Web and David Morris
      • @ world traveler plus (16/09/2015, 00:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        The true fact is, that no qualified local person applied!
  • Music (15/09/2015, 14:12) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    He is/was working in East Sussex and probably has to deal with the aftermath of the plane crash at the air display in Shoreham which killed 11 people. I myseft was 15 minutes away from where it happened and had to make a detour.
  • Observer (15/09/2015, 14:27) Like (6) Dislike (15) Reply
    If James could act, then he is a good actor. he should be confirmed.
  • Duty Calls (15/09/2015, 15:12) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The RVIPF is the hardest Police Force in the entire Caribbean to lead. Everyone wants to be SERVED, be the boss and do nothing else. What happened to the oath you guys took to SERVE the Government people of this territory?
    • wize up (15/09/2015, 23:03) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      some of the police are simply here for the salary: when you drive around count the number of police that you see; there are no police patrolling our villages so the bad-boy them are slowly taking over: I will submit to you; anytime you see the cops in your neighborhood you can bet that they are looking for someone...the US dollar brings them here; easy money and no accountability
    • Citizen (16/09/2015, 13:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problem is that there are a handful of police officers in the force who are trouble makers whom I label as obstructionists including those who are doing their very best to stop the Police Promotion Examination Process. Others simply see it as a job and careless about doing their very best to raise policing standards within the RVIPF so that the Territory could benefit from a professional police service. I would urge all of the officers who mean well and truly care about the organisation and the Territory to support the new Commissioner when he takes office so that he could move the force forward while leaving the obstructions and deadbeats behind.
  • bird man (15/09/2015, 16:13) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    He is a Robin so he perhaps still flying somewhere over the Atlantic.lol
    • @duty calls (15/09/2015, 17:55) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      He probably having second thoughts after Morris spoken to him.
      No successful person in UK would want the job if they know what Morris was put thru by politicians and public. Its not all rum and sun Robin!
      • You miss one (15/09/2015, 23:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        And don't forget the mess the officers put Morris through as well
  • So (15/09/2015, 21:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    aryo want he to come so bad right? Yer right and nobody want to give out information when something bad happen to solve crime. Shame, shame.
  • wize up (15/09/2015, 22:55) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    not to worry; Smith is currently in Florida being briefed by the former commissioner Morris while playing a few rounds of golf: is Smith being paid all now or when he actually arrive in the territory( it Iwon't hurt to know).....
  • exams (15/09/2015, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    giving the ag cop some time to do some dity work so when he comes he looks like a prince
  • yes (15/09/2015, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I find all of the pro Smith comments and justifcation on here for this appointment amusing.
  • Voter Too (16/09/2015, 06:58) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Perhaps he has changed his mind after what happened in Anguilla. I know sometimes we tend not to appreciate our own but it is full time for a local COP. We may be still under colonial rule but there are some decisions we can make on our own in this and other aspects. A retired COP from one of the islands can be used and perhaps train or take under his care a local cop whow will eventually take over. Try some thing
    • wize up (16/09/2015, 08:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ voter too: our elected officials only care about locals just before voting day: are our politicians actually fighting to have a local become the head of police ( I am just asking, its nothing political)....
  • Yes (16/09/2015, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He and Dr O"Neal thinking the same way
    just got a new job, first thing Take a month
    vacation quick. LMAO
  • in the know (17/09/2015, 03:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smith is still working for Sussex Police, doing the job he is paid for. He will start in BVI in early November and will be paid from the day he starts.
  • the spy (18/09/2015, 06:44) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Smith was already in the bvi. Liming with head oF HMP


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