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Younger police officers ‘quite challenging individuals to bring into line’ – CoP Matthews

- appeared as a guest of My BVI Radio Show on February 16, 2021
Outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has admitted that some persons from the younger generation being recruited into the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are a challenge for the force. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews appeared as a guest of My BVI Radio Show on February 16, 2021. Photo: Facebook
Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews appeared as a guest of My BVI Radio Show on February 16, 2021. Photo: Facebook
The RVIPF had come under severe criticisms last year over incidents of persons being tased while seemingly posing no threat to arresting officers. In most of the cases, the officers involved were noticeably young. Photo: VINO/File
The RVIPF had come under severe criticisms last year over incidents of persons being tased while seemingly posing no threat to arresting officers. In most of the cases, the officers involved were noticeably young. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has admitted that some persons from the younger generation being recruited into the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are a challenge for the force.

He said during the My BVI Radio Show on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, undoubtedly, the society that was once very caring has changed and pointed out to an example of the period following the devastating hurricanes of 2017 where that caring and friendly nature emerged for a while.

The RVIPF had come under heavy criticism last year over incidents of persons being tased while seemingly posing no threat to arresting officers.

In most of the cases, the officers involved were noticeably young.

Commissioner Matthews had publicly defended his officers at the time, following a public backlash.

'Very different mindset'

“I am sure we all accept that the society of today globally is not the same society that we were all born into. But, the reality is the world has changed, and in particular, I don’t want to pick on young people but in particular the younger generation view crime, they view violence, and they view their way of acting way of life as quite acceptable where some of us from the older generation will find that quite astonishing,” he remarked on the My BVI Radio Show with hosts Angelle A. Cameron and Bishop John I. Cline.

Mr Matthews added that he has deliberately sought to recruit more young people to the force; however, there are challenges that have come about as a result.

"I am recruiting and I have been recruiting from some of that generation in the last few years and I will say this openly, and I am sure that some of my own recruits in the force will hear this message: some of them are quite challenging individuals to bring into line and to get them to understand the standards that we look for in terms of service to the public and keeping the laws of the territory.”

He said this is the case “Because their mindset is very, very different to mine and don’t necessarily see that politeness and courtesy, and love your neighbour is the bedrock of what they are about.”

26 Responses to “Younger police officers ‘quite challenging individuals to bring into line’ – CoP Matthews”

  • from buckingham palace (17/02/2021, 17:23) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    Good C.O.P:
    Say it as it is.Thats what BVI-LANDERS cannot accept and to speak of the changing time in BVI.Instead,we focus on the Goverenors and the Commissioners from UK.
    The UK citizens will return to UK but what happens;the problem remain in BVI,because we do not take advice from expats/islandman.
    • @from Buckingham palace (18/02/2021, 09:36) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      What are you talking about? Almost all of the police officers young or old are expats. I believe that this is the main problem. Plus, most of the female officers truly should try employment as a barmaid. They are terrible at their jobs.
  • commission of inquiry (17/02/2021, 17:41) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
    Now is he admitting that his officers are lawless and corrupt like the National Democratic Party. Just checking for ma neighbor dem.
    • BuzzBvi (17/02/2021, 23:42) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      He didn't admit anything. He is trying to offer an open clear discussion or conversation about a difficult area that people would be best to think about and engage in.
      • @Buzzbvi (18/02/2021, 09:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Will he should admit it! That's the main problem with the police force.
  • Reality of the situation (17/02/2021, 17:59) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    They are difficult to bring into the line because most of them are sociopaths, psychopaths, narcissists and sexual deviants! Most of them seek out this kind of authoritative job because in real life they have no power and/or suffer with some type of power struggle and the only way they can get respect and/or take advantage of other people and get away with it, is by wearing that uniform. Who the hell willingly wants to be a police officer anyways? Lunatics.
    • True! (18/02/2021, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Who want to be a police officer? Mostly sociopaths, psychopaths, narcissists and sexual deviant bullies.
  • west (17/02/2021, 18:38) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Buckingham palace, you right along with bad up bring , no respect and manners!!
  • Truth that (17/02/2021, 19:09) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not Just the force but in every descipline employment....Always late, dont, listen, hot tempered, untidy, dont want to work, wants to get rich quick. Cant be trusted. Especially around money....Yep, its the sad truth..However the few good ones are really good, descipline and hard working ,, Thats just a small few..
  • Wrong (17/02/2021, 19:12) Like (5) Dislike (26) Reply

    No you’re the one who needs to be brought into line Mucky Mick. We don’t forget how sycophantic you were with your best friend rac**t big** Gus. On our necks!

  • Yes I (17/02/2021, 20:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Them maybe sayin them hav a good boss
  • Ololokoko (17/02/2021, 20:58) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    There all came from different place and direction with blood in there eyes and hate and jealousy in there hearts and only motivated by greed like those of the past for those there meet ...
    The agony of cures on earth
  • facts (17/02/2021, 21:18) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
    Mike has been a failure he needs to go home
  • gfdgfdgfd (17/02/2021, 22:03) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    If the RVIPF is unattractive or poorly run, it is your failure as the leader of that organization. Stop trying to blame the BVI people for your failure.
  • Real Talk (17/02/2021, 23:18) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    The problem with our young police officers is that fact too much of them are blindly clouded by C***Y! Her kool-aid have a negative effect on a lot of mostly young people and the behavior ain’t cutting it for most work places. Hope them don’t like their own attitude make them unemployed like C***Y
  • Dancing in the sunshine (18/02/2021, 04:18) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us face the facts and examine ourselves in relation to what the Commissioner said and see if he is incorrect. Unless there is a change in attitude of the young people, the territory will continue to experience social problems. Some of the parents themselves need to be trained in raising children. Making a child is not all that matters. And so we expect the Commissioner of police to be the parent of the young police officers. Parents train your children at home before they become menace to society.
  • when? (18/02/2021, 04:28) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply

    When is ra****t mick leaving??? If you hate us so much why you buy a mansion here??

  • Mick (18/02/2021, 06:51) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply

    U is the head of the failure u been condoning for ur whole term not even trying to correct...u always defended your force even when there did wrong to the people and law now u here complaining to the people about them ..u is root of the continued fester of the mess like others before u.. u ***** expat want only to give this impression that we the local cant run our country. So u the uk can have an excuse to come and intervein in our affairs to control and oppress us and put all interest in favor of u all ****** expat..but this 2021 ..but I just want to remind my people..BLACK PEOPLE that never forget that there never give us freedom from there evil legal ocustrated inhumanity hell there had us living for 400 year and more ..WE TAKE UR FREEDOM. It we our self it was not anything there wish for us. ..and for those out there who think it anything esle different hmmmm. ....

  • oh boy (18/02/2021, 07:03) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any organization or department in the BVIs reflects the BVI society and the Caribbean by extension. Like it or not, it is the Gospel truth because people did not come from SPACE.

    But there is another concern. The concern is, we as adults are making too much DAM excuse for young people. WRONG IS WRONG AND RIGHT IS RIGHT regardless of who the person is or where he or she is from.

    Mr Commissioner I must say that some of the problem that is been experienced in the RVIPF from the young or younger officers is because the senior management team or SMT as you all call it, lack of enforcement of discipline on the young officers but are killing the older ones.

    So the disrespect is to be blamed on the senior officers who wants to be popular and most liked.
    • @oh boy (19/02/2021, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So true. Why should there be disrespect by young officers towards authority and it is hard to bring them into line? Don't they charge persons who are disrespectful to them? Don't you have to stand up straight and march when they say as members of the public? Why then is the COP saying they are difficult to handle? "Repercussions for actions" is a phrase that most parents and bosses have not heard, but it certainly worked when I was growing up. Make them clean the duggone toilets in the Station if they won't listen. But you are afraid of them, aren't you? This is another reason why it is more important to have your own people in these positions.

      In fact, a senior officer pulled a gun on a member of the motoring public just a few months ago in Sea Cows Bay. A report was made. Bet you haven't seen that. Thank God their were witnesses in the vehicle with the person as he just stopped in the middle of the road and pointed his gun at the person's vehicle. Maybe he didn't like his driving, but pointing a gun? The Force needs cleaning out. Our Deputy COP should be local if the COP isn't. Why? As I see it, the senior police officers are just trying to keep everybody employed and save pensions and not worried about this Jurisdiction. Just biding their time when they can go home again and receive big pension checks from the BVI Government. God though has another plan for this kind of behaviour. He does not like ugly.
  • Observer (18/02/2021, 09:03) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    The RVIPF is in shambles this Commissioner like most from the UK has failed. Their persistent failures are largely due to them not understanding the history and culture of these Virgin Islands. Because they don't understand the history and culture of the VIs they immediately hand over the reigns of the organization to the Deputy who is another failure. another problem is that 75%, if not more of the officers are expatriates who could care less about the VIs. They are after two things which are the almighty US dollar and BVI citizenship which comes by marrying local women. That said, I cannot lay all of the blame at the feet of the COP and his Deputy because a number of our local officers seems to be easily corruptible. They want to get to far to fast. Their love for material things lures them into unlawful activities. This type of mentality needs to change and change quickly.
  • Ben (18/02/2021, 09:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Could it be that the training provide here in the BVI does not instill enough discipline in them. From my understanding, police training abroad was strict and regimented compared to what officer training in the BVI is. It may appear that the difference in training my be something to look at.
    • Concerned (18/02/2021, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Training is the magic word, we are not saying not to have the training locally, we are just sayong it must be more intense
  • Hinter (18/02/2021, 13:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "VI- Outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has admitted that some...." out going where?...outgoing to Her Majesty Customs?... hint hint.
  • My SaySo (18/02/2021, 13:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The challenge is that they are from a different place with a culture of crime, Murder and robbery is and has always been the norm. BVIslanders are a different sort and policing is is unatteactive,abhorrent and simply not in their DNA.
    Since it's necessary to import the policing force ,rather than import from places where crime is the expected,the norm accepted, why not impo rt from the UK where they are professionally trained to Police and not criminally trained to embrace crime .
    Importing police from places where crime is #1 in the world to a place where their kith and kin migrate is simply an extension of the life they left for a bigger paycheck.


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