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Crime up for sexual offenses, domestic violence & drug seizure- CoP

- Domestic violence the most reported crime in VI
The Virgin Islands (VI) under the United Kingdom Commissioner of Police Mark Collins has faced an increase in crime in some areas. Photo: Facebook
Social media had been erupting with questions about accountability in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and even the Governor’s Office, following the publication of videos showing what is believed to be UK nationals who have been recruited to the RVIPF visiting at least two bars in the Virgin Islands using taxpayers-funded police vessels on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Photo: Team of Reporters
Social media had been erupting with questions about accountability in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and even the Governor’s Office, following the publication of videos showing what is believed to be UK nationals who have been recruited to the RVIPF visiting at least two bars in the Virgin Islands using taxpayers-funded police vessels on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force under Mark Collins has faced and been rocked with a number of scandals, allegedly including human trafficking, using government vessels for UK officers to party on the cays and controversy surrounding evidence disappearing in the case of the person held and released for allegedly causing the death of popular musician Frandy M. Martin Jr (in photo). Photo: Team of Reporters
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force under Mark Collins has faced and been rocked with a number of scandals, allegedly including human trafficking, using government vessels for UK officers to party on the cays and controversy surrounding evidence disappearing in the case of the person held and released for allegedly causing the death of popular musician Frandy M. Martin Jr (in photo). Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (VI) under the United Kingdom Commissioner of Police Mark Collins has faced an increase in crime in some areas.

This was unearthed at the House of Assembly's Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Meeting last month, as the 2023 Budget Estimates were examined.

While testifying in a closed-door meeting before lawmakers last month, Mr Collins admitted that crime has “increased in the areas of sexual offenses, domestic violence and drug-related matters” and decreased for burglaries, robbery and serious offenses.

Lots of issues in homes!

The UK national noted that “domestic violence is significantly the most reported crime in the Territory.”

The top cop further stated that during 2022, there were six (6) homicide cases dealt with by the Major Crime Team with one (1) successfully concluded and significant progress with the outstanding cases.

Mr Collins also informed the Committee that two (2) persons were charged with murder while one (1) of the persons arrested was connected to thirty-six (36) firearms.

He claimed to have recovered eleven thousand (11,000) kilos of cocaine, sixty-eight (68) firearms and two thousand and sixty-four (2,064) rounds of ammunition. There has been no independent agency to confirm these figures, knowing the residents' mistrust of the police.

Matters arising from CoI Report

The Police Force under Collins has faced and been rocked with a number of scandals, allegedly including human trafficking, using government vessels for UK officers to party on the cays and controversy surrounding evidence disappearing in the case of the person held and released for allegedly causing the death of popular musician Frandy M. Martin Jr. 

The police force; however, was not the subject of the one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI).

But after the publication of the CoI report, a Headquarters Investigation team was set up. It is a standalone unit that reports directly on a weekly basis, according to Collins' testimony before the SFC.

There are over 20 plus UK police officers without uniforms here on that assignment and residents have asked why some 99% of them are Caucasian.

Double Standards: one for blacks & one for whites!

Many have also seen it as a double standard where Mr Collins released a video, which many described as offensive and racist, depicting the Territory as crime-infested and a  major narco-state. He had said he did the video in consultation with the BVI Tourist Board; however, the Tourist Board strongly denied it was ever involved.

There were loud voices calling for his resignation; however, his pal Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, said he was pardoned.

23 Responses to “Crime up for sexual offenses, domestic violence & drug seizure- CoP”

  • HMMM (18/01/2023, 10:08) Like (50) Dislike (25) Reply
    This man is the worse thing happened to the police force and the BVI. His motives are bad.
  • One word (18/01/2023, 10:09) Like (32) Dislike (12) Reply
    RACIST
    • @ one word (18/01/2023, 11:04) Like (17) Dislike (12) Reply
      You can say it again that’s why they in the bvi harassing the locals
  • Real Talk (18/01/2023, 11:07) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Even higher for unsolved murders get it right
    • l (18/01/2023, 15:49) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      No murder in the BVI is unsolved. Family and friends of the criminals are protecting them. Dare I tell you that whenever an ex-pat committed a crime 99.9% of the time they are caught. Mark Collins met unsolved murders here long after he is gone there will be more.
  • Bad math (18/01/2023, 12:07) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    99pct of 20 is 19.8 people - so I think they are all caucasian. Just saying. Do the math VINO.
  • Native senior citizen of the Britush Virgin Islands (18/01/2023, 12:28) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    Since when the reporting of crimes increased in some areas, and decreased in others hace proved that the Commisioner of the RVIPF, Mark Collins is a racist, and our Governor is of the same mindset?
    Did we agree or did we not agreed that a person or persons deemed inocent until first proven guilty accordind to our constitution laws of justice?

    People of racist mindset see others as they are without proof everywhere in this world except in the BVI?

    Does skin colour and place of birth prove that black and brown people cannnot be racist as some white skin people are, too?

    All life matter.
    • @ native senior citizen.. (18/01/2023, 14:38) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      These people are sick I just read this article three times and see no place where it said the chief is a racist let alone the governor you sick sick people need to stop
    • @native (18/01/2023, 14:50) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      They are known by their current behavior that matches their racist heritage. A wolf is a wolf even when in sheep clothing.
  • check it out (18/01/2023, 14:53) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    This man has no good thoughts of locals and Caribbean people including those carrying news to him. One of these times ask to be a fly on the wall and you will hear what really is in his heart for us.
  • An issue (18/01/2023, 14:55) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    When you have a Head of something like this that is a liar and a mischief maker mixed with racist tendencies then you have a very dangerous individual in your land. Becareful BVI.
  • The UK again (18/01/2023, 15:00) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Through the UK organized take over of the police force has caused us to be prisoners in our own country as these guys are now targeting anyone who speaks out or acts out against the colonial dictatorship that has emerged. Remember the police is under the Governor. They are abusing their powers and it needs to be looked into. They are turning the country into a police state by design.
  • Watch out VINO (18/01/2023, 16:46) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    School children say he & guvana hate VINO and trying everything they can to get it shut down so VINO watch yourself.
  • not nice (18/01/2023, 18:43) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rankin Collins Pam need to get out of the ví
  • Signs of trouble (18/01/2023, 19:16) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    The rise in crime is a direct sign of trouble in our economy and this is the result of the measures the UK continue to force upon the government that is crippling any government's ability to stimulate the economy. Clearly the UK is strategically shrinking our economy in their usual way of looking like their hands are clean.
  • WTF (18/01/2023, 23:50) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sorry, but the identification and prosecution of crime doesn’t indicate and increase in crime, necessarily. It indicates an efficiency in identifying and prosecuting it.
  • Local (19/01/2023, 07:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    We would have lower crime and more crimes solved if it was all locals running the police.
  • oh ok (19/01/2023, 11:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This place is so nice that even the former Police Commissioner decided to stay and buy a house here to live. So BVI not so bad...
  • Well Sah (19/01/2023, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You'll don't like island people.....You'll don't like whites.....You'll don't like your own.......who the hell You'll like..........only oneself?????
    • @ Well Sah (20/01/2023, 07:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who you all you talking about? We love all people but treat the people right!!!!


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