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David Morris racks up over 140K in salary & allowances

Top cop’s package is more than Permanent Secretaries and many above his pay grade!
September 5th, 2012 | Tags: David Morris salaries allowances morale RVIPF
Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris is paid salary and allowances totalling over $140k which is more than what all sitting Permanent Secrataries make as well as other senior officers in the service above his pay grade. This information was revealed at the last House of Assembly sitting on September 3, 2012 following a question posed by Third District Representative Julian Fraser RA to Premier and head of Government business. Dr D. Orlando Smith. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It pays in the Virgin Islands, if you are an expat from the United Kingdom on contract and your name is David Morris the Acting Police Commissioner.

The Acting top cop of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is taking home a base salary of $90,084.00 per annum at Government salary grade 18, step 11.  In addition to the base salary the contract UK officer racks up telephone allowance of $1,296.00, entertainment at $5, 184.00, inducement of $37,000 and national security of $7,500.00 in allowances.

To add to the package the Acting Police Commissioner also receives from tax payers a travel allowance totaling $3, 600 per year while still driving a government vehicle, after most senior civil servants and heads of some departments were stripped of their government vehicle and told they could not have both, i.e. receive a travel allowance and still drive a government vehicle.

Therefore, the total package is some one hundred and forty four thousand, six hundred and sixty four dollars ($144,664.00) per year, a package that is more than all current sitting Permanent Secretaries, the Solicitor General, Executive Director of the BVI International Finance Centre, and the Auditor General according to information obtained by this news site.

The information on Mr. Morris’ salary and allowances was obtained via a question posed at the first session of the first sitting of the second session of the second House of Assembly held on Monday 3rd.September 2012 to the Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith from third district representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA.

It was also stated that there are 10 police officers from the UK on contract paid for by tax payers’ money.  However, out of the 10 four are said to be doing sensitive work so their identities cannot be revealed to the public according to Dr. Smith.

David Morris' power before he was Acting Commissioner

An article published by this news site dated May 9, 2011 and titled ‘Who is in charge of the RVIPF, is the Deputy too powerful?’ spoke to many vexing issues in the Police Force.

Many police officers  inside the RVIPF had came forward and told this news site that there is a rift between black officers vs white and local officers vs expatriate officers which has affected the morale, and team working relationship of the organization.

For example, according to sources, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police David Morris is said to at the time have had all the power with allegedly everyone in the organization reporting to him.

One senior officer told Virgin Islands News for the article that it “seems like Commissioner Reynell Frazer is useless and none existent”.

“Could you imagine an organisation where when you go to the Commissioner on matters that he should address he sends you to the Deputy Commissioner? another officer told this news site at the time for the article May 2011 article.

Is race a factor?

According to information reaching Virgin Islands News Online from officers who were at meetings, they have alleged that there might be subtle discrimination, as in a few meetings, when then Deputy Commissioner Morris had allegedly said that he needs the United Kingdom Officers as the local police officers do not “have the skills and capabilities like his UK officers”.

One officer further told this news site for the same article that Mr. Morris is always pushing a Nigel Nivens, a UK officer who is the Senior Investigative Officer, and telling the other local officers of Mr. Nivens’ alleged police skills that no other local officers have to investigate crime.  However, another police officer told Virgin Islands News Online for the article that when crime occurs at night ‘we never see Nigel but he is the SIO”.

Another issue that is causing low morale in the force, especially amongst middle and senior management, is the lack of promotion.  According to police sources, the three UK police officers who are all contract officers have been assigned to established posts within the RVIPF.  This means during their contractual time other officers cannot be promoted as the post is filled by them.

Following the article then Deputy Police Commissioner Morris censored this news site by banning us from receiving press releases from the RVIPF media distribution list including the removal of all Virgin Islands News Online personnel E-mail addresses from the distribution list.

The censorship sparked outrage by the progressive and legal class and the matter did not reach to court.  A few weeks later the ban was lifted and Mr. Morris did exclusive interviews with this news site in an attempt to repair the relationship.

Full article that caused the fall out published on May 9, 2011 can be accessed by clicking the link below:



37 Responses to “David Morris racks up over 140K in salary & allowances”

  • And your point is.... (05/09/2012, 11:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seriously? When you take the 'whole' into consideration, i.e. (he is responsible for maintaining law and order over 20+ islands, drafting and implementing policies of international and national nature, protecting the lives of the population at large and his salary is questioned? If anything, the issue shouldn't be what he is being paid because cops in NY make more than that....and they are just COPS!!! The real issue here is why we have benchmarked other government salaries to be what they are. A person with qualifications and experience entering government with a mere $24k and if they work their way up, at best they are paid some $60k. What kind of nonsense is THAT? At best, starting salaries for a Bachelor's without experience should be $38 (pending on nature of job). One WITH experience should commence at $48k. People with Master's should commence at $60k and those with Master's and Experience $70K. Some where along the way we lost ourselves. It's the let me pay my family and friends more than those who aren't in my camp mentality so I can look down on others mentality. The long and short of it is, the man is being paid what is due him. End of story
  • LB (05/09/2012, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop perverting the issue! It is only 4 inhabited islands. He is merely the Deputy Commissioner acting as the Commissioner and receiving more than any previous BVI Commissioner ever has! That is a travesty!

    Yes I agree with you point on the current paygrades for locals with MBA degrees etc. But don't come talking bout NY cops! That is a different country and tens of thousands of miles away and a different population and all that. So it doesnot apply.

    Bottomline, we are getting raped...AGAIN, by the white man! Why doesn't England pay these 11 officers from England? I bet if England had to pay, their salaries wouldn't be that high.
    • True (05/09/2012, 14:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hate to break this news to you as you set a racist tone in your rape remark. MORRIS isn't a white guy!!!
      • LB (05/09/2012, 22:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Perception is reality. He is white! Non of our local Commissioners (not acting commissioners mind you) ever got that salary! So you can play and dilly-dally with the issue all you want! Bottomline is that he is a non-black and non-local person who is merely "acting" in the position and making more money, from our TaxPayers' dollars than darn near EVERYone in the civil serivce! That is a travesty!
      • Taxpayer (06/09/2012, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Truely? One would not believe that; My golly, he is certainly acting the path. Trust me, SUNDAY IS GONE BUT MONDAY IS A COMING.
    • b&w=gray (05/09/2012, 15:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      think now LB, when his time is up and england sends next police comisioner - this time black man, as you please, you will have to pay for his skin whitner and hair relaxer, you rasist bust@#d...!!!
    • fish market (06/09/2012, 01:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      hmmm that is a lot of money does he evn have a degree??? hope he go catch the killer of Kendoy and stop wasting time in the bush lookin for weed and giving out tickets
  • seprate and unequal (05/09/2012, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why is anyone surprise with morris big salrey?? his bouy is in the white house!!!
    • west end police officer (06/09/2012, 01:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      we local police working here all our lives will never make this...
  • Stewie Griffen (05/09/2012, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lucky Bastard.........
  • Hmmm (05/09/2012, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well maybe if the rest of the BVIslander-populated civil service wasn't given such a ridiculous pension entitlement whereby their pension is based on the highest position (and salary) that they have ever filled (even if only for a day as acting premier), then there would be more money to pay current salaries instead of having to bleed the coffers dry knowing that there is such a massive pension black hole out there...

    Mr Morris won't be entitled to a BVI government pension a a non-belonger...
  • man down (05/09/2012, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is down right discrimination as Rynell never rack up this type of pay. Can’t believe this man making more than a PS…gosh I should have born white!!!!
    • tom (09/09/2012, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what did Reynell do to deserve this bloody amount of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ (“seems like Commissioner Reynell Frazer is useless and none existent”).
  • civil servant (05/09/2012, 12:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope the governor will demonstrate integrity and investigate him getting a $3600 travel allowance each year and still driving a government car with free gas…let’s see if this governor is for good governance or a hypocrite!!!
    • tolian (09/09/2012, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this governor is not going to do anything! they come from the same place meaning which means they hold one head. watch you will see nothing will be done!
  • please (05/09/2012, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yet another inflamatory story, i really hope the facts are right! Why does it always have to be a black and white issue, please let the next top cop or someone similar from UK be black and pay a high salary, maybe its just what the job deserves? who decides the salary level for this position?
  • BREAKING NEWS (05/09/2012, 15:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pays to be white!! I going to check Island Paint later for two buckets of white paint and dash them all over me.

    Let me see if I can go job hunting my Masters and see what them paying! Nothing less than 100K I want because I am now WHITE!
    • Ha (05/09/2012, 16:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you are going job hunting........ do yourself a favor and don't apply in writing !
    • Virgin Gorda (05/09/2012, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so silly breaking news and yoir ignorance is nasty!!!! I am getting sick of your racist post!
    • Me (05/09/2012, 21:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I promise you even if you sat in tub of white paint it still won't you any smarter. You rascist idiot
  • BS (05/09/2012, 15:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    LET THE QUEEN PAY HIM. but thats us BVI ppl... we like to pay outsiders more than our own.
  • Music (05/09/2012, 15:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he is being paid by the government, then government must have agreed the rates, and it was probably the previous government. So what exactly are the inflamatory comments meant to convey.
  • pay day (05/09/2012, 17:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But demm need to pay supa cop some more $$$$$ as he works hard.
    • dog meat (06/09/2012, 01:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      For sure them could pay him out of some of them tickets he does be writing!
  • BVIslander (05/09/2012, 19:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give me a break there is nothing wrong with this man's salary, the compensation packages including no contribution pension given to local civil servants is much worst, this man actually seems to be making a difference and doing work
    • home boy (10/09/2012, 23:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      then why the hell you waz not paying frazer dat??/set of bias fools
  • Truth (05/09/2012, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dealing with these dumb ass tiefing tortolans, he should make $500,000 per year..
  • george w. tush (06/09/2012, 01:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No wonder all of these UK officers could go in the bars every day and then St. John to play golf!!..tortola people fool fool mehson
  • question (06/09/2012, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How they say that these english police was here to help us??? it seem slike they helping them self...
  • hm (06/09/2012, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just give me a comparison with what Frazer's salary and allowances were as Chief. If its that much different then I will talk.
  • vex me vex (06/09/2012, 13:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So has he return the government vehicle or the travel allowance?
  • scavenjah (08/09/2012, 14:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Asked the acting commissioner about the jeep he, wheatley and james use gov't money 2 buy from the commish wife now da jeep aint working. wha u call that. I call it pecuniary advantage its a crime.
    • bad man for the bvi (08/09/2012, 22:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      but the governor is bias and will never touch this guy..someone need to report he to the FCO
  • liz (09/09/2012, 08:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Supa Cop an *zz.Pls

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