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EE & WE police stations will have officers on 24-hr shifts from Monday- CoP

- Commissioner of Police says it’s not his preference, but he has listened to the concerns of community
Making it clear that it is not his preference to have his officers on a 24-hour shift at the East End and West End Police Stations, Commissioner of Police Mark Collins has said he has, nevertheless listened to the concerns of the public, and beginning Monday, October 16, 2023, both police stations will have officers 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police Mark Collins said he is aware of some concerns this week of officers not being able to respond to burglaries, although he always reiterates that 311 and 911 are open to the public. Photo: Facebook
Commissioner of Police Mark Collins said he is aware of some concerns this week of officers not being able to respond to burglaries, although he always reiterates that 311 and 911 are open to the public. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Making it clear that it is not his preference to have his officers on 24-hour shifts at the East End and West End Police Stations, Commissioner of Police Mark Collins has said he has, nevertheless, listened to the concerns of the public, and beginning Monday, October 16, 2023, both police stations will have officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It was in July 2023, that CoP Collins, amidst complaints from the public that the police stations in East End and West End are often closed, said the stations are opened “every day of the week”; however, there are occasions when the police station door is closed and the reason is because the officers are out walking in the community and “talking to people and engaging.”

‘I am not stubborn enough’- CoP Collins

Speaking at a press conference called by the National Security Council (NSC) on October 12, 2023, Mr Collins said it was some months ago he announced he was going to move the response function of policing to Road Town, and that he had expressly said the reason was about getting the response offices together at every shift to make sure they were properly briefed regarding hotspots and what the focus of the should be collectively.

Mr Collins said he maintains that is the best way to do business; however, he is “not stubborn” enough to realise that there are concerns within the community in relation to police officers not being visible in East End and West End.

“Let me reiterate that on every day, on every shift, officers at parade are posted at East End and West End. Auxilary officers are at the East End Police Station five days a week, and the East End Police Station is open, Cane Garden Bay Police Station is open and when they are not open the officers are out in the community.”

Police stations to have 24-hr police presence

“But I have listened to the concerns of the community and from next Monday I will be posting officers back to the East End and West End [police stations] on a 24-hour shift system, to allow the visibility to be seen at those police stations and we will see how that goes."

The Commissioner of Police said he is aware of some concerns this week about officers not being able to respond to burglaries, although he always reiterates that 311 and 911 are open to the public.

“Those numbers should be answered 24/7, but I do understand the concerns in the community about the visibility of officers particularly in the light of some of the serious incidents we have seen over the last few weeks.

“So from next week, officers will be posted 24/7 back into the East End and West End, working from those stations as well. And I hope that it allays some of the fears of the community going forward. And we will constantly keep this under review.”

Mr Collins emphasised the issue is not about a response function.

“We have community police officers working out of our police stations every day and we have roving patrols of our armed response vehicles and our road policing vehicles as well that are deployed to the hotspot areas. So, the resources are available to respond to the calls, but I have recognised the concerns of the community,” Mr Collins stated.

33 Responses to “EE & WE police stations will have officers on 24-hr shifts from Monday- CoP”

  • He tells untruths (13/10/2023, 10:49) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    But his lying rass said they were always opened 24-7 when Mitch was on his body! Now a change of tune
  • Local (13/10/2023, 10:54) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    This police commissioner clearly doesn't know anything about policing this should have been done from God knows when every bloody year they hiring a bunch of people for officers wasting tax payers money and you can't find a officer but they driving up and down with 4 officers in vehicle when the other 2 should be doing foot patrol the police men them looking the police women and have them around before they do the job. No station needs to be unattended go road town station officers tripping over each other no management skills.
  • knowledge (13/10/2023, 10:54) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    But when and where was this announced that they was operating at a specific time? As to my knowing ALL Police Stations was supposed to be opened 24-7.
    • @knowledge (14/10/2023, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Guess what? You go to the police station before this change... chances are its closed!

      The people have been saying forever the police stations are not open, and they are not open at regular daytime hours.

      It is a complete failure of a system with no protection. This is indirectly contributing to the levels of violence we've seen including the recent police van shooting which apparently happened in front of East End police station.

      Do you know how many times bikers have endangered lives stunting in front of West End police station?

      Its a damn shame.
  • It is time (13/10/2023, 11:10) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time to get an honest and knowledgeable Commissioner of Police.
    • Bruce (16/10/2023, 07:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Police stations are supposed to be open 24/7. We all know that they have been closed so often and we could not run there for help.
  • oh boy (13/10/2023, 11:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    This guy has challenges with the truth.
  • Vg man (13/10/2023, 11:12) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    This UK Commissioner of Police uses public relations tactics and misleading fancy speeches to try to make the public think he is more effective than he really is.
  • Kermit the Frog (13/10/2023, 11:14) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ah hear more and more white UK Officers in the BVI saying they to don't trust this guy and concern about his competence and vindictivness. Ah gon bac to sip meh tea.
  • king liard (13/10/2023, 11:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • NDP supporter (13/10/2023, 11:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will never believe or trust anything these Governors and their Commissioner of Police say. They ignored the public and called us liars when we told them the out post police stations are closed most of the times. They said it is not true. Now the lady with the bakery in East End who got robbed said she called the East End police station and could not get anyone because the station was closed with no officer at the station. I guess they will say she is a liar also and it was not how she is claiming. These people cannot be trusted.
  • imagine (13/10/2023, 11:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most police officers including some UK officers are afraid to let the evil minded UK Commissioner of Police know their growing concerns about how poor and divided he is running the force. They are saying to persons this is the most divided the force has ever been. They are saying so hoping it does not get back in the ears of the evil minded UK Commissioner of Police because he will come at them with force as he always have the backing of the Governor no matter what.
  • note (13/10/2023, 11:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marco Pollo has more resources than any other Commissioner of Police but is the biggest failure. His mistakes are being covered up by the Governor because they both need each other for the bigger plot and picture. All this at the expense of the safety of the people of the BVI.
  • hypocrites (13/10/2023, 11:30) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    If a black local or Caribbean person was this incompetent, divisive, and not truthful as well as a failure, most of you including the Governor would have done made sure he was removed and replaced. Instead he is constantly being rewarded and applauded.
  • Believe it or Not (13/10/2023, 11:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The system is working against us. It’s not by accident either; it’s by design. We need to be vigilant at all times.
    • Here lies the problem (13/10/2023, 12:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      A desperate man is at the helm. He will do anything to look good and please the colonial masters.
  • facts (13/10/2023, 11:32) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where ever the Brits takeover there is always chaos and deception.
  • Not good (13/10/2023, 11:34) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I challenge all to pull up the article where this man was adamant the stations were not closed like the public was saying. Then read what he is saying now in this article. Then all will see the true liar of a man in this position which makes him extremely dangerous.
  • Never (13/10/2023, 11:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most people lost confidence in this guy when they saw that negative video of the BVI he was using to recruit officers. It shows he thinks nothing positive about the BVI and its people. He has not changed and he will never change. He is definitely not the man for this job.
  • 911 (13/10/2023, 11:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the COI on the governor and police commissioner and department.
  • Unbelievable (13/10/2023, 11:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up to now I cannot believe how he went to the COI and lied and got away with it. He does not know the truth if it hits him in the face.
  • @ THE WIGO (13/10/2023, 11:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Urgent (13/10/2023, 11:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    An urgent review of the police force and this man's leadership needs to be done if we want to save the force and truly fight crime. He cannot continue to be allowed to look into himself. He plays too much mind games.
  • Help our BVI (13/10/2023, 11:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thieves on the streets and a liar heading the police force. The worse two people are thieves and liars. Lord help our BVI.
  • WEW (13/10/2023, 12:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will they be awake?
  • Mustang (13/10/2023, 12:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why were the police stations being operated on commercial business hours in the first place? What changed?
    • Quiet Rebel (14/10/2023, 07:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The East End/Long Look community comprises two electoral districts ( 7& 8) but it is in essence 1 community and the largest community in the territory. Who was the experience genius that think it was a prudent decision to operate the police station on the same operating hours as a commercial retail store?? CoP Mark Collins. Instead of focusing on the basic issues of serving and protecting the BVI community, he raced past the basics straight to the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, ie, self-actualization. Was not this the same guy in the midst of rising crime was laser focused on changing the name of the Foyal Virgin Islands Police Force. He didn’t like the Term “Force” in the name. He behaves like a big kid with a toy. Perhaps, he never expected to be more than a local constable in the UK. At best, this dude minimally qualified. But the police falls under the Governor’s purview except when it comes to accountability and responsibility, he gets a free pass. The COI totally overlooked the police and any thing else under the Guv’s purview. But when you are evaluating yourself all is always well. How long the docile BVI people going lie down and be trampled upon? How long? Neither Vernon Malone nor Fraser would have been such a long rope with so many missteps. But I bet Mark try to extend his tenure his tenure as CoP in a the BVI in which released as being the worst place on earth, for which he was supposedly pardoned or forgiven by the Governor. No news tgere though. They are both Britons and white.
  • Qualifications! (13/10/2023, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am starting to wonder. What is this man's qualifications? VINO please lay it out on the table. And who is responsible for the due diligence checks on this bloke?? Need to bundle up the officers in Road Town for proper debriefing? This prevents them from having a constant presence throughout the islands?? ABSURD! He came from the UK, which is MUCH BIGGER than the BVI. Stop talking gibrish. How were you qualified in the UK and cannot run a little operation on a small set of islands? It's not adding up!!! If you are not qualified, BE GONE!! If you are qualified, this is NEGLIGENCE WITH INTENT AND MALICE AFORETHOUGHT, at least. His and the governor's disastrous performance is CRIMINAL and an investigation needs to be launched IMMEDIATELY! They are destroying the country, national security is down to NOUGHT, there is no trust within the force. What is truly going on? Why do they have no care or concern for this country? Why are they being paid a salary. They only have to manage ONE THING! ONE THING! NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT IS IT! If you can not do your one job, STOP criticizing others who have 10! Send this man on leave without pay and let Scotland Yard conduct the investigation on the UK's purse. This madness has to end!
  • cap (13/10/2023, 12:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You mean up till now if someone gets robbed at gunpoint late at night, attacked, chased, or whatever the threat may be… And they went to one of those police stations, they would’ve been empty and they’d probably be dead?! Wow.
  • HMMM (13/10/2023, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Picture Robberman on you rass, and police say come back next day.. Thief from Thief mak God smile.
  • ... (14/10/2023, 19:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    " Commissioner of Police says it’s not his preference,"

    Im sorry what?

    Stay silent you are a hero. Instead he opened his mouth and told us he is a class A fool.

    ....Im lost after that face palm.

    He's still employed?

    I need a new curse word for this one.

    Not his preference means he could have had them opened all the time?

    Why is he here?

    Someone please teach me a new word to describe this professional, leave it below.
  • ... (14/10/2023, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He doesnt think.

    What about an invalid or struggling person with no cellphone & no car, no ride. How about a person robbed of their cellphone, purse ect.

    They have to walk all the way from East End or West End or Cane Garden bay to go to town's police station by his understanding of how it should work.
  • Hmm (14/10/2023, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So all this talk about fighting crime... All the shooting and boat burnings...

    So if someone is being followed home or even one of those dastardly criminals is being pursued by a would be murderer... and they drove to West end OR East end police station looking for security, they'd be dead?

    Resign. Please resign.

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