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Mold continues to rock Road Town Police Station

- police officers & civilian staff reportedly falling ill
According to reports reaching our newsroom, mold at the Road Town Police Station is causing both police officers and civilian staff to fall ill. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force falls under the portfolio of the UK-appointed Governor John J. Rankin, CMG. Photo: VINO/File
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force falls under the portfolio of the UK-appointed Governor John J. Rankin, CMG. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) celebrates Police Week 2022, word reaching our newsroom from many officers is that all is not well.

Officers speaking to our news centre on condition of anonymity disclosed that the Road Town Police Station is an unhealthy place to work.

According to them, many officers and civilian staff have complained of mold that continues to threaten their health.

Officers & civilians are getting sick

Many Officers are often sick allegedly due to the mold, while others can no longer work in the main police building in Road Town.

Many officers and a few civilian staff have had to make frequent medical visits because of the mold, according to reports.

Following the 2017 hurricanes, the Road Town Police Station building was damaged but has since been repaired.

It is also our understanding that the Government of the Virgin Islands has spent thousands of dollars to remedy the mold situation at the Road Town Police station but the issues still persist, affecting many who occupy the building.

The police force falls under the portfolio of the UK-appointed Governor John J. Rankin, CMG. 

Police Media Liaison Diane L. Drayton, when asked about the reports of mold at Road Town Police Station, said a response would be forthcoming.

28 Responses to “Mold continues to rock Road Town Police Station”

  • the rock (11/10/2022, 16:42) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Stop.letting the drug force from the usvi come into thr bvi and tske the drug monies, that can easily fix the station
  • Silent Majority (11/10/2022, 16:43) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Knock it down and start again.
  • Loose mouth (11/10/2022, 16:51) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    This has been going on too long now. However, the Commissioner should use this opportunity to get some of his Officers on the streets in Road Town while the matter is being fixed. Then while some Pilice would be genuinely sick there are those who would fake it just to get away from duty. Another thing this news is just to highlight something about the Governor. Let's see how many people care for our Pilice.
  • All of a sudden. (11/10/2022, 16:56) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Molds popping up all over.. Wonder why. Whats the main cause..??
    • water (12/10/2022, 06:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mold is everywhere but cannot grow without water, and it does not appear just overnight. Fix the roof, fix the plumbing leaks, where is the ac condensate draining, in short maintain the building as it should. Granted, preventive maintenance practices hereabouts is a little knwon practice. We’re better at complainiing abouit the outcoime
  • asking for a friend (11/10/2022, 17:20) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Why is Collins still on his job?
  • flUffy (11/10/2022, 17:30) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
  • asura (11/10/2022, 17:31) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    is that why we don't see the police or cannot find one?
  • BviBuz (11/10/2022, 17:33) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    maybe be someone needs to tell Ranking that this needs a CoI
  • hurray (11/10/2022, 18:01) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    So i guess we will get more police presence on the road now.
  • we too (11/10/2022, 19:28) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    In BVIEC as well. When we walk all of y’all salt. No power for none ayo real talk. We tired of dealing with the hazardous air from our environment to not be comfortable inside the building.
  • Out door positive. (11/10/2022, 20:50) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    They need to get out of the station office more often and go fight crime. By doing so they would not no inhale mold.
    • smd (12/10/2022, 18:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Really? So when your familget locked up where do they keep them? When your BA get canned from fri-mom guess where you’ll be kept. All the civilian staff aren’t they exposed? The callous manner that some ppl should be disappointing but unfortunately it’s the norm.
  • Well sah???? (11/10/2022, 21:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    How Aaron said he fixed that mold issue there!!!
    • smh (12/10/2022, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      He’s a mold athey say lol
    • lol (12/10/2022, 18:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @well sah - right plan wrong man an overseas company (Cruz) and a retired police officer where the only ones doing works in that place check you facts….

      Also @ smh - you would know as your mouth and appearance obviously could do with some DECONTAMINATION CLEANING - check Clean to the T or pardna from the Bay….
      • smd (13/10/2022, 07:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        @lol. Lol! Am sure your mouth is closer to your nose than I would ever be. Do you own a mirror Shrek? Tfooh! Let’s have the commish publish the report on the Mold issue RTPS, EE, WE. Ask him what is the cleaning regime at these station.if there’s any. How much was spent on fixing admin? Ask him for the study on manpower losses due to sickness. For the pretentious let’s get the agencies that has carried out research on the issue of mold at these station. The leaders aren’t affected and despite the reports chose to do the minimum. If staff is exposed aren’t the patrons as well? The solutions been there for years but successive leaders fail to address it and is only doing dress-up.
        • @smd (13/10/2022, 19:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Apparently reading & comprehension were not your sting suits! At least three companies have been in RT station carrying out works on what they perceived were the issues. The RDA also was involved in refurbishment works and supposedly mitigated the issues. So re-read after you blow your nose and be mindful not to expel your brain cells also…donut…
  • E. Leonard (12/10/2022, 04:46) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mold is commonplace(indoor & outdoor), can be hazardous to health and has been around for a long time. The conditions favorable mold growth, reproduction, and spread include a)mold spores (plentiful, everywhere, and hard to control), b) optimum temperature and humidity (77-86 F & 55%), c) food source(s), and d)moisture. Six common types of mold include stachybotrys (black mold & one of the most hazardous), Chaetomium. Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium and Alternaria. With and under the right condition s, mold can grow, reproduce, and spread quickly (~24-48 hours). The most effective way to control mold is moisture controlling moisture; moisture control is mold control. Prevent and fix leaks (roofs, walls, windows, plumbing, etc). Air conditioning can be a source of mold problem(aspergillus fungus & legionella bacteria(legionnaire’s disease). Contact with and exposure to mold should avoided, contaminated area secured and mold mitigated as soon as possible. Control moisture control mold outbreak.
    • Facility Guru (12/10/2022, 10:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The VI government, including statutory bodies, does a poor job protecting its facilities investment, ie, buildings, utilities, roads, bridges, etc, to maximizing service delivery and attaining design lifecycles. Both government and private sector as employers have a moral responsibility to provide a safe and healthful working environment. Exposure to mold presents a health hazard. However, mold growth, reproduction and spread is relatively easy to control by controlling moisture. Mold remediation is also in my view relatively ease to management. Mold management is about moisture control(s), ie, leaks, humidity, etc. Inspect for and fix leaks quickly after discovery through inspections, and when reported.
    • @E.Leonard (12/10/2022, 12:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, you making mold control look easy by just controlling moisture. Everything in theory sounds easy and look easy on paper. If it is so easy, why is it a persistent problem/issue in the BVI?
      • @@E. Leonard (13/10/2022, 08:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The answer to your question is simply because people can’t be disturbed from their indolence to actually do their jobs properly and there is no one bringing them to account for not doing so.
  • SHAME (12/10/2022, 06:15) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is a shame that a problem that is easily remedied is causing havcc on thispage island the mold problem is easily remedied and you dont have to spend millions of dollars to do it
  • WEW (12/10/2022, 12:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets crank the airconditioner down to 60 and leave the windows & doors open.
  • Sad To Say (12/10/2022, 14:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are we still constructing regular houses from the far back past, and expect that just putting in air conditioning an expect everything to run normal?
    Are the door spaces properly sealed, likewise the windows .,.aren't doors every minute opened to the natural environment?
    We have to step up or step out, choose which one.

    On the other hand, all these various kinds of drugs we are stowing, some sealed, some open some wet ,some funky.
    Do you know that even the monies you confiscate ever so often stink after a while,?. I soon expect to hear that the workers are dying off from that and our government and the vested authorities are still going to say covid 19 if you haven't been vaccinated..
    So call Carvin Malone and ask him,for he seems to know more than everyone of us.
  • anegada (12/10/2022, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nobody cares about the well-being of the officers. When one dies they will quickly place a next one in the same place to get his or her death.And the circle continues.
  • Sam (13/10/2022, 06:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Old police station..thst Station hsve more than mold... Take care of the police and they will do there better.
  • Tip of iceberg (13/10/2022, 19:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor HVAC design and installation is common around here especially for government properties. Not to mention this is completely compounded by quality assurance/control on most; if not all gov. projects. Specifications are deviated from for whatever reasons and therefore the workers and visitors - hell OUR children’s health are being impacted. Poor roof drainage and lack of maintenance also are contributing factors. Even new build construction can have mold spores dormant waiting for the right environmental conditions.

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