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Petition accuses CoP Collins of promoting ‘cronies’ over qualified officers

As part of some 55 damning allegations made against Commissioner of Police Mark Collins in a petition signed by some 30 persons, including officers in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the Commissioner has been accused on promoting 'his cronies' in top positions in the RVIPF. Photo: VINO/File
A section of the 11-page petition calling for the removal of the Commissioner of Police amidst over 50 allegations him and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the 11-page petition calling for the removal of the Commissioner of Police amidst over 50 allegations him and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As part of some 55 damning allegations made against Commissioner of Police Mark Collins in a petition signed by some 30 persons, including officers in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the Commissioner has been accused on promoting "his cronies" in top positions in the RVIPF.

In the petition addressed to Governor John J. Rankin CMG and seen by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), accusations 17 through 29 accused the top cop of inserting himself in the promotion process of the force, which resulted in the disenfranchisement of other officers.

According to the document, it said ‘The Commissioner of Police Mark Collins and his management team refused to entertain the application of several officers with no criminal matters, the opportunity to work beyond 55 years but abused his office to grant the inspector with criminal charges a further extension,” it said.

It remains unclear what specific scenario the accusation is pointing to as no names of officers were provided, however, the document further went on to accuse the Commissioner of imposing himself on the Public Service Commission and overreaching as it related to the superintendent promotion process in 2022.

Promotion process compromised? 

Up to publication time, Mr Collins had still not responded to VINO’s inquiry on the petition and his possible response.

The petition has accused the Commissioner of increasing the level of corruption, skullduggery, and the deceitful manner in which the promotion process is conducted in the force to an ‘all-time high’.

“The Commissioner of Police facilitated the promotion of one of his cronies at the disenfranchisement of the Detective Inspector who clearly has a superior score, by telling the most qualified candidate that he does not have the senior executive training which was not part of the prerequisite,” it added. 

The Petition was copied to Hon James S. Cleverly of Homeland Security, Hon David H. Rutley – Parliamentary Undersecretary of State (Americas and Caribbean), and the Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), along with Ms Rosalia Gardener, Chairman of the Police Service Commission. 

VINO reported that according to sources, the Petition was also reportedly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Police Welfare Association, at least 3 Chief Inspectors, and a number of Inspectors and Sergeants of Police who stand on a matter of principle, fairness, and equality before the law.

21 Responses to “Petition accuses CoP Collins of promoting ‘cronies’ over qualified officers”

  • Victims cry (13/12/2023, 12:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All this bull$h¡t and no justice for the numerous victims of crime committed here SMH
    • On Point (13/12/2023, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      You are correct. However, these colonial people do not like to be challenged or exposed. They become even more dangerous and will abuse their power to destroy anyone who challenges them but do it in a way that makes the public see those people as corrupt or criminals. The BVI has to wake up before it is too late.
  • The too educated ones. (13/12/2023, 13:23) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Thia is not a real Police force...The think they are so educated ones want things their way,. They need to put their energy into fixing the whole Force..I agree that the commissioner is the one with the whip and he ia failing but it can't be up to him alone. The Inspectors play a vital and critical role in the failure.
  • El Demonio Negro (13/12/2023, 14:13) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    He's white so yo know he did that chit.
    • @El Demonio Negro (13/12/2023, 23:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      All this pressure is going to do is make them arrest many people like wild now in the police and public service and make it seem justifiable so they can instill fear so no one will want to continue to challenge them. This is going to be slavery all over again.
    • Me (14/12/2023, 11:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @El Demonio Negro
      You are a racist. Just thought you should know.
  • YEAH RITE (13/12/2023, 17:00) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    is this the best way you can display your drama Queen mentality , to create cheap news , you only fooling yourself , so when ar e you going to jump on Cindy or walwyn to create more drama , next week ? hi Sherlock , why you don't show the commissioner how to solve all those unsolved murders and how to catch those drugs dealers that is turning the country into a narco haven and the killing fields , that will be a very positive way of flex off your over grown EGO on , which in turn will help to clean up the country from the violence that is becoming the norm here now ( then you will become our HERO ) right now you are a ZERO 0⃣
    • @ yeah rite (14/12/2023, 05:59) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      The police commissioner has lost the moral authority to lead both he and you should go from on here writing pig droppings that no one understands
  • embarrassed (13/12/2023, 17:12) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    The RVIPF in my opinion has hit rock bottom in a way that we never expected. Listening to the officers and the issues they spoke about under the leadership of the present COP need a COI by itself. There is no way under the sun that so much allegations and corruptions levied at the police commissioner and we are walking around as if it is business as usual. This is unheard of. I am sure if the COP was a black man from another Caribbean islands with all these allegations, the Governor would have stepped in and do the honourable thing. Guess when you are of the same skin colour then one becomes conveniently colour blind. I hope good sense will prevail and the COP will do the right thing and leave peacefully. The citizens of the BVI have lost trust in the COP and if the citizens cannot trust the one whose in charge then how will they trust the foot soldiers? It is sad that the members of the HOA haven't used there position and voice to get this issue properly address.
    • @embarressed (13/12/2023, 17:39) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      I am embarrassed for you that you believe all this hogwash. It’s embarrassing that it even makes headlines here as it’s based on nothing other than a handful of disgruntled officers. The main protagonist is a suspended cop suspected of being corrupt and you think any of us here should take this seriously?? smh
      Carry on Commissioner keep dealing with these bad cops let’s have an RVIPF that we know we can rely on.
      • Kenpachi (14/12/2023, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        When it had the previous cop and the corrupted Deputy them lay down and take it. But now them got energy for this one. lmfao sigh sad..

    • Nothing new (16/12/2023, 13:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If truth be told all the allegations written and signed by the members of the RVIPF are nothing new COP white or black is the same crap. It's just that before the officers complained to the unconcerned persons. Go as far back as in Mr. Walwyn's days what happened then is happening now.
  • Look at his face (13/12/2023, 18:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know he work with James Ford Bill Moody Benjamin monk in the uk
  • Anegadian (13/12/2023, 18:41) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Drama,drama. Blame one person is not fair. It is a team that's running the force. We have two useless deputies and an Acp. You want me to believe, one man made all the decisions without being challenged by any of them. Why we pay them for? To be a gossip,or....
  • The TRUTH (13/12/2023, 19:20) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    The petition was signed by less than 30 Officers, of these several are suspended potentially facing criminal charges, several are bitter officers who failed to meet the required standard on recent promotion boards, several did not know they had signed and are victims of having their signature forged, and the rest thought they were signing a petition to tackle other issues. This petition has zero credibility.
  • From the inside (13/12/2023, 19:50) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Commissioner has never sat on any promotion board. He receives recommendations from his senior team and then appoints.
  • From a BVI Cop (13/12/2023, 19:52) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Who are his cronies? He has promoted only local people from within the RVIPF!!!!!
    • @ from a bvi cop (14/12/2023, 06:02) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Ha ha love to see when the white officers start blogging trying to support a man they do not even respect, it’s so funny
  • All in All (13/12/2023, 22:21) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is 30 disgruntled BLACK police whose cards got peeped. They are doing this to turn the BLACK COMMUNITY against the Police Commissioner because he is White. If the Police Commissioner was a BLACK LOCAL everything would be all good.
  • The truth shall come out (14/12/2023, 00:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nothing but a witch hunt against the Police Commissioner by a group of disgruntled rotten apples on the force. And there are people who actually believe the B S.

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