Top cop Michael Matthews will be serving as Commissioner of Police for another two years.
Governor Augustus Jaspert, who has responsibility for the territory’s constabulary, decided to extend Matthews’ appointment based on the advice of the National Security Council as well as the recommendation of the Virgin Islands Police Service Commission.
The extension took effect on April 20.
Governor Jaspert thanked Matthews for his service since the top cop’s first appointment in 2016.
“I am very grateful for the support of Commissioner Matthews to the territory and to the National Security Council. His leadership has ensured that the territory’s policing is emerging strengthened from the events of 2017. I am grateful for all that he has done and to all the RVIPF officers and staff who work hard to help keep us safe” the Governor said.
He added: “I am pleased with his support to his senior team in developing their capability. This includes building the capability of his senior officers as future leaders.”
Commissioner Matthews who was once awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2013, holds a wealth of experience since the beginning of his career in 1982. He was Chief Constable of the Cyprus Sovereign Base Area Police Force and the Gloucestershire Constabulary prior to being appointed Police Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.
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