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Local police officer called to the Bar of England and Wales

Commissioner Matthews (left) and Sergeant Bakker.

A local police sergeant has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Sergeant O’Neal Bakker — now Barrister O’Neal Bakker — achieved this success after spending the last few years acquiring a Bachelors and Masters degree in law then meeting England’s legal requirements.

Bakker described getting to this milestone as a bumpy six-year journey having had to weather the September 2017 hurricanes and the COVID pandemic; all while juggling his commitments with the police force and home.

He said he was grateful to “the many” who encouraged him through the process.

In a celebratory gathering at the Road Town Police Force on Thursday, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley congratulated Sergeant Bakker and shared his ministry’s “support to any within the ranks who wish to advance themselves” as Bakker has.

Police Commissioner Michael Matthews also expressed his delight at being able to play a part in helping Sergeant Bakker to realise his dream, a media release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force stated.

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  1. Uslf says:

    big up yourself Mr Bakker. Well done

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  2. son of the soil says:

    He used the BVI for a stepping stone…Lets hope it wasn’t our tax money

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  3. bvi master says:

    Very good Officer. He continues to make the RVIPF and the BVI Proud. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

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  4. New Commissioner says:

    There goes a new police commissioner. Big up yourself and be a people’s man.

  5. Wisher says:

    Congratulations but why is he still a Sargeant and not an Inspector after all these years in the RVIPF.

  6. as says:

    as he should if the local ain doing it why not good for him

  7. Sensible kk says:

    Congratulations!!!!! Well done.

  8. Your tutor says:

    Well done Bakker

  9. Liane Le Tendre says:

    Congratulations Sgt. Bakker, really well done! 🙂

    Nothing outshines hard work and determination.

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