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RVIPF to be at ‘full strength’ by 2020

File photo of Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews and Governor Augustus Jaspert.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is aiming to be back to full strength by the year 2020; while its headquarters is expected to be fully completed in the next few months.

This is according to Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews who said the addition of a few more officers will complete the goal of the law enforcement agency.

“At the moment, we have an establishment of 260 regular officers and 23 auxiliary officers on top of that and around about 40 civilian staff. So, it’s quite a big organisation. We’re not up to strength yet so we have vacancies in the regular force,” Commissioner Matthews said while speaking on public radio recently.

He added: “If all things go according to plan, we will take another 15 [officers] next year and full strength will be 275 regular officers, plus those other numbers of auxiliaries and civilian staff.

The top cop also said he and a cohort of his workers will soon move from their temporary location at the RiteWay building in Pasea Estate back to their police headquarters at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza in Road Town.

They had moved to the RiteWay building when the plaza was severely damaged by the September 2017 hurricanes.

“I was actually looking at the floor plan of our police headquarters and it’s been finished. They are ready to hand the keys back to us so that is building done … The telephony, the IT, the furnishings have got to go in, but we’re optimistic that we will be in there by September,” Matthews stated.

He also said the Force has taken the opportunity to modernise their radio communications over the last 18 months.

“The radio mast — it has been replaced. We’ve kind of modernised that … so a lot of receivers, transponders, repeaters have been fitted out across the islands now. And by the time we finish that piece of work, our coverage should be actually a whole lot better than it ever was, including coverage with the other emergency services such as the Department of Disaster Management, the Ports Authority, Customs and Immigration — all being able to speak to each other on the airways.”

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  1. 275 staff in the force says:

    and never a single officer on the streets of Tortola..well done!

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    • Ha Ha says:

      To busy sitting behind a desk or riding around in AC vehicles eating glazed doughnuts getting fat.

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    • The Resper says:

      Benefits good for them. Left they country to be a 🐖 here that’s way there country worst than The bvi. US dollars. They came for can’t do better. Let England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 send there police too mind BVI. I feel much safe The smallest woman police is from where. Take three days to reach home. Well sah.

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  2. Snoppy says:

    300 police between a population of 30,000 – preposterous. That’s one popo for 100 citizens !!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Good going says:

    Can we please have –

    Daily foot patrol day and night in Tortola

    Traffic direction assistance in the areas where the traffic lights are missing and other regularly congested traffic areas in Road Town

    Daily patrol in all communities day and night

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  4. wize up says:

    that explains the extra years

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I prefer to hear or see a succession plan with a born BVIslander in line to assume the post of Commissioner of Police when Mr, Matthews term comes to an end. The Governor, Premier and the National Security Team need to ensure that locals are encouraged to further their education in order to obtain a bachelors degree and master’s degree in an appropriate course of study that would prepare them to be Commissioner of Police.

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  6. Watching says:

    I prefer to hear or see a succession plan with a born BVIslander in line to assume the post of Commissioner of Police when Mr, Matthews term comes to an end. The Governor, Premier and the National Security Team need to ensure that locals are encouraged to further their education in order to obtain a bachelors degree and master’s degree in an appropriate course of study that would prepare them to be Commissioner of Police.

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  7. Herb says:

    The force will be at full strength after legalization.

  8. Ok says:

    Look at the trees in the background…. memories… now they’re gone…

  9. Vg man says:

    Expat police like lock up the local men and want all the local women especially these dumb vg women

  10. Is that so? says:

    We have 260 police? Where? How?

  11. Shark says:

    275 officers you say
    That in every 8 hr shift you should see 25 different officers on the beat.

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