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Smith charges Commissioner to present crime plan in 2 weeks

Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith

Territorial At-Large Representative Neville Smith has publicly charged the Commissioner of Police to urgently declare his plan to curb crime in the territory.

The government legislator instructed that Commissioner Michael Matthews provide this plan within the next 14 days.

Smith “called out” the Commissioner in the House of Assembly on Wednesday amid what appears to be an increase in serious crime in the territory.

Since the start of the year, the territory has recorded two confirmed murders, another two of what the police describe as “unexplained deaths”, as well as multiple high-profile drug incidents, robberies, and firearm-related offences.

Responding to this hive of criminal activity, Smith said: “I am going to call out the Commissioner of Police today. I’m going to call him out and I’m going to tell him he needs to come to the public … and give us a plan on what he has to fight crime right now, and what’s going on it the BVI. I’ll give him two weeks. But he needs to come with a plan to the people to say how he’s going to fight this crime.”

In the meantime, the legislator who is part of the governing Virgin Islands Party said persons should stop blaming the government for the territory’s current crime problems.

“You’re calling down the government about stuff we are not responsible for. Yes, we’re responsible because we’re government. But we are not the ones who are responsible to turn around and enforce the law,” Smith argued.

The territory’s governor has portfolio responsibility for national security.

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  1. No plan government says:

    The public has been calling for your government’s plans for the country for a whole year now and up to now we have not seen one thing. No plan for the re-opening of the economy. No plan for tourism. No plan for re-opening of schools. No plans for nothing. So Mr. Sheep, bring your plans at the same time that you are asking the commissioner of police to bring his.

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    • To No plan Government says:

      To No plan Government that is a political plot that will not stick. This government is governing in a most difficult time worldwide and they are doing far beyond most governments in the world.

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    • Look says:

      Looks like all members of the party disliked the post with those 13 dislikes

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  2. "Failing to plan... says:

    …is planning to fail”. If only I knew what to expect before I misplaced my vote for VIP

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    • @Failing to plan says:

      Speak for your own wicked self. I plan to vote for the VIP again because they have done well in these rough and tough times.

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      • @@Failing to plan... says:

        how can you say you will vote for them again when you dont yet know who else or which party will even come forward asking for votes when the time comes? Yes VIP have done some good, but the fact remains they currently seem to have no plan!

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      • @ “@Failing to Plan” says:

        So the poster wicked because they’re exercising their right to vote for who they decide to elect?????

        Hogwash!!

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  3. BVI mike says:

    Interesting that government is not responsible for the safety of its citizens!!

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  4. Seriously 55 says:

    Why don’t you ask the drug lords to stop the BVI being used as a transit route. That would drop the major crime / shootings and murders. Just as thought . Oh wait. The BVI makes too much from it all

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  5. YOUTH MAN says:

    The Governor and the Commissioner of police is in charge of security but the truth be told the Commissioner of police is a failure.

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  6. Officer says:

    Crime can get solved but the plot to get rid of everyone and only bring uk officers is why the police force is being allowed to fail.

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  7. Thank You says:

    Thanks Hon Smith. Don’t mind the noise. There should be accountability for the COP too. I totally agree – the Gov ain’t touch him and the many unsolved cases etc for his entire time here.

    In there like a secret society that answers to no one.

    COP present us the people with your plan!

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    • @ Thank You says:

      We all know the Secret Society includes members of Government

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      • Ummm says:

        So the Governor in that secret society too then because last I check he’s responsible for ensuring the COP and RVIPF is functioning. It sure bet aint the Government he’s accountable to.

  8. Rubber Duck says:

    Maybe they want rid of him because he is finding too many drugs.

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  9. Serious .... says:

    @YOUTH MAN

    Bro, most of your posts are ridiculous and divisive for whatever reasons you have. But in all sincerity, in this case, you are right. The Commissioner has been a failure here and the Police are useless and inept!

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  10. @ @FAILING TO PLAN says:

    WHAT IS SO WICKED ABOUT WHAT THE PERSON SAID ?

  11. SMH says:

    It’s about time somebody call out the COP! Too much Complaints on Officers within the Force of abusing their Oath as a Member of the RVIPF and NOTHING is being DONE! Quick Action to interrogate and harass Citizens and Officers going about breaking Laws and not being held accountable. Who vex let them vex! COP can’t produce a Plan without cleaning House first.

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  12. ? says:

    Here’s your crime plan, resposible and good parenting in the first place. Let’s start with that (before we start blaming everybody else).

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    • @ ? says:

      You forget to add “done with all the nepotism and cronyism”. Many crimes can be solved but is who the perp fah and who they connected to.

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  13. Yawn says:

    Hear this sheep again. Yawn. Blah blah

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  14. Glass houses says:

    Neville Smith should be careful where he throws his stones

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    • Deh Watcha says:

      I have not seen an at large representative in my district since election unless it is a ‘government function or meeting’.

      Non existent at large representation.

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  15. Facts says:

    Vip going right back in

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  16. The Nation says:

    Sorry, but how you going ask the man this now when he a month away from leaving office, when you could have done this since coming into power in February 2019? I agree it was something that should have been demanded of CoP Matthews, but long before…not now. Gotta do it with his successor.

  17. @ facts says:

    IF WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY SO MUCH HOW COME WE WITHHOLDING INFORMATION ON ALL THESE MURDERS FROM HIM ( IS HE HOUDINI ?) THEY EVEN HAVE
    THESE SO CALLED PASTORS WHO ARE VERY QUIET ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON WITHING THEIR COUNTRY *¿* ONE WONDERS WHO ARE THESE JOKERS TRYING TO FOOL

  18. @? says:

    You forget to add “done with all the nepotism and cronyism”. Many crimes can be solved but is who the perp fah and who they connected to.

  19. Lamb chops says:

    What happens if he doesn’t present a plan in 14 days?

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  20. smh says:

    I know right?

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  21. Tired says:

    The truth is, Government and Governor need to have a discussion about an overall plan. It is childish to see the games being played. You can not build a country divided. Its just simple logic. BVI Love shouldn’t operate in seperation and egoistic but rather unity which builds strength.

  22. Wolf in sheep clothing says:

    Sheep you are a … hiding behind the clothing of politics….. your government has failed to help the police to give them the necessary assistance…

  23. Anonymous says:

    When the police force was busy making big drug bust between last November to now and recovery large firearm numbers…. wasn’t the commissioner doing well??

    Can’t please you politicians.

    Maybe you scared that all these drug bust connected…

    Stand your ground commissioner Matthews you owe NO explanation to Sheep Smith

  24. @ lamb chops says:

    HE IS GOIN GET ON HIS HORSE AND RIDE INTO TOWN AND CALL HIM OUT ☆ OFCOURSE HE WILL BE CARRYING HIS 45 AND THE COMMISSIONER HIS 38 special ( THEN IT WILL SHOWTIME

  25. aplus says:

    political poison

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