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Vanterpool has undergone Police Commissioner training

Superintendent Jacqueline Vanterpool. (BVI News photo)

Police Commissioner Michael Matthews has revealed that the training Superintendent Jacqueline Vanterpool received in the UK recently is only done by future Commissioners of Police.

The training is called the Strategic Command Program and Vanterpool underwent the course from January 6 to March 19 this year.

While she completed the command program, Commissioner Matthews declined to explicitly state whether Superintendent Vanterpool is currently a contender to become his immediate successor when he vacates his post in less than six months.

He, however, said: “The Strategic Command Program is for future Commissioners of Police. We organised that, we prepared Jackie for that. We sent her over to the UK and as a result of that, Jackie’s currently got a UK mentor who’s in regular contact with her, guiding her, helping her develop her training and personal development further, to wherever she wants to take her career.”

Commissioner Matthews said the opportunity Superintendent Vanterpool received shows that more is being done to prepare locals to take top positions in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

“To put it bluntly, I just simply do not accept the argument that we haven’t done enough. What I do accept is there’s more to do. But we cannot sit in a bubble, in isolation here and say we’ve got all the skills that’s necessary. It would be lovely if we did. But the reality is we haven’t but we’ve been on a journey,” the Commissioner explained. 

He added that he is one of four UK officers in the BVI’s police force, something he sees as a positive sign since there were far more UK officers holding senior positions in previous years.

With less than six months to go before his departure, residents are anxious to see who will be appointed to the highest post in the BVI’s police force.

There are many favourites, including Superintendent Vanterpool who is frequently touted as a suitable candidate for the post.

In 2018, the highly-respected Superintendent became the first female in the history of the British Virgin Islands to command the parade for the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.

She’s also the first female local to become a Superintendent in the RVIPF — a rank she has held for four years now.

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  1. Yu says:

    Alleluia the RVIPF IS GONE.

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  2. Kitchen Table Group Panel says:

    We the Panel is elated. That is the Woman for the job.

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  3. BVIlander says:

    Congratulations on your training Superintendent Vanterpool, you are a hard worker and deserve the opportunity to advance

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  4. LAW says:

    MOY THINGS DOES HAPPEN I REALLY LIKE HER BUT IS SHE READY TO TAKE UP SUCH A POST, WE WANTED TO GET RID OF MATHEWW PUT THE ONE COMMING NIGHT BE WORST THAN MATHEW WHEN TH CHAINS START DRAGING AND THE BIG IRON DOOR IS SHUT BEHIND YO. YOU MIGHT BE SUPRISED SHE MIGHT BRING ALL THE BIG BOSED TO ORDER NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE THE POWER OF A WOMAN SHE MIGHT JUST CLEAN UP THIS COUNTRY LOOK OUT LOOK OUT HELL TO PLAY HA HA VANTERPOOL PEOPLE KEEP YPOR HEAD ON YOUR EYES OPEN AND YOUR EARS AT THE GRILL SOME STEWING I BELIEVE WILL TAKE PLACE SO YOU BETTER TRY LIVE GOOG BECAUSE THE BRITISH BULL DOG WILL SOON BE HERE VANTERPOOL WILL BE THE BACK UP

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  5. boss says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Mr. Governor please do not make that mistake, as much as we would like to get rid of that Dominican ring and the ring leader from the RVIP, please do not make that mistake, we need a UK national to run this thing.

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  6. In order says:

    For the police services to run smoothly, Someone from the UK should be appointed to this position. She is a wonderful lady but the way the BVI is, anyone local in a high position often turn their eyes blind because to many people get in their ears for the wrong reasons.

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  7. Oh boy. says:

    PLEASE PEOPLE DON’T BE SO HYPOCRITICAL. WE ALL KNOW THAT SHE IS NOT READY FOR THAT POSITION. THERE ARE OTHER’S WHO DID THE SAME COURSE AND EVEN MORE EXTENSIVE TRAINING THAN HER (CIA, DEA,FBI) SO WHAT ARE YOU ALL TALKING ABOUT.STOP GETTING ON LIKE IS SHE ALONE THAT DID THIS COURSE BECAUSE SHE IS DEFINITELY NOT AND NOT EVEN THE FIRST SECOND OR THIRD.OH MY GOD.

    ALSO THE ONE THAT SPOKE ABOUT THE DOMINICAN RING IN THE RVIPF ARE YOU MAN OR WOMAN ENOUGH TO IDENTIFY THEM. YOU MUST BE BLIND OR JUST DOWN RIGHT WILFUL.AND WHAT RING ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ANYWAY? SO IF THERE IS A DOMINICAN RING, WHERE ARE THE OTHERS?

    KNOWING WHAT I KNOW ABOUT THE ABILITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF POLICING OF THIS INDIVIDUAL IT PAINS MY HEART TO SEE AND HEAR PEOPLE SOME OF WHICH WHO KNOWS BETTER TO BE SUGGESTING.

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  8. Wow says:

    It is quite obvious that majority of the BVI community do not want what is BEST for the BVI and don’t want our people to be safe….and also for unsolved murders to be solved CAUSE anyone who want the best for this place know that a local can never be a good commissioner cause favouritism will reign

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  9. @wow says:

    Im sure your country needs you.

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  10. E. Leonard says:

    Roman philosopher Seneca says: “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Supt. Jacqueline Vanterpool has prepared herself well for the opportunity to serve as CoP. Her preparation merits elevation to the top position in the RVIPF.

    She has the experience, education, leadership/managerial, interpersonal, professional, temperament………skills and is eminently qualified for the job in the RVIPF. She has put in the hard work that prepared her well and makes her eminently qualified for the job. Confident that she would effectively lead the RVIPF and continue its mission of serving and protecting the public.

    Moreover, her selection as CoP would be consistent be the VI expressed goal of getting qualified Virgin Islanders to lead major institutions, agencies, departments…….etc in the VI.

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  11. Take time.. says:

    U all going push, push, until u all push her off the Cliff…I’m sure Jackie in her heart of hearts know that she is not ready…Try make her deputy first. .

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    • @Take Time says:

      Did Supt. Vanterpool tell you she is not ready. Stop being an obstacle to personal and development. People like you are confidence deflators, not inspirations, that people should not be around.

  12. Ausar says:

    This EXACTLY the news that we all need to read!

    Lets hope this is the beginning of females in the force assuming CRITICAL positions of leadership,in governmental agencies, up to, and including, for perpetuity!

  13. Socrates says:

    Why is the BVI from different from other locales in letting its police force be led by a local? Are not police forces in countries, cities, towns…….etc almost everywhere led by locals? Are not police forces in other places that are led by locals functioning, serving and protecting their communities? Is the conditioning and slavish mentality still so pervasive in the community that we are still have and falsely believing the sickening dependency mentality that our institutions have to be led by expatriates, especially White expats?

    Further, is the self esteem, confidence, self worth, national pride…….etc so low that we are believing that qualified people cannot effectively, professionally, uncompromisingly……etc function in the BVI community? Why are we as a people so self-hating and not acting in our own self interest? Why are we so belittling and untrusting of our own? It is way past time that the slavery conditioning garbage be taken to Pockwood Pond to the hung heap and burned.

    It is interesting that some believe that putting a local as CoP would not work because that person would be easily compromised. How insulting. Do locals head most of our sister regional countries police forces? Are the police forces in the UK led by expats because putting locals in the positions would compromise them? Let’s stop the hypocrisy, nonsense, foolishness. Let’s us do as other countries do and put out qualified locals to lead our institutions. Let’s stop sacrificing our own to satisfy the fakes belief of others.

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  14. Expat@17 says:

    This place will run to the grounds she is not a good fit for the post at all, that post required a UK national.
    Governor please help us here.

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  15. wow says:

    please stop brawling it seems like you are soooooo out of luck god bless jacklin you fit right in

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  16. Bh says:

    Please she is not ready . Stop playing born here card . She knows that as well.

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  17. Expat@17 says:

    Oh please WOW……… what part you don’t understand she is unfit for such a huge responsibility, if she ever gets in we will see the crime rate.

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