TIMES.VG

BVI, Caribbeanand International News
TIMES.VG

Crime up for sexual offenses, domestic violence & drug seizure- CoP

Crime up for sexual offenses, domestic violence & drug seizure- CoP

The Virgin Islands (VI) under the United Kingdom Commissioner of Police Mark Collins has faced an increase in crime in some areas.

This was unearthed at the House of Assembly's Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Meeting last month, as the 2023 Budget Estimates were examined.

While testifying in a closed-door meeting before lawmakers last month, Mr Collins admitted that crime has “increased in the areas of sexual offenses, domestic violence and drug-related matters” and decreased for burglaries, robbery and serious offenses.

Lots of issues in homes!

The UK national noted that “domestic violence is significantly the most reported crime in the Territory.”

The top cop further stated that during 2022, there were six (6) homicide cases dealt with by the Major Crime Team with one (1) successfully concluded and significant progress with the outstanding cases.

Mr Collins also informed the Committee that two (2) persons were charged with murder while one (1) of the persons arrested was connected to thirty-six (36) firearms.

He claimed to have recovered eleven thousand (11,000) kilos of cocaine, sixty-eight (68) firearms and two thousand and sixty-four (2,064) rounds of ammunition. There has been no independent agency to confirm these figures, knowing the residents' mistrust of the police.


Social media had been erupting with questions about accountability in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and even the Governor’s Office, following the publication of videos showing what is believed to be UK nationals who have been recruited to the RVIPF visiting at least two bars in the Virgin Islands using taxpayers-funded police vessels on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Matters arising from CoI Report

The Police Force under Collins has faced and been rocked with a number of scandals, allegedly including human trafficking, using government vessels for UK officers to party on the cays and controversy surrounding evidence disappearing in the case of the person held and released for allegedly causing the death of popular musician Frandy M. Martin Jr. 

The police force; however, was not the subject of the one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI).

But after the publication of the CoI report, a Headquarters Investigation team was set up. It is a standalone unit that reports directly on a weekly basis, according to Collins' testimony before the SFC.

There are over 20 plus UK police officers without uniforms here on that assignment and residents have asked why some 99% of them are Caucasian.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force under Mark Collins has faced and been rocked with a number of scandals, allegedly including human trafficking, using government vessels for UK officers to party on the cays and controversy surrounding evidence disappearing in the case of the person held and released for allegedly causing the death of popular musician Frandy M. Martin Jr (in photo).


Double Standards: one for blacks & one for whites!

Many have also seen it as a double standard where Mr Collins released a video, which many described as offensive and racist, depicting the Territory as crime-infested and a major narco-state. He had said he did the video in consultation with the BVI Tourist Board; however, the Tourist Board strongly denied it was ever involved.

There were loud voices calling for his resignation; however, his pal Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, said he was pardoned.
Newsletter

Related Articles

TIMES.VG
Close
0:00
0:00
2 earthquakes in Turkey killed over 2,300 people
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Turkey and Syria, Killing More Than 1,300 People.
Turkish photographer Ugur Gallenkus portrays two different worlds within a single image. Brilliant work
Tennessee Bill Would Imprison People for 3 Years If They 'Lie' About Rape to Get an Abortion.
Charlie Munger, calls for a ban on cryptocurrencies in the US, following China's lead
EU found a way to use frozen Russian funds
First generation unopened iPhone set to fetch more than $50,000 at auction.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
If a country is denied the right to independence by another, it is not in a union. It is in a dictatorship.
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
×