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Retired UK police chief Mark Collins to reportedly head RVIPF

Retired UK police chief Mark Collins to reportedly head RVIPF

The new Commissioner of Police in the Virgin Islands is likely to be a retired Chief Constable from the United Kingdom (UK), well-placed sources have informed Virgin Islands News Online (VINO).

The man given the nod to replace Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Michael B. Matthews, who is scheduled to exit the RVIPF in the first quarter of 2021, is Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police Mr Mark Collins, QPM, who on December 14, 2020, announced his intention to retire during early Spring 2021.

Interviewed by Police Service Commission


According to our sources, Mr Collins was interviewed by the Police Service Commission and recommended to the Governor, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert, for hire.

Dyfed-Powys Police Department in a press release to announce Mr Collins’ intended retirement, said he started his policing career as a Special Constable with Sussex Police in 1985 but returned to his home force in 1987 and continued to volunteer on the front line until joining the Metropolitan Police in 1991.

Mr Collins has been Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police for some years.


Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Michael B. Matthews, who is scheduled to exit the RVIPF in the first quarter of 2021.

Achievements


Dyfed-Powys Police said under Mr Collins’ watch, Dyfed-Powys Police has led the way in the development of digital crime investigation and scientific support, with an investment in staff into these departments in recent years.

These specialist units, it said, have both been hailed as leading in their fields, and central to the success of a number of significant investigations.

Mr Collins, who was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in the New Year’s Honours List 2020, has also held the national portfolio on policing and mental health, and in more recent years has also led UK policing in understanding and tackling group based child sexual exploitation, according to Dyfed-Powys Police.


Well-placed sources have informed VINO that no locals or blacks were seriously considered for the post of Commissioner of Police.

No blacks or locals seriously considered for CoP


Meanwhile, our sources had also informed us that no locals or blacks were seriously considered for the post of Commissioner of Police.

The one popular local and female officer that persons felt could have filled the position, Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, did not apply, according to the same sources.

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