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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – SECURITY – New police chief sworn into office

by STAFF WRITER

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Apr. 21, CMC – A 34 year veteran law enforcer who climbed through the ranks of the Gloucestershire Constabulary in the United Kingdom was sworn in as the new Police Commissioner for this British overseas territory on Wednesday.
Michael Mattews
Michael Mattews

Michael Matthews, who was also the former chief constable for the Sovereign Base Areas Police in Cyprus, is on a three-year contract.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), in a media release said Matthews will be the overall strategic commander of the force.

“He will also provide operational policing leadership and mentorship to divisional heads. His other functions include overseeing key crime fighting strategies within the RVIPF, and developing and implementing sustainable programmes for the long-term capacity and capability of the RVIPF,” the release said.

It added that the new commissioner’s accomplishments include the fact that he drafted and delivered on an overall strategic plan for reducing crime levels, while maintaining detection rates that were above 50%.

“At the same time, he was able to establish a comprehensive recruitment plan for officers and maintain a high level of trust and confidence from members of the local community in Cyprus,” added the RVIPF.

Meanwhile, in announcing the appointment of the commissioner previously, Governor John Duncan stated that he is confident Matthews would bring leadership and experience to strengthen the RVIPF and security of the BVI.

The post of Commissioner of Police became vacant last year August after UK native David Morris retired at the end of his contract.

Shortly thereafter, the Office of the Governor disclosed that Robin Smith – another UK native – was selected for the post. However, without giving any specific reason, Smith announced later that he was no longer interested in taking up the top police job in the BVI – Matthews was later selected.

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TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Apr. 21, CMC – A 34 year veteran law enforcer who climbed through the ranks of the Gloucestershire Constabulary in the United Kingdom was sworn in as the new Police Commissioner for this British overseas territory on Wednesday.
Michael Mattews
Michael Mattews

Michael Matthews, who was also the former chief constable for the Sovereign Base Areas Police in Cyprus, is on a three-year contract.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), in a media release said Matthews will be the overall strategic commander of the force.

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“He will also provide operational policing leadership and mentorship to divisional heads. His other functions include overseeing key crime fighting strategies within the RVIPF, and developing and implementing sustainable programmes for the long-term capacity and capability of the RVIPF,” the release said.

It added that the new commissioner’s accomplishments include the fact that he drafted and delivered on an overall strategic plan for reducing crime levels, while maintaining detection rates that were above 50%.

“At the same time, he was able to establish a comprehensive recruitment plan for officers and maintain a high level of trust and confidence from members of the local community in Cyprus,” added the RVIPF.

Meanwhile, in announcing the appointment of the commissioner previously, Governor John Duncan stated that he is confident Matthews would bring leadership and experience to strengthen the RVIPF and security of the BVI.

The post of Commissioner of Police became vacant last year August after UK native David Morris retired at the end of his contract.

Shortly thereafter, the Office of the Governor disclosed that Robin Smith – another UK native – was selected for the post. However, without giving any specific reason, Smith announced later that he was no longer interested in taking up the top police job in the BVI – Matthews was later selected.