Wednesday, November 12 – A small number of specialist police investigators from overseas are presently on island to commence an independent enquiry into recent allegations of corruption among some officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.
The investigators’ task will be essentially to establish the authenticity and nature of these allegations.
As part of the inquiry and prior to the arrival of these investigators, four officers were interdicted from duty by the Commissioner of Police pending the outcome of investigations. An additional officer was interdicted this week as part of that investigation.
Subsequent to their interdiction, these officers were on leave while approval was sought from his Excellency the Governor through the Police Service Commission.
Commissioner Morris noted in a statement this morning that the enquiry team is compiled of ex-police officers from the UK who have been selected because of their vast experience in investigations such as this.
“Some officers have previously worked on sensitive enquiries where there were allegations of Police corrupt practices. These officers are experienced in treating information from the public with the highest degree of confidentiality and integrity,” he said.
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He continued by stating that these officers will be reaching out to members of the community and RVIPF personnel to collect as much information as possible to obtain the truth on this matter.
Persons who have information to assist in this investigation are encouraged to contact the team directly during office hours by calling 468-5455. Persons can also call the Crimestoppers number at 800-8477 and give information anonymously at the Miami-based centre.
In accordance with the RVIPF policy, the names of the interdicted officers will not be released and no further comment will be made while the investigation is ongoing.