Friday, February 13 – The independent team investigating allegations of corruption by a small number of officers in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force now has a new strategic head.
Commissioner of Police Mr. David Baines of Royal Cayman Islands Police Service was appointed as Gold Commander of the Operation Lucan effective 11 February 2015 and is now tasked with ensuring there is no conflict of interest and that the integrity of the investigation is maintained.
On the 29 September 2014, Commissioner of Police David Morris requested that the Governor and the National Security Council contract an independent team to investigate allegations of corruption by officers in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.
With their approval, the investigation, named Operation Lucan, began on 10 November 2014, with the team reporting directly to the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
To facilitate the ongoing investigation and to allow for a completely independent inquiry avoiding any influences within the RVIPF, Commissioner Morris has now further requested that the Governor and the National Security Council provide a change in the command structure and appoint an independent Gold Commander to work with the Director of Public Prosecution to take strategic lead of the investigation.
Subsequently, the Governor with the agreement of the National Security Council has appointed Commissioner of Police, David Baines to take strategic command of the Operation Lucan investigation.