BVI: A Police officer suing the commissioner for not giving him a promotion

Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews

A police officer that is serving in the East End Police Station while he was a member of the RVIPF (Royal Virgin Islands Police Force). It has been reported that he has filed a case against the Police Commissioner Michael Matthews for various things but one main reason for suing is to not promote him to the sergeant’s rank. Sabals Law chambers filed the case on January 29, 2020. The case was on the behalf of Officer Nicholas Tranquill. He

did that to seek damages, costs and any additional relief that the court can provide him.

As per court documents, it has been stated that Officer Tranquille consider it unreasonable to not promote him by the police commissioner even he was successfully passed the police promotion exams in 2017.

Additionally, it was also stated in the documents that the officer that has filed a case, was appointed as a police sergeant on 11 different occasions between 2011 to 2019. Furthermore, the police officer Tranquill stated in documents that he has a legitimate expectation for being promoted to the sergeant rank.

The other part of the dispute was with the Police Service Commission and the commissioner. It was stated in the claim form that the police commissioner’s decision was completely bad, not reasonable, and irrational to not support the early retirement application. While according to section 66 (2) of the Police Service Commission, a police officer is eligible for early retirement if he/she has reached the age of 50

The first court hearing is scheduled on April 6, 2020, at the Sakal place in high court of justice.