Montserrat Police Pleased with 100% Conviction Rate at High Court

The Royal Montserrat Police Service was complimented by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the victims of various crimes due to the results of the High Court sitting this past month.

According to a press statement from the Deputy Commissioner Bradley Siddell, in particular, "the quality of the forensic scene examinations conducted by the RMPS SOCO's (Scenes of Crime Officers) was highlighted as outstanding. Evidence regarding seven serious crimes was heard and in all cases either the High Court Judge or Jury found the accused persons guilty."

According to a press statement from the Deputy Commissioner Bradley Siddell, in particular, “the quality of the forensic scene examinations conducted by the RMPS SOCO’s (Scenes of Crime Officers) was highlighted as outstanding. Evidence regarding seven serious crimes was heard and in all cases either the High Court Judge or Jury found the accused persons guilty.”

Inspector Rodney, the current Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division, stated “…This signifies not only that the standard of investigation within the service has improved, it also says that the judges of the facts (i.e.) jury members, are committed to community justice. The Royal Montserrat Police Service will continue to strive to be recognized as a professional, effective and efficient police service by working in harmony with the members of our community.”

One of the victims of the crimes stated “…We are all extremely pleased with the verdict and that we can now have our goods back. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the officers for all the effort and time they have put into our case…”

The deputy commissioner explained that “in the judicial system we often speak of evidence. In the modern world it is more often that the police investigation is on trial as opposed to the accused. These High Court results are examples that the RMPS is continually evolving into an effective and professional law enforcement agency. Our investigations have passed the test and this is real evidence of competency and public confidence.”

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