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Faith Community Can Be A Critical Link Between Police And The Citizens They Serve

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — As a part of the VIPD’S Initiative in “Meeting the People” Deputy Police Commissioner Celvin G. Walwyn visits a local church every other Sunday.  The idea is that many people do not attend town hall meetings, but they will attend church on Sunday,

Walwyn, an evangelical Christian minister, is very much at home during his parochial visits. On Sunday, he attended the St. Ursula’s Episcopalian Church in Cruz Bay, St. John where he was welcomed by Reverend Canon Rhymer.

“Spiritual figures can serve as a powerful calming influence, defusing potentially volatile situations and even garnering a public show of support for the police,” Walwyn said. At the same time, they can be some of law enforcement’s most trenchant critics. Such is the power of the church pulpit.

“As one of the leaders in the police department we can build safer communities by taking steps to reinforce this connection,” Walwyn said.

The former Royal St. Christopher and Nevis police commissioner said that he will continue to visit local churches throughout the territory.

Walwyn was appointed the VIPD’s deputy commissioner of operations on March 18.

He was born in St. Kitts and moved to St. Croix at an early age. He resides in St. Croix and has territorial oversight of over VIPD operations.

Under his stewardship, major crime was reduced 29 percent in St. Kitts and Nevis.

If you would like to contact Deputy Commissioner Walwyn, please call him on St. Croix at 340-778- 2211 and on St.Thomas/St. John at 340-774-2211

Deputy Police Commissioner Celvin G. Walwyn in church.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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