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VIPD’s Weed and Seed Program Comes To St. John


CRUZ BAY – The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Weed and Seed Program in the St. Thomas District along with other Law Enforcement agencies are scheduled to conduct its annual Drug Education For Youth and Underage Drinking Prevention Camp from August 16 to 21 in St. John.

The VIPD Weed and Seed Program in the St. Thomas District in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office, the Virgin Islands National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Law Enforcement Planning Commission, Project Safe Neighborhoods V.I. and the Department of Human Services are slated to conduct their yearly Drug Education for Youth and Underage Drinking Prevention Camp in St. John.

The VIPD Weed and Seed Program is one of the prevention/intervention programs offered by the Virgin Islands Police Department’s, Crime Prevention Bureau.  The VIPD continues to work within various neighborhoods territory – wide to assist parents and children in addressing the various issues that plague our community.

On August 16, ninety youth participants ranging from nine to sixteen years old will be attending this week long camp.   The youngsters will learn about anti-drug education, underage drinking, building gang resistance, leadership, team-building, conflict resolution, goal-setting, self-esteem development and peer leadership.

In addition to the classroom exercises, the participants will also take part in outdoor-exercises to include a bonfire, hiking, kayaking/snorkeling, community cleanup efforts and daily physical fitness.

The Weed and Seed DEFY Program is a youth outreach program intended to utilize role models — military personnel, law enforcement officers and community leaders – to promote positive life choices, including drugs, alcohol, gangs and gun resistance. DEFY is a National Program being utilized throughout the United States that is geared towards improving  the quality of life in designated neighborhoods. The Weed and Seed Program invites children living within the St. Thomas/St. John District to participate in this educational program.

For more information on how you can be a part of this Program and/or become a mentor for one of the participants, you can contact Jacqueline Freeman, Weed and Seed Program Manager for the St. Thomas/St. John District at (340) 344-4516 or (340) 776-1525.

The project is funded by a Grant from the Law Enforcement Planning Commission awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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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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