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Feds Give $2M in Grants To Fight Crime in the Territory

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government will receive five grants totaling at least $2 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice on September 23, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sharpe said the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are committed to improving the “effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement by providing resources and supporting programs that strengthen the community.”

The largest of the five grants awarded is a $1.123 million grant to the Law Enforcement Planning Commission. The grants are:

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for $610,774 was awarded to the Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission. The grant will assist in improving the operational effectiveness of law enforcement using evidence-based and data driven efforts in reducing crime, improve investigations and prosecutions efforts for drug and violent crime and increase funding assistance to communities and neighborhoods to prevent delinquency and reduce juvenile crime.

The VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant for $1,123,431 was awarded to the Law Enforcement Planning Commission to provide competitively awarded grants to state and local community-based organizations that provide direct services to crime victims.

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Grant for $63,705 was awarded to the Virgin Islands Department of Justice to assist VIDOJ in improving the quality, quantity and timeliness of forensic science in the territory.

The Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Training Program for $57,292 was awarded to the Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission to support training and technical assistance for victim grantees and others who work with crime victims.

The Victim Compensation Formula Grant for $163,000 was awarded to the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services on St. Croix to enhance state victim compensation payments to eligible crime victims.

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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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