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POLICE ACADEMY 16: VIPD Graduates A New Crop of Officers On St. Thomas

Sen. Marvin Blyden (left) and Lt. Gov. Potter greet the new grads.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) graduated a new class of recruits on Monday.

The commencement exercise was held at the SFC Leonard B. Francis Armory in Estate Nazareth St. Thomas where sixteen Peace Officers graduated from the training academy, the VIPD said.

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter was present and addressed the Recruits on behalf Gov. Kenneth Mapp who was unable attend.

VIPD Commissioner Delroy Richards, VIPD Assistant Commissioner Curtis Griffin JD, Police Chief Jason Marsh, Peace Officers Standard and Training Executive  Director Kevin Hewitt and Interim Training Director and Special assistant to the Commissioner Lt. Maria Jones distributed the Certificates of Completion.

Superior Court Judge Denise Francois administered the Oath of Office to the officers.

Many distinguished guests including Sen. Marvin Blyden, family and friends cheered on with words of encouragement to the new recruits who will report to duty immediately.

The next Recruit Class 2017 -01 is expected to start in February 2017.

 The Class Theme is “ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM TRENDSETTERS 2016-01” 

Class STT 2016-1, Peace Officers, Virgin Islands Police Department Teshawn Adams, Shanice Allamby, Jamaal Fleming, TamiaFreeman, Ashlee Hodge, Shakim Mike, Lenikka Peru, Delberth Phipps, Jr., Chanise Potter, Khalil Tatum, Aliek Wescott, Mikhail Woodley, Department of Justice, T’Niqua Rogers, Department of Planning & Natural Resources, Afiya George, Executive Security Unit, Leonard Rabsatt, Waste Management Authority,   Angel Morris

 

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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