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VIPD Promotes 31 Officers To Higher Ranks Within The Police Force In Ceremony At UVI’s Sports & Fitness Center

POLICE COMMISSIONER DELROY RICHARDS SR: “Advancement comes with increased responsibility.”
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — During a ceremony today at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, another 31 members of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) were promoted to supervisory ranks.
Two lieutenants were promoted to the rank of captain, while 29 officers, detectives, and corporals were promoted to the rank of sergeant.  Sworn in by Superior Court Chief Justice, Hon. Rhys S. Hodge, those promoted were pinned with new badges signifying their higher ranks by Acting Chief for the St. Thomas-St. John District, Jason Marsh, who charged them to lead and guide those now under their supervision.
“Action or the lack thereof will determine your strength as leaders,” Marsh said.
Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. reminded the new captains and sergeants that they have an important role to play as the department seeks to satisfy the mandates of a federal consent decree.
“We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Richards said, adding that the increase in field supervisors will help satisfy the requirements of the consent decree.
“Advancement comes with increased responsibility,” the commissioner said.  “I expect your leadership qualities to be applied to those now under your command”.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that he participated in a similar police promotion ceremony on St. Croix yesterday, and today repeated his pledge that the Police Department will add another 100 officers to the force over the next 12 months.
Doing so will relieve much of the stress on officers now working as many as 60 to 80 hours per week overtime to adequately secure their communities. The Governor noted the investment being made to train officers off-island in advanced crime fighting methods and technologies, some of which will be evident in the near future.
Also present for the ceremony were Lt. Governor Osbert Potter, Assistant Commissioner of Police Curtis Griffin (who is Mapp’s brother), and St. Croix District Chief Winsbut McFarlande.
Two lieutenants were promoted to the rank of captain: Rosalyn Jarvis and Sandra Colbourne.
Three corporals were promoted to the rank of sergeant: Neal Bailey, Ludrick Thomas, and Bernard Burke.
Ten detectives were promoted to the rank of sergeant: Rael Donastorg, Lorne Clarke, Sofia Rachid, Gregory Coward, Cornel Esprit, Sherrill Brunn, Dwight Griffith, Steven Phillip, Maha Hamdam, and Denley Williams.
Sixteen police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant: Steven D. Payne, Chadka Meyers, Kim Hoheb, Thompson Alexander, Alphonso Boyce, Bruce Taylor, Mark Thomas, Rosanna Jean-Baptiste, Arleen Greaux, Aaron Hodge, Sr., Roy Chesterfield, Joycelyn Lee-Bobb, Denise Petersen, Alester Carty, Earl Mills, and Lisa Plaskett-Samuel.
MAPP’s PROMISE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp told people gathered at UVI’s Sports & Fitness Center that he will add at least 100 officers to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) within 12 months.
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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 50 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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