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The Vordingborg Group From Denmark Invades VIPD Headquarters For Centennial … It Is A Friendly Encounter

MEETING OF THE MINDS: Uniformed Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) top brass rolls out the red and white carpet for the distinguished law enforcement officers from Denmark visiting the territory for Centennial.

FREDERIKSTED — Two Danish chapters of the International Police Association are in the territory to attend the Centennial events.

The timing of their visit very deliberately coincides with the Centennial of the Transfer of these islands. The Danes will be here from the 24th of March until the 7th of April, 2017.

Both groups were invited to attend the official Transfer Day reenactment by the Centennial Committee. The Vordingborg Group will be on St. Thomas for the reenactment there, and, the Aarhus group will be on St. Croix for the reenactment.

The Vordingborg Group over 20 officers from the IPA (International Police Association) spent their morning at the VIPD Wilbur A. Francis Command in Frederiksted, were Police Commissioner Delroy Richards’ office and Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande and Deputy Chief Mark Corneiro, hosted their fellow Danish officers.

VIPD commanders, supervisors, officers and, staff shared some of their life experiences and law enforcement trials with the friendly visitors.

Special assistant to the Chief Sgt. Walton Jack gave them a tour of the VIPD operations, and Chief McFarlande shared cultural tokens. They enjoyed local culinary delights along with local drinks.

The friends of Denmark organized an excursion for IPA back in 2012, the officers stated “we feel at home, not only  being in a familiar environment but feels a connection to these Islands.”

To hear an audio account of this news story prepared by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte please press play below:

CRUCIAN FOOD TROUGH: The Danish visitors did not appear to be underfed, but the good souls at the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) fed them anyway, as is the generous hospitality custom in the territory.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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