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St. Croix Police Chief and VIPD Talk To Ricardo Richards Elementary School Students About A Career In Law Enforcement

CAREER DAY: Ricardo Richards Elementary School students with the help of teachers and representatives of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) were able to dress up in the uniforms of the professions they might enter into as they get older.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Career day was held at the Ricardo Richards Elementary school for children in kindergarten on Wednesday.

People from the community attended and representatives from public and private sectors gave presentations about their careers to the students at the Barren Spot school.

At least 50 students participated dressed in their chosen occupation as chef, nurse, fireman, lawyer, doctor, contractor, astronaut, teacher, and many other occupations.

St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande was invited to do a presentation on policing and he tried to engage the students in interesting topics as students asked them why they chose their careers.

Chief McFarlande acknowledged the students for their  chosen careers and said that he was inspired by the 10 students who chose law enforcement.

Aaydin Johnson, six years old, who was dressed as Chief McFarlande and six-year-old Ahmani Navarro was dressed as Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr.; other students were dressed as patrol, SWAT, and military police officers.

McFarlande told the students that a police officer has many important duties that are a part of his job.

Some of these duties include helping people in trouble, providing first aid if someone is hurt, finding people who get lost, making sure that everyone obeys laws, looking for and catching people who break laws, and patroling (watching) areas to make sure everyone stays safe.

To hear how the police described the day’s events, please press play to hear VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte:

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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