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U.S. Attorney’s Office In The Virgin Islands Pays For Funding For Four Additional VIPD Officers In The Territory

FAT ‘N SHORT OR IT: The U.S. Virgin Islands also has the shortest and fattest cops per capita than any jurisdiction in the territory. Cops in the territory could not run down a heroin junkie on crack.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) will be able to hire four additional full-time officers for three years thanks to a $586,920 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced Monday.

The Virgin Islands is one of 179 law enforcement agencies throughout the country to receive a total of $98,495,397 to hire 802 officers to address specific local crime problems through community policing strategies.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement Monday and urged local authorities to work with federal law enforcement. “Cities and states that cooperate with federal law enforcement make all of us safer by helping remove dangerous criminals from our communities,” he said.

“Community policing is critical to reducing violent crime in the territory,” Hewlett said. “This award provides an opportunity for law enforcement to directly engage with community members and build mutual trust and respect.”

The COPS Hiring Program (CHP) provides grant funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to support hiring additional career law enforcement officers for three years to address specific crime problems through community policing strategies, including community partnerships, problem solving, and organizational transformation.

Since the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 created the COPS Office, it has funded more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to hire more than 130,000 law enforcement

This year, more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies applied for the highly competitive
CHP grants.

STUMPED BY TRUMP: Attorney General Jeff Sessions of Alabama is just stupid enough to think four more corrupt cops in the Virgin Islands might make a difference.

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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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