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2 VIPD Officers Will Man Juan Luis Hospital Due To ‘Escalating Gun Violence’

CHRISTIANSTED — Acting Juan Luis Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dyma Williams today announced the graduation of hospital-based law enforcement officers Dequan Bondieumaitre and Claudelle Abraham from the Virgin Islands Police Academy on November 4.

Officers Dequan Bondieumaitre and Claudelle Abraham are the first hospital-based peace officers in the territory, Williams said.

“Their graduation marks the beginning of JFL’s Workforce Development initiative in the Security Department,” she said. “This initiative was in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Police Department to address the escalating gun violence in the community.”

“The JFL Team is proud to announce that the territory’s first hospital peace officers are employees of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center,” Williams said. “The hiring of hospital-based peace officers allows us to exceed regulatory requirements by ensuring improved patient and staff safety.

“As critical first responders, the safety of JFL staff and patients has been a top priority during my tenure. We thank the Virgin Islands Police Department for partnering with JFL in this initiative. We also would like to thank Senator Novelle Francis for his vision and sponsorship of the bill expanding the definition of peace officer to include the foundation of a hospital-based police force.”

The JFL Police and Security Department, led by its Chief Winsbut McFarlande, who is a 27-year law enforcement veteran and has served as the Territorial Police Chief for the Virgin Islands Police Department, provides protective services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the JFL campus.

The Police and Security Department plays a pivotal role in maintaining a safe workplace for employees and patients by managing and deescalating aggressive behavior and conflict. JFL intends to send more security officers to the Virgin Islands Police Academy in the near future.

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