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Police Commissioner Names New Chiefs For St. Thomas and St. Croix Districts

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor held a press briefing at the Public Finance Authority Conference Room on Thursday to announce Sidney Elskoe as his new Chief of Police in the St. Croix District, and Ludrick Thomas as the Chief of Police in the St. Thomas-St. John District.

Chief Elskoe has been with the VIPD for 25 years, working in various sections of the Department, to include the Marine Unit, Executive Security Unit and the Criminal Investigation Bureaus. He was also assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and was the Commander of the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative. Prior to his selection as Chief, he held the rank of Captain. 

Chief Thomas is a 29-year veteran of the Department. He has worked in the patrol division as both a patrol officer and a supervisor in St. Thomas and St. John. He has supervised the patrol division, the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Executive Security Unit. Most recently, Thomas was assigned as a supervisory sergeant at the Training Bureau.

Velinor said of choosing the new Police Chiefs, “I assessed the Department and identified these men as having the competence and character to lead others. They are lifelong public servants and are credit to the community. They have pledged to work to make the Department better and the community safer.”

Police Commissioner Velinor also introduced the rest of his Senior Leadership Team, which includes Assistant Police Commissioner Mario Brooks, Deputy Police Commissioner of Professional Standards Jason Marsh, Chief of Staff Alekisha Joy Petersen, and Chief Strategy Officer Kysha Fedd. He also identified other members of his senior team, to include Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations Celvin Walwyn, Human Resource Director Dwayne Richards, and Chief Financial Officer Sandra Webster, and agency Administrator Keya Canaii. 

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