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Important Things To Know About New Year’s Eve In the U.S. Virgin Islands

FREDERIKSTED — Virgin Islands Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor wants to share some important information with the community and media ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations:

“The top priority for the Virgin Islands Police Department is always the safety and security of everyone in our community.”

Even though New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, we still want to remind everyone planning to celebrate to do so responsibly. We encourage virtual celebrations as the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting our community with more than 330,000 American lives lost. Should you go out to support our local businesses and restaurants, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Our officers will be out patrolling on New Year’s Eve to monitor our roadways for persons driving under the influence. Should you decide to drink, please designate a sober driver, or use a cab or ride-sharing service.

We also would like to remind everyone of the dangerous and illegal practice of shooting their guns into the air, as people shoot off fireworks. Violators will be subject to arrest and fines.

The Virgin Islands Police Department is in constant communication with our local and federal partners to ensure the safety of our community; however, each of us also plays a role in keeping our territory safe. Please report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement using the following resources:

•           See suspicious or federal crime activity? Call the local FBI Field Office 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)

•           See suspicious or non-violent crime? Call VIPD’s Non-Emergency Line at (340) 774-2211 or (340) 778-2211

•           Dial 911 for all emergencies

Bring the New Year in right by being safe. Thanks to all first responders, especially the Men and Women of the Virgin Islands Police Department, and our supporting local and federal law enforcement officers who continue to work tirelessly to keep our beautiful Virgin Islands Territory safe.”

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