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Police Reduce St. Thomas Homicide Rate 64% Compared To First Half Of 2020

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police in the St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island districts have reduced homicides by 64 percent over the same period last year, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

There were 16 murders in STT, STJ and Water Island between January 1, 2020 and July 13, 2020. But this year, there have been just five as of today’s date July 13.

“Congratulations to St. Thomas/STJ/Water Island District Chief Steven Philip and his Deputy Chiefs Vivianne Newton and Richard Velazquez for their hard work and dedication in reducing the homicides in their district by 64% in the first six months of 2021, compared to 2020 same time,” the VIPD said on Twitter.

By comparison, there have been 20 homicides so far on St. Croix in 2021.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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