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Tuesday, February 7, 2023


Sept. 25, 2001 – The V.I. Police Department has received a $2.23 million award from the U.S. Justice Department for a COPS-In-Schools program. Twenty officers will be hired and trained for assignment to territory schools as "school resources officers." The new hires will receive the normal 16-20 weeks of department training, said Sgt. Annette Raimer of the Police Department public relations office.
School resources officers, according to the Government House release, are sworn law enforcement officers assigned to schools to provide police presence, to teach crime prevention and drug prevention, and to act as mentors.
Police Commissioner Franz A. Christian Sr. said the award "shows a commitment on the part of the U.S. Department of Justice to join forces with local law enforcement agencies to fight crime on all fronts."
Gov. Charles W. Turnbull commended the Police Department for actively pursuing federal dollars for the territory's crime fighting initiative. The grant application was submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

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