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Police Brass Help Launch New Cadets in Law Enforcement

April 5, 2008 — Police brass on St. Croix and St. Thomas gave encouragement and words of wisdom via a teleconference Saturday to students in a new V. I. Police Cadet program at an orientation on both campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands.
The more than 40 new cadets looked sharp in dresses, suits and ties as they were welcomed into the program at the Melvin Evans Theater and Chase Auditorium.
"You are the future of the police of the Virgin Islands," said Police Commissioner James McCall. "We will give you the tools to take advantage of opportunities. We are willing to invest in you. I encourage you to complete a law enforcement degree."
Vincent Frazer, the V.I. attorney general, told the cadets they have taken a step that guarantees them a job.
"You now have a purpose in life which we all need," Frazer said. "Hang on to this."
Frazer also spoke to the parents in attendance, saying their presence sends a message to the kids. He asked them to use their moral guidance and work at keeping their child on the straight and narrow.
"Law enforcement is not a job, it is a career," said St. Thomas Police Chief Randy Querrard. "Follow that dream."
St. Croix Police Chief Thomas Hannah told the students to include their parents — grow together to talk and share what they learn.
One of the parents at the orientation, Janice Francis, said anything her daughter wants she supports.
"This is an awesome opportunity and I'm getting really excited to start," said Francillia Francis.
The students have come to the beginning of their classes with recommendations from their principals, a 2.5 or above grade point average, are 16 to 19 years old and have a serious interest in law enforcement.
The classroom sessions are held at UVI after school Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday. The courses are modeled after the VIPD recruitment curriculum. Alphonso Boyce is directing the police cadet program.

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