Members of the V.I. Police Department will take part in a variety of training sessions on the mainland beginning in May to strengthen their skills, Government House announced Saturday.
Saturday’s news release outlined the following schedule for the training for the 11 selected officers:
– One detective from each district will attend a two-day forensic pathology and investigation seminar conducted by the Police Agency Training Council in Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning May 5. The training will emphasize advanced investigative and evidence collection techniques in order to assist detectives in “drawing sound and defensible forensic conclusions.”
– On May 9, VIPD sergeants will attend leadership training with the Federal Law Enforcement Executive Development Association in Ridgeland Mississippi. This five-day training course emphasizes management, discipline, liability and problem solving techniques.
– A course in crime scene photography and documentation hosted by the CSI Academy of Florida also begins May 9. The training is geared toward both officers and crime scene technicians and will teach a variety of new techniques, as well as present mock crime scenes for analysis.
– Two Virgin Islanders will attend the 2016 Crime Analysis Training Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts in Hyannis, Massachusetts, May 9 through 13. This training will cover fundamentals of crime and evidence analysis, emergency preparation, legal issues and other topics related to planning and implementation of local policy based on accurate data.
– Three officers will take part in specialized investigative training with the Southern Police Institute on June 9-10 in Greenwood, Indiana. The emphasis of this course is on conducting quality and legally defensible background investigations. The VIPD must conduct such screenings for all its sworn and non-sworn personnel and for other Government agencies on request.
Earlier this month, eight VIPD officers were part of the first group to begin a rigorous six-month training course with the New York Police Department. The officers have all been on the job for five years or less and are required to remain with VIPD for three years in order to receive the advanced training. Gov. Kenneth Mapp said in the statement that he is committed to sending 16 officers a year to be trained a t the NYPD Academy.
Mapp said the administration is committed to giving officers new tools to solve crimes and to assist in convicting those guilty.