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Police Test New ShotSpotter Gunshot Locator System

The V.I. Police Department began conducting live-fire tests of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service on St. Thomas on June 24.
V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor testifies about the department's proposed budget at a hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

VIPD Slashes Overtime Hours, Velinor Tells Senators

The Virgin Islands Police Department presented a $62 million budget for the next fiscal year, a $6 million reduction from the last fiscal year’s budget.

Students and Parents Disappointed After Motorcade Denied for 2020 Graduates

Some Virgin Islanders are disappointed after a permit was denied that would have allowed 2020 high school graduates and their parents to hold a celebratory motorcade on St. Croix.
Hasani Liburd (VIPD photo)

STJ Accessory After The Fact Suspect Faces June 19 Hearing

A suspect arrested in connection with a shooting in Cruz Bay Quarter is expected to make his initial court appearance on June 19. Hasani Liburd, 27, was arrested on June 3 and charged with being an accessory after the fact.
At a news conference Tuesday, St. Croix Police Chief Sidney Elskoe, at the podium, announced four arrests and the seizure of 10 illegal firearms, which were on display. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Investigation Into STX Homicides Yields Four Arrests, 10 Firearms

An investigation into two homicides on St. Croix has yielded four arrests and the recovery of 10 firearms, according to St. Croix District Police Chief Sidney Elskoe.

Governor Asks Community to Support VIPD as Riots Spread in States

In the wake of protests in cities across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called on residents to support local police officers as they work to clamp down on a spate of violence.

St. Croix Man Killed in Shooting on Market Street

A St. Croix man was shot and succumbed to his injuries Sunday evening on Market Street in Christiansted, the V.I. Police Department reported. Next of kin identified the dead man as Terrance Leroy James, age 38.
Sen. Steven Payne Sr., chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety, and Veterans’ Affairs, speaks during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photos by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Crime Stats Show No Spike During COVID-19 Crisis, AG Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands does not seem to have recorded a spike in crime during the two months since a state of emergency was declared over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man Abducted in Downtown Frederiksted

A man was abducted Wednesday from Frederiksted and taken to various ATMs on St. Croix to withdraw money for his captors before he was released with minor injuries, the V.I. Police Department reported.

STT Man Succumbs to Gunshot Wounds in Frenchman’s Bay Area

A man died of gunshot wounds Friday in a shooting at Frenchman’s Bay. The V.I. Police Department reported that the victim was identified as 28-year-old Elon Frett of St. Thomas.

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