Biography of Assistant Commissioner Curtis A. Griffin

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Curtis A. Griffin, JD., is presently the Assistant Commissioner of Police. His career with the Virgin Islands Police Department began on St. Croix in 1984. He was awarded the coveted Commissioner’s Award for completing the Police Academy as the Valedictorian. He worked in Patrol, and as an undercover officer in his early years. He was assigned as a Detective in 1991 in the St. Thomas District where he earned numerous awards for service and excellence. He was invited and attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in 1994 by the FBI where at that time, he was assigned as part of a multi-agency task force investigating the murder of Police Officer Steven Hodge. He was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as Commander of an FBI Safe Streets Task Force from 1995 to 2004 where he held U.S. top-secret security clearances.  During his tenure with the task force, he was awarded the U.S. Attorney’s Office LEO Award of excellence.  He retired from the Police Department in 2004 to attend Stetson University College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. He was asked to return to the VIPD after graduating from law school to assist the department in developing reforms in anticipation of the Federal Consent Decree.  He served as Director of Internal Affairs where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the department’s first Risk Management System called the Early Intervention Program. He was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Operations in 2015 and later promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2016 tasked as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Consent Decree. In addition to his many responsibilities, he also assisted the agency with legal research, and is versed in Administrative, Labor and Employment law issues.  Included in his many talents, he is a recognized semi-professional musician who has performed with many notable local jazz musicians in and out of the territory.

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