Biography of U.S. Virgin Islands Police Commissioner Delroy Richards

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 Delroy Richards, Sr. was born on the island of St. Croix to Ms. Eugene Richards (deceased) and subsequently was raised by his grandmother Eleanor Maynard. Delroy attended the public schools on the island of St. Croix, and in 1968 was a member of the first graduation class from the St. Croix Central High School.

Having developed an interest in Law Enforcement, Delroy joined the then Department of Public Safety as a Police Cadet and was then required to enroll in the Police Science Administration Program at the College of the Virgin Islands. This lasted from the latter of 1968 to the spring of 1974 and thereafter a Certificate was awarded.

Delroy was then accepted as a Patrolman and assigned duties in the Juvenile Investigations Bureau where he served for many years until he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Bureau as an investigator. In 1974, Delroy was promoted to the rank of 3rd Grade Detective and remained as a Detective until 1982 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned duties as a Squad Leader.

In 1983 Delroy was reassigned duties as an Agent in the Internal Affairs Unit within the Central Police Headquarters. In 1985 Delroy was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and assigned as Director of the Internal Affairs Unit, St. Croix District.

In 1987 Delroy was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief of Police, St. Croix by former Governor Alexander A. Farrelly. In September of 1987 Delroy was elevated to the position of Chief of Police, St. Croix a position he held until 1994 when he was selected by Governor Farrelly to be the Territorial Police Chief with oversight over the two districts.

In December of 1994 Delroy retired as the Territorial Chief, and in January 1995 he was appointed Special Assistant to Police Commissioner Ramon Davila.

During the latter of 1995, Delroy resigned his position with the department, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Marilyn was hired as the Security Manager for a 250 armed security force.

In the latter of 1996, Delroy was hired as the Vice-President and General Manager of Ranger American of the V.I., a Security and Armored Services provider in the territory. In May of 2012, after 16 years in the industry, Delroy resigned and maintained the status of Resident Agent.

Delroy was appointed by the Governor Kenneth E. Mapp as Police Commissioner in January 2015 and his nomination was confirmed by the 31st  Legislature of the Virgin Islands, and sworn -in as Police Commissioner on May 26, 2015.

Delroy is married for over 30 years to Camilla Richards. He is the father of three (3) children.

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