Protect and Serve

In Memoriam

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The VIPD honors police officers that have been killed in the line of duty.

  1. National Peace Officers Memorial Day
  2. 1963 - Leopold E. Fredericks
  3. 1975-10-27 - Patrick Sweeney
  4. 1980-12-29 - Richard Callwood
  5. 1991-01-27 - Dexter L. Mardenborough
  6. 1991-03-27 - Steven A. Hodge
  7. 2007-02-08 - Ariel Anton Frett
  8. 2008-01-20 - Akeem B. Newton
  9. 2012-09-29 - Colvin Georges
  • Patrolman Leopold E. Fredericks

    Patrolman Leopold E. Fredericks, a motorcycle patrolman, served from 1959 to 1963 in the district of St. Croix. While pursuing a traffic violation on the Centerline Road (Queen Mary Highway), Officer Fredericks was killed in a traffic accident.
  • Patrol Officer Leroy Alvaro Swan

    Patrol Officer Leroy Alvaro Swan served in the VIPD, district of St. Thomas for five years. On February 26, 1965 Officer Swan was on patrol when his department motorcycle collided with a truck. Officer Swan was transported to the hospital where he died of internal injuries the next day.
  • Rudel Albert Parrot

    Rudel Albert Parrot served the VIPD in the St. Thomas district for five years. Officer Parrot was on routine patrol as a passenger in an unmarked department car when it crashed into an oncoming truck. Officer E. Abraham, who was driving, was injured but survived. Patrolman Parrott was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation revealed that the headlights on the truck were not working properly.
  • Patrolman Patrick E. Sweeney

    Patrolman Patrick E. Sweeney, served from 1974 to 1975 in the district of St. Croix. On the afternoon of Monday October 27, 1975, several intruders entered the grounds of Elena Christian Jr. High School. Patrolman Sweeney, in the performance of his duty, attempted to eject these intruders. The intruders assaulted, shot and fatally wounded the officer.
  • Patrolman Wilbur H. Francis

    Patrolman Wilbur H. Francis, served from 1973 to 1977 in the district of St. Croix. On the morning of Saturday, July 30, 1977, Patrolman Francis responded to a burglary in progress on Hill Street, Christiansted. In the performance of his duty, he was shot and fatally wounded.
  • Police Officer Richard N. Callwood

    Police Officer Richard N. Callwood served as a police officer in the St. Thomas district. On December 29, 1980 Officer Callwood's police cruiser was struck by another vehicle. As officer exited his car he was shot and killed by other driver.
  • Police Officer Dexter L. Mardenborough

    Police Officer Dexter L. Mardenborough, served from 1989 to 1991 in the district of St. Croix. On Sunday January 27, 1991 at 2:18 a.m., Police Officer Mardenborough responded to a call for police assistance on King Street, Christiansted. He later pursued three suspects, one of whom turned and shot the officer, who fell mortally wounded.
  • Police Officer Steven Hodge

    Police Officer Steven Hodge served the VIPD in the St. Thomas district for five years. On March 27, 1991 Officer Hodge completed his eleven o'clock shift and went home. Shortly after midnight, someone called out to Officer Hodge and he stepped outside. Officer Hodge was shot multiple times by several men. A subsequent investigation revealed that Officer Hodge had witnessed some officers stealing drugs from secured evidence at the department and planned to reveal this information to authorities. Three suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Police Officer Cuthbert E. Chapman

    Police Officer Cuthbert E. Chapman, served from 1992 to 2004 in the district of St. Croix. On Saturday, April 17, 2004, Police Officer Chapman was shot several times during a robbery attempt at the Wendy's Restaurant in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center. Police Officer Chapman died of his injuries on April 26, 2004, after being airlifted to Puerto Rico for treatment.
  • Police Officer Ariel Anton Frett

    Police Officer Frett served 25 years as a police officer in the St. Thomas district. On February 8, 2007 Officer Frett was shot and killed when he intervened in an altercation at a local hospital. While off-duty, Officer Frett attempted to stop an assault and was shot several times by more than one suspect. Officer Frett was pronounced dead at the hospital.
  • Police Officer Akeem B. Newton

    Police Officer Akeem B. Newton served 14 years as an officer in the St. Croix district. On Sunday evening January 20, 2008 while on mobile patrol an oncoming vehicle crossed over the center line and collided head-on with the police unit that Officer Newton was the passenger. He died on the scene from his injuries.
  • Police Officer Colvin Georges

    On September 29 2012, Police Officer Colvin Georges succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four months earlier while making contact with a group of men who were loitering near a car wash in the Contant area of St. Thomas. Officer Georges and his partner were patrolling the area as the result of a shooting the previous night. As the officers approached, one of the men in the group opened fire on them. Both officers were able to return fire, killing one subject and wounding another. During the shootout Officer Georges suffered a serious gunshot wound which paralyzed him from the neck down. He was flown to a hospital in Miami, Florida, where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds. Officer Georges had served with the United States Virgin Islands Police Department for two years.
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