Protect and Serve

Planning, Research & Development Bureau

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Carolyn Wattley

  • St. Croix:

    (340) 712-6061, 778-2211 ext. 6061

    Fax: (340) 778-2373

  • St. Thomas:

    (340) 714-9826

Fax: (340) 715-5517

This Bureau consists of three (3) sections: Research & Development, Statistical Analysis and Records Management. The personnel within this department analyze crime and other statistical data, research and develop improved operational methods, review all plans and procedures for the Virgin Islands Police Department. 

Within this section, Crime Analysts utilize the COMPSTAT Philosophy, which is based upon Tactical, Strategic and Administrative Analyses. 

Tactical Analysis includes finding crime series, identifying offenders and solving crimes. Tactical is most often useful to Investigations, Special Enforcement and Patrol Officers. It is used to link serial cases, support surveillance or tactical operations and communicate with surrounding agencies. 

Strategic Analysis involves identifying crime trends, causes of crime and problem areas of town. Strategic is most often useful to Crime Prevention, Patrol Sergeants, Lieutenants and Commanders, Traffic, Schools and Special Enforcement. It is used to educate the public, direct patrols to problem areas and address specific causes of increases in crime. 

Administrative Analysis involves data collection, statistics and reports. Administrative is most often useful to the Chief, Commanders, Lieutenants and department managers. It is also used to support grant requests, citizen requests and crime reporting.

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