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Police Commissioner's Statement on Territorial Enhanced Security Measures

July 16, 2010

Novelle E. Francis, Jr.St. Thomas - The Virgin Islands Police Department today announced steps for enhanced security measures in the Territory in response to the incident that took place at Coki Point on St. Thomas earlier this week.

As the safety of the Territory's visitors is of utmost importance and concern, the Virgin Islands Police Department has developed a dedicated action plan that calls for the immediate implementation of measures to improve the safety of the Territory for tourists.

The Territory takes the issue of crime very seriously and has quickly augmented its efforts to increase police officer presence on the streets and patrol specific areas visited most often by tourists, including but not limited to cruise ports, beaches, historical attractions and popular sightseeing areas. The additional security measures include:

  • Visible foot patrols of town and other areas frequented by visitors

  • Increased mobile patrols of other areas with high visitor traffic

  • Monitor, maintain and upgrade security surveillance apparatus; surveillance cameras in towns with 24 hour monitoring

  • Intelligence gathering prior to and during visits of the areas frequented by visitors

  • Careful monitoring of the movement of visitors

  • Increased high intensity patrols of popular attractions throughout the Territory

In addition, the Virgin Islands Police Department recognizes the important role that the local community has played following the recent incident at Coki Point on July 12 and calls upon the community for continued support and to remain vigilant in order to ensure a heightened level of safety for our islands.

“Our visitors must feel safe and secure during their stay,” said Police Commissioner Novelle E. Francis, Jr. “The Virgin Islands Police Department, together with the continued support of the deJongh administration, Department of Tourism and our community at large is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all visitors and residents alike.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands remains a safe destination for visitors and instances of crime against visitors are rare. As a U.S. Territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands operates within the American judicial system and has access to all of the same resources and infrastructure to comprehensively and effectively carry out criminal investigations.

 

 

In addition, the Virgin Islands Police Department recognizes the important role that the local community has played following the recent incident at Coki Point on July 12 and calls upon the community for continued support and to remain vigilant in order to ensure a heightened level of safety for our islands. “Our visitors must feel safe and secure during their stay,” said Police Commissioner “The Virgin Islands Police Department, together with the continued support of the deJongh administration, Department of Tourism and our community at large is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all visitors and residents alike.” The U.S. Virgin Islands remains a safe destination for visitors and instances of crime against visitors are rare. As a U.S. Territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands operates within the American judicial system and has access to all of the same resources and infrastructure to comprehensively and effectively carry out criminal investigations.

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