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The Faith Community Can Serve As A Critical Link Between Police And The Citizens They Protect And Serve

May 20, 2019

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI - As a part of the VIPD's initiative in "Meeting the People", Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dr. Celvin G. Walwyn, visits a local church every other Sunday. The concept is that many people do not attend town hall meetings, but they will attend church on Sunday,

Dr. Walwyn, an Ordained Minister of the Gospel, is very much at home during his visits.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, he attended the St. Ursula's Episcopalian Church on the Island of St. John where he was welcomed by Reverend Canon Rhymer.

Spiritual figures can serve as a powerful calming influence, defusing potentially volatile situations and even garnering a public show of support for the police.

At the same time, they can serve as law enforcement’s most trenchant critics. And they can offer this support from the church pulpit.

Dr. Walwyn stated “as one of the leaders in the Police Department we can build safer communities by taking steps to reinforce this connection."

Dr. Walwyn will continue to visit local churches throughout the territory.

If you would like to contact Deputy Commissioner Walwyn, please call (340) 778- 2211 in St. Croix, or (340) 774-2211 in St. Thomas/St. John.

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