Biography of U.S. VIPD Deputy Commissioner Curtis Griffin

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Curtis GriffinCurtis A. Griffin, J.D. was born on the island of St. Croix on June 8, 1963. In 1981, he graduated from the St. Croix Central High School. He joined the Virgin Islands Police Department as a Police Recruit on March 5, 1984, and after successfully completing training at the Virgin Islands Police Academy, he was appointed to the position of Police Officer. During his tenure with the department, Griffin served in both districts of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix.

While serving as a law enforcement officer, Griffin rose through the ranks and was commended for several noble acts for outstanding police work. It was no surprise that this V.I. native, being one of 260 law enforcement officers that graduated from the 178th session of the FBI National Academy, would be equipped with the tools that shaped his law enforcement career which spanned 20 years.

In 1996, while serving as the lead investigator, Griffin, along with other law enforcement officers, was commended by former Police Commissioner Ramon Davila for his tireless work in bringing forth the conviction of the suspects involved in the murder of former VI Police Officer Steven Hodge.

In April 1993, Griffin was also one of several law enforcement officers commended by former Commissioner Milton Frett for his assistance with the apprehension of a deserter Marine that fled to St. Thomas to avoid prosecution after he was identified by the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) as being one of three members that conspired to defraud the U.S. government.

Because of his hard work and determination, Griffin was promoted to police sergeant on April 29, 1996. Less than a year after being promoted, Griffin was involved in a multi law enforcement agency effort that assisted the Secret Service with the protecting the life of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his family during their vacation in the Virgin Islands.

Griffin worked in Investigation for three years and also served as the Commander of the F.B.I. Safe Street Task Force for 10 years. While assigned at the task force, Griffin was charged with conducting and managing investigations into federal and local crimes. He also coordinated efforts between federal and local law enforcement agencies, to include the U.S. Attorney and V.I. Attorney General’s office with criminal prosecutions. His professionalism and work ethic was also noticed by others. Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Hector Pesqura, of the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation, in his August 1995 letter said, “Detective Griffin has been an invaluable asset to the Federal Law Enforcement community in the Virgin Islands, particularly to our Agents assigned to the St. Thomas Resident Agency.” Cary Gleicher, of the United States Department of Justice FBI, echoed similar sentiments when he said “Sergeant Griffin...leadership skills are exceptional as is his ability to train his people on proper investigative techniques.”

Griffin was also commended for other cases which helped to increase the safety of V.I. residents, such as the apprehension of four suspects who stole more than $200,000 worth of diamonds from a St. Thomas jewellery store in April 1996. Additionally, in 2003, Griffin, along with other law enforcement officials, helped to take down “The Commission,” a group of individuals that were known to terrorize the St. Croix community. After many years of dedicated service, Griffin retired from the police department in June 2004.

In 2007, he interned at the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida under Assistant State Attorney James E. Peterson. Griffin successfully argued several motions and sat as co-counsel on misdemeanour trials during his time at the office.

Griffin returned to the police department on August 2, 2007, where he was appointed as the Director of the Internal Affairs Bureau. As the director, he territorially managed and coordinated the operations related to the inspection, control and internal investigation within the police department. He ensured that current policies and procedures were properly enforced and all complaints alleging misconduct on the part of the members of the department were thoroughly investigated.

Recently, on February 3, 2015, Griffin was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Compliance Officer for the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Griffin holds a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law; a Bachelors of Science in Public Policy, an Associates of Science in Criminal Justice from Empire State College, and certification in Law Enforcement Management from the FBI National Academy. He is knowledgeable in various legal matters including the preparation of misdemeanour cases for motions and trial, performing legal research for civil rights complaints, family law and domestic violence cases. He also has security clearance.

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