James Parris was born in the town of Frederiksted, St. Croix where he was raised. He attended the then Frederiksted Grammar School located in the now Government House Frederiksted and then the Claude O’ Markoe High School. Having graduated in June of 1964 at the age of 17, he volunteered for the US Army in July of 1965, and after reaching the acceptable age served from July 1965 through July6 of 1967, where he was stationed in the USA PAC Division.
In November of 1967 he joined the then Department of Public Safety. Having served in both commands in the St. Croix District and assigned to the Traffic Division, to include Governor’s Security for the late Dr. Melvin H. Evans. He was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant in 1978, and was assigned as the Traffic Commander.
In September of 1980, he was selected to attend the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and graduated in December from class number 80-123rd session, he then returned to the position of Traffic Commander.
In September of 1982 he was promoted to Police Lieutenant and was assigned to the Ancilmo Marshall Command as a Shift Lieutenant with the added assignment as the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Commander. He was ultimately responsible for all specialized training for the unit but opted to have them attend the U.S. Marshalls Special Operation Group Training in Fort Polk Louisiana, September of 1985.
In September 1985, he was promoted to Police Captain and was assigned the Commander of the Wilbur Francis Command. Shortly thereafter, he was assigned as the Director of the Crime Prevention Bureau, an attachment of the Police Commissioner’s Office.
In December of 1990 he was assigned as the District Commander of the St. Croix District, being responsible to the office of the chief of Police for the daily operation of the district.
He retired for the Virgin Islands Police Department on December 31, 1994. Utilizing the rewarding experience gained from the 30 years of policing and training, he became the Superintendent of a Private Security Company on St. Croix until June of 1996. During the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996, he was hired as an Assistant Manager at the Aquatic Venue at Georgia State University, where he was responsible for the operations of that venue for the evening tour.
Returning to the Virgin Islands in November of 1996, he was hired as the police Captain in Charge of the St. Croix Division of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority Police. He served in this capacity until May of 2001. He then returned to civilian life as the Owner and Manager of a Private Security Company.
In November of 2009, he returned to the Virgin Islands Police Department as a Cold Case Agent, primarily to assist in bringing closure to cases with specific solvability factors.
In June 2012, Retired Police Captain James Parris was selected to be the Deputy Police Chief of the St. Croix district. In his acceptance of the position, Captain Parris adds to his major accomplishments- continued service to the people of the Virgin Islands through his chosen profession of law enforcement