Resume of U.S. VIPD St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Colon-Jones

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Maria Colon-Jones1996-1997 PATROL DIVISION

Assigned to various Patrol Zones to include Jurgens Command in St. John. Duties included first responder to calls for service, traffic enforcement, and crime scene preservation

1997-2000 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BUREAU

Assigned to investigate all felonies cases, such as Rapes, Robberies, Assaults. Assisted the Major Crime Unit (Homicide) with the translations of Spanish statements

2000-2006 JUVENILE INVESTIGATION BUREAU

Assigned to investigate all juvenile related offenses, such as Felonies and Status Offenses. Assisted with the Boot Camp Program as a mentor.

2006-2009 911 COMMANDER (Promoted to Sergeant)

Responsible for the day to day operation of the 911 System in the St. Thomas/ St. John District. Supervise 16 Dispatchers on three rotating shifts. Also responsible for all the 911 recordings and records. Testified in court about 911 recordings. Supervise Officers in Camera Room and monitor Camera System. Duties also included being the Crime Stoppers Coordinator. Responsible for receiving and disseminating the tips received and doing follow ups to report to Crime Stoppers.

2009- July 2010 COMMAND INSPECTOR/CRIME STOPPERS CORDINATOR

Worked directly under the Chief of Police. Made inspections of all Zones and Bureaus. Met with Officers and Supervisors about issues of concerns. Met Commanders and give them advice for initiatives and deficiencies noted in their areas. Give Chief report on my findings and suggestions to resolve some of the deficiencies noted.

JULY 2010-MAY 2012 ZONE C COMMANDER (Promoted to Lieutenant)

Responsible for the day to day operation of Zone C Command in the Patrol Division. Responsible for over 40 employees which included Supervisors, Officers and Civilian Staff. Investigated Use of Force and Civilian Complaints against Officers. Institute Disciplinary charges or remedial training for Officers. Develop Operational Plans and initiatives to curtail crime such as Burglaries. Develop several crime watch programs in different neighborhoods such as in Peterborg and Wintberg. Ensure that all aspects of the Consent Decree were complied with by Officers and Supervisors assigned in the Zone.

FORMAL TRAINING

  • Police Instructor Certification Training
  • Certified Police and Fire Dispatcher
  • Interview and Interrogation
  • NCIC Certification
  • Supervisory Training
  • Death Investigation
  • Advance Investigative Techniques
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Domestic Violence Training
  • Stalking Training
  • Customer Service Training
  • Labor Relations
  • Arbitration Training

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Education with a Concentration in History and Police Science May 2000
University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas VI

Masters in Criminal Justice
16 Credits Completed Andrew Jackson University, Alabama

MILITARY EXPERIENCE

1995-2005 Member of the VI National Guard Military Police Unit. Traveled to missions in Germany and different states in the US Main Land New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. Obtain Secret Clearance from the US Army.

SPECIAL SKILLS

Fluent in Spanish, Read, Write and Understand

COMMENDATIONS

  • Honorable Service Awards (3)
  • Exceptional Service Awards (3)
  • Moral Booster
  • Several letters of Commendation
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