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  • Three Scenic Island Districts

    The VIPD has two islands districts:

    • St Thomas/Water Island/St. John
    • St. Croix

    Officers may live and work in the district of their choice (provided manpower positions are available in the chosen district).

    Currently the VIPD has approximately 190 sworn personnel on St. Croix and 220 in the St. Thomas/Water Island/St. John district.

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  • Excellent Benefit & Compensation Package

    • Pay during academy training - $27,753
    • Pay at graduation - $30,000
    • Paid vacation days per year 13-26;
    • Sick leave (13 work days per year);
    • Night differential pay;
    • In-service training in subject matters related to police work;
    • Career oriented study leave;
    • Double pay for work on holidays;
    • Health Insurance coverage for officers and their family;
    • Worker's Compensation insurance coverage;
    • Uniform and equipment allowance;
    • Competitive retirement benefits (20 years at 60%; 3% for each additional year up to 90%);
    • College credit differential added to salary;

    Note: Degree in police science or related studies accepted upon completion of the Police Training Academy. The following is a breakdown of how compensation for college credits is applied to salary:

    • 10 credits - 3%
    • 25 credits - 6%
    • 40 credits - 10%
    • AA credits - 15%
    • BS/BA Degree - 20%
    • MS/MA Degree - 30%
  • Recruitment

    The Virgin Islands Police Department is currently recruiting the very best men and women to serve as police officers.

    For more information please contact the VIPD Personnel Office at the following numbers:

    • 340 712 6096
    • 340 712 6087
    • 340 712 6086
    To become a police officer, you must be:
    • between ages of 20 and 44;
    • a U.S. citizen;
    • a high school graduate;
    • of good moral character as determined by investigation under an established procedure;
    • finger printed and be subject to a search made of local, State and National fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
    • found, after examination by a licensed physician or surgeon, to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might adversely affect exercising the powers or duties of a police officer.
    • not have been convicted, by any State or Territory or by the Federal Government, of any crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal, Territory or State prison; nor shall the person have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish pattern of disregard for the law;
    • interviewed by a Police Officer Selection Board to determine such things as a applicant's appearance, background and ability to communicate;
    • take and pass a civil service examination. (Applicants who possess an associates degree or a bachelors degree in any field or have served in the U.S. Military may have this requirement waived.)

    Finally, you must undergo up to six months of training at the Virgin Islands Police Academy.

  • State of the art equipment and training

    The VIPD is committed to providing its officers with the best equipment and training necessary to meet the demands of modern policing.

    The VIPD upgrades and issues new equipment (handguns, batons, OC sprays, and vehicles) on a regular basis.

    > Vehicles and Equipment
  • Assignments to Special Units within the Department

    The VIPD has many specialized units to which officers are assigned. These include:

    Criminal Investigation Bureau
       Domestic Violence Unit
       Juvenile Unit
       Major Crimes
       Auto Theft
    Marine Unit
    Bicycle Patrol
    Beach Patrol
    Street Enforcement Team
    K-9 Unit
    Traffic Division
    Motor Carrier Safety
    Crime Prevention/DARE
    Hazardous Device Unit
    Planning and Research
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