Biography of VIPD Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard, Sr

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Rodney F. Querrard, Sr.Rodney F. Querrard, Sr. is a native Virgin Islander and a 26 year veteran of the Virgin Islands Police Department. As Police Commissioner for the Virgin Islands Police Department, he is responsible for leading a department of sworn and civilian personnel in both districts.

After only a few short months in retirement, Commissioner Querrard was asked by Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. to return to active service. He retired from the position of Chief of Police for the St. Thomas/St. John District in 2012 having served in that capacity for almost five years.

During his distinguished career, he held various positions within the department. Following his graduation from the Police Academy in 1987, Commissioner Querrard worked as a Patrol Officer at the Richard N. Callwood, Bassanio David, and Mariel C. Newton Commands. He was promoted to Police Sergeant in 1991. While serving as a patrol officer, he was assigned to various details including “plain clothes assignments” to address specific challenges at his assigned commands. As a Police Sergeant, he supervised officers both on St. Thomas and St. John, this supervisory position also required weekly and monthly reports, as well as reviewing officers reports and disciplining officers. While holding the rank of Police Sergeant, Commissioner Querrard was deputized and reassigned to a joint federal/local drug enforcement unit. At DEA/HIDTA, he served as a Task Force Officer from January of 1999 until June 2007 when Governor de Jongh, selected him as Chief of Police. During eight years as a Task Force Officer, Commissioner Querrard worked drug related investigations and most major investigations pertaining to the transportation and distribution of large amounts of illegal narcotics, in particular cocaine and marijuana. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and supervised all officers assigned to the joint task force. He also had oversight of the officers assigned to DEA/HIDTA task force on St. Croix.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP). He has received numerous awards throughout his career and has participated in numerous training and conferences both locally and nationally.

On January 22, 2013, Querrard was appointed as the department’s Assistant Commissioner and was immediately named Acting Commissioner. His nomination was confirmed by the 30th Legislature on June 28, 2013 and was sworn-in as Police Commissioner on July 29, 2013.

Commissioner Querrard is a 1982 graduate of the Charlotte Amalie High School. He is married to Catherine Querrard and is the father of two sons, Rodney, Jr. and Ryan Querrard.

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