Department of Public Safety
On July 21, 1955, the Governor of the USVI established the Department of Public Safety.
This executive department was mandated by a Commissioner, and composed of two divisions, the Police Division and the Fire Division.
The Police Division was charged with enforcing the laws relating to public safety.
It also administered a police system providing police services for the protection of persons and property within the jurisdiction of the Virgin Islands, among other responsibilities.
Later on, the Public Safety department was composed of more agencies, including Home Guards, Civil Defense, Fish and Wildlife, and Corrections (Jails and Prisons).