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Police commissioner White resigns.

 
Ms Information
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http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/no-clear-trends-during-white-s-tenure-police-commissioner-unexpectedly-quits-1.1430403

I am embarrassed to say that I really don't know who really has control of the VI Police. I have seen them operate for over two decades, but never really understood who makes things happen.

My perception was that White's appointment was an attempt to bring professionalism and responsibility to the department. Apparently he found it too much to do. Can someone explain the police power structure and how to finally make the necessary changes. His comments in the Daily News are very interesting. Nepotism? Here?

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Topic starter Posted : January 17, 2013 5:39 am
St X
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The important part...

"The management style of this commissioner and the political structure in the territory are not compatible," White said.

When asked for further explanation, White said, "It ought to be obvious."

White said he has a "management style of movement for merit and performance," but "if you look at the political structure of how things are done by nepotism, favoritism and politicism - I've been saying it since I've been here, that's nothing new - but that makes it extremely difficult to do a competent job."

I had high hopes when they brought in a commissioner from off island.

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Posted : January 17, 2013 2:15 pm
blu4u
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Another "local matter". Does anyone know if the federal agents have commenced duties under "peace officer status"? I ope White continues to do the right thing and speak out against coruption.

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Posted : January 17, 2013 3:43 pm
isl3985
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Does anyone know if the federal agents have commenced duties under "peace officer status"?

No they haven't.

And what duties might those be? They have to stop doing their jobs and do the local's job now? If I was a fed, why would I want to deal with state/local law infractions I might see on my off time? How would this benefit them? Is the local government going to pay them for time they spent working on state/local issues when they aren't working for the US gov't, enforcing FEDERAL law?

Ask the ATF agent how it benefited him, and "peace officer status" probably wouldn't have changed a thing about that situation, knowing how things run "heh".

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Posted : January 18, 2013 12:17 am
Ms Information
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I guess I was asking someone with real knowledge to try and explain the VI Police Department power structure to me. I doubt that there are many people who really know how it affects us on an everyday basis. If there is someone out there who really knows...please share it. I hope it is not asking too much.

This is not about giving federal agents power, or training local police better. This is about who pulls the strings. We already know that our police department is still stuck in the 20th century. What must be done to change things. How can we get the angry gun wielding kids off the streets. How can we give our police a sense of empowerment and pride?

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2013 3:42 am
noOne
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How can we give our police a sense of empowerment and pride?

I think the police there have been mired too long in (crap) to come out of it. At very least it will take a long time.

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Posted : January 18, 2013 4:01 am
St X
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How can we give our police a sense of empowerment and pride?

Maybe finding a way to end the nepotism and favoritism and rewarding merit and performance would be a good start.
There's no reason to stick your neck out if you already know who's going to get the raises and promotions.

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Posted : January 18, 2013 2:35 pm
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