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sav303
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I'm currently a police officer in Alabama, but have recently applied to the USVI PD. I have a few questions. If someone could assist me in finding the answers, I would be very grateful.

1) What is the general opinion of the Police Department and its officers? I've always heard horror stories about the corruption of police officers in the Caribbean, and would obviously not want to work for such a department. I know you always have a few bad apples, but would like to know if the officers are known to do their job with respect and consideration for the citizens they protect.

2)What would be a good area to look for an apartment? I'm a single white male in my twenties that likes to have fun, but I general stick to myself and a small group of friends. Also, as a police officer, I would like to know that when I first move to the island I don't move into a bad area and have my police equipment stolen the first day.

3)What are the gun laws like in USVI? Being a police officer, I am also a gun owner. I have back up weapons I use in my job now, and need to know how much of a pain it would be to bring my weapons onto the island.

4)What's a good local dive shop? I love diving, but would like to stay away from a tourist trap dive shop.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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Marty on STT
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I would ask this of Clayton Perry...he's a gunsmith, knows all the cops (sells them all their weapons and ammo), lived here forever and I'm sure will be more than happy to honestly answer your questions...clayton@viperry.co...tell him Marty said to ask.....

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Trade
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The police are under-equipped & undertrained. A lot of people aren't real thrilled with them. I might also add that they're VERY underpaid.

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terry
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which island:S

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sav303
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Once accepted, I would have a choice of St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John/Water Island.

Being underpaid is a fact of life for police officers. It would be a 35-40% raise for me. My department is extremely underpaid, and our city just had a new overtime policy put into place which all but eliminates any chance at overtime. We also can't have a full retirement until we have 30 years...and we've changed our policies(thanks to the mayor and city council), so retirees now pay $700 a month for insurance.

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