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dapperdan824
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August 9, 2017 4:04 am  

Hello All!

My name is Daniel and I am originally from Florida but have spent the last 20 years (I'm 25) traveling to various places because my dad was in the Air Force and my long time girlfriend is also in the Air Force. However now I (we) am moving to St. Croix next year and had a few questions that I suppose are rather unique, because I can't find too much information about it elsewhere.

Is anyone familiar with the practice of the VIPD? Is it a hard place to get hired and does anyone have any idea how their work situation is? Horrible reputation? Corrupt? Horrible working conditions?

I have some experience but I have racked up a few speeding tickets since then and what not, nothing major but im wondering if anyone knows if theyre particularly stringent on their requirements. I have put in an application and I am supposed to come to a testing event next month, but if i have little chance i'd rather not spend the money to fly down there for a week just yet. I've asked them and they seem to be mum about the whole process or standards.

Thank You in advance!

DapperDan


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August 9, 2017 10:52 am  

wish i could help. i havent seen any other posts about the hiring process or any of that.


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August 9, 2017 11:29 am  

According to their web site Caribbean Adventure Tours David also works for VIPD. Maybe he can give you some pointers.


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ironheadUSVI
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August 9, 2017 1:25 pm  

If you can walk and talk, the VIPD will hire you. They have very low standards.


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August 9, 2017 2:35 pm  

do you work there? wondering how you would know otherwise

If you can walk and talk, the VIPD will hire you. They have very low standards.


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August 9, 2017 2:48 pm  

do you work there? wondering how you would know otherwise

If you can walk and talk, the VIPD will hire you. They have very low standards.

Remember the news stories about the application tests?


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August 9, 2017 2:49 pm  

Here is the job posting listing qualifications for police officers in the VI.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dopusvi/jobs/1730478/police-officer-st-croix

If you can walk and talk, the VIPD will hire you. They have very low standards.


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ironheadUSVI
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August 9, 2017 2:55 pm  

Hello All!

My name is Daniel and I am originally from Florida but have spent the last 20 years (I'm 25) traveling to various places because my dad was in the Air Force and my long time girlfriend is also in the Air Force. However now I (we) am moving to St. Croix next year and had a few questions that I suppose are rather unique, because I can't find too much information about it elsewhere.

Is anyone familiar with the practice of the VIPD? Is it a hard place to get hired and does anyone have any idea how their work situation is? Horrible reputation? Corrupt? Horrible working conditions?

I have some experience but I have racked up a few speeding tickets since then and what not, nothing major but im wondering if anyone knows if theyre particularly stringent on their requirements. I have put in an application and I am supposed to come to a testing event next month, but if i have little chance i'd rather not spend the money to fly down there for a week just yet. I've asked them and they seem to be mum about the whole process or standards.

Thank You in advance!

DapperDan

http://viconsortium.com/virgin-islands-2/entrance-exams-for-police-officers/

Latest info on hiring from today.


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speee1dy
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August 9, 2017 5:45 pm  

actually i dont lol

do you work there? wondering how you would know otherwise

If you can walk and talk, the VIPD will hire you. They have very low standards.

Remember the news stories about the application tests?


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stjohnjulie
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August 9, 2017 6:12 pm  

Is anyone familiar with the practice of the VIPD?.... Horrible reputation? Corrupt?

Not the greatest reputation for sure. You can just Google "VIPD Police Officer Arrested" to get a idea. My limited interactions with the VIPD have not been very good. Slow response times, lack of empathy and understanding. I'm sure this isn't the overwhelming case, but the last guy I had to deal with was acting very 'slow'. As in, not sure how he passed the GED let alone got into the force. I had to repeat my phone number to him no less than 10 times before he wrote it down right. And I was a foot and a half away from him so it's not like we could blame it on a bad connection.

Like with most government positions here, they are dominated by local individuals. Not that there is anything wrong with that, or that isn't the way it should be, but sometimes it's hard for transplants to fit in. As long as you know it might be a challenge, and you are up for it.

Good luck!


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August 9, 2017 9:21 pm  

Not the greatest reputation for sure. You can just Google "VIPD Police Officer Arrested" to get a idea. My limited interactions with the VIPD have not been very good. Slow response times, lack of empathy and understanding. I'm sure this isn't the overwhelming case, but the last guy I had to deal with was acting very 'slow'. As in, not sure how he passed the GED let alone got into the force. I had to repeat my phone number to him no less than 10 times before he wrote it down right. And I was a foot and a half away from him so it's not like we could blame it on a bad connection.

Now that just doesn't match the posted job description at all.


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August 9, 2017 9:41 pm  

My encounters with police have been rare but the ones I've dealings with have been both positive and helpful.


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dapperdan824
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August 9, 2017 9:51 pm  

Thank You All.

Yeh, my general impression from reading other forums has been that they're probably slightly more unprofessional than lots of mainland agencies.

I spoke with a sgt with vipd on facebook today and brought up some of my concerns about speeding tickets etc and his response was basically, if you want the job you're gonna get it. And left it at that. So, there's that. Lol

I've worked in far worse and much more dangerous situations than a inept and somewhat farcical police department. So I'm definitely up for it.


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August 9, 2017 11:40 pm  

The question is can you live on $30K/yr


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dapperdan824
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August 10, 2017 2:59 am  

I certainly hope so. Luckily we're a two income household and she will be getting $2200 a month just for attending school via the GI Bill after we arrive and most likely a job as well, so that certainly helps things a lot.


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speee1dy
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August 10, 2017 10:52 am  

but you forgot about all the overtime that brings that up to about 75k.

and GERS is another story

The question is can you live on $30K/yr


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August 10, 2017 11:01 am  

I heard about that as well. Overtime appears to be mandatory given the manpower situation.


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August 10, 2017 11:53 am  

great for the paycheck but dont count on GERS


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August 10, 2017 5:44 pm  

If you have a degree you don't have to take the entrance exam and get a lil pay bump. I was going to go into the force but...

You have to turn in your papers to Division of Personnel. After about a month of not hearing anything I went to the DOP and realized they lost my paperwork. After saying they didn't lost it but no one could of find them and i just carried them back. I got the letter in the mail saying I don't have to take the exam. After about 1-2 weeks then got a call from IA on a Weds saying that I need a check up from a physician by that Saturday to take the physical test. She also gave me this thick packet to fill out with bank info etc. Honestly at that point I already started looking for work in my field. That same Friday I got a contract from a private sector company and I never looked back.

tldr: It's real easy to apply but if you aren't a local just reach out to the VIPD directly so they could follow your paperwork through the system.


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dapperdan824
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August 10, 2017 9:15 pm  

Unfortunately I've already had the same problem. I applied uploaded all the documents and got an email saying that i was missing documents, asked what documents and they said my proof of citizenship, so i resent my birth certificate and my SSN card. Waited waited waited. Got another email stating id be disqualified if it wasnt sent. Called they said they couldn't find my application. Now we're starting over


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August 10, 2017 9:24 pm  

That probably explains why so many cases go unsolved!!!!

Unfortunately I've already had the same problem. I applied uploaded all the documents and got an email saying that i was missing documents, asked what documents and they said my proof of citizenship, so i resent my birth certificate and my SSN card. Waited waited waited. Got another email stating id be disqualified if it wasnt sent. Called they said they couldn't find my application. Now we're starting over


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August 10, 2017 9:41 pm  

efficiency at it's best


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August 11, 2017 2:38 am  

It has rarely been easy to apply for and find any jobs from off-island.


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dapperdan824
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August 11, 2017 4:15 am  

I'm no stranger to bureaucracy and lengthy background checks but they do seem to be pretty disorganized. They're polite enough they just don't seem to keep track of things well.

Yeh, I've always understood that getting hired while not on the island is a task. But i suppose i assumed a agency that seems to be in dire need of qualified applicants would be more eager to get their candidates through the process. Then again this may just be a matter of adjusting to island time and a slower pace.


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