The United States Virgin Islands Peace Officer Standards and Training Council referred to as the Council, has been established pursuant to Title 23 V.I.C. § 1201 to establish the standards for training for law enforcement and correction officers. Its purpose is to promote a high level of professionalism and training of Peace Officers of all law enforcement and correction agencies in the territory to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens.
To develop professional and skilled peace officers through the use of state-of-the-art training and technology who are committed to the service and protection of the community.
The Council in its commitment to ensuring professional standards in law enforcement we remain Resolute in our commitment to gain the support of the community and law enforcement officers for a better future.
The Peace Officers Standards and Training Council shall be comprised as follows:
(1) The Police Commissioner;
(2) The Attorney General or his designee;
(3) Director of the Virgin Islands Fire Services or his designee;
(4) Police Chiefs from the Districts of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John;
(5) The Director of Enforcements for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources;
(6) The Director of the Department of Corrections; and
(7) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Delroy Richards, Sr., Police Commissioner – Council Chairperson
Claude Walker Esq. , Attorney General – Council Vice-Chairperson
Clifford Joseph, Director of the VI Fire Service- Secretary/ Treasurer
Jason Marsh, Police Chief St. Thomas District- Council Member
Winsbut McFarlande, Police Chief St. Croix District- Council Member
Howard Forbes, Director of Enforcements for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources – Council member
Rick Mullgrav, Director of the Department of Corrections – Council Member
Rhys Hodge, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the VI – Council Member
Kevin A. Hewitt Sr., POST Executive Director
Functions and Duties of the Council
The Council shall have the following functions and duties together with all powers necessary or convenient for the performance thereof:
- To study, obtain data, statistics, and information and to make reports concerning the recruitment, selection and training of law enforcement officers in the United States Virgin Islands and to make improvements in methods of recruitment, selection, and training of law enforcement officers;
- To review from time to time the standards described in 23 V.I.C. § 1207 for applicants for and appointees as law enforcement officers;
- To consider, hold public hearings on, adopt and promulgate standards relating to the physical, mental and moral fitness of any applicant for or appointee as a law enforcement officer as do not lower the standards in 23 V.I.C. § 1206 or as otherwise permitted by 23 V.I.C. § 1207;
- To consider, and make reports from time to time concerning the work, the curriculum, and courses offered by law enforcement training schools in the United States Virgin Islands and to make recommendations for improving the schools, curriculum, and courses;
- To encourage the establishment of law enforcement training schools and courses on law enforcement in existing institutions of learning;
- To gather statistics and data relative to standards and training and make the same available to governmental entities upon request;
- To revoke its approval or certification of any person appointed or certified pursuant to this article for failure to meet the continuing training or education requirements set forth in the rules of the Council or for failure to meet the requirements of 23 V.I.C. § 1207 ;
- To make an investigation to determine whether the requirements of this article and the rules, regulations and standards of the Council issued pursuant to this article are being observed and followed;
- To enforce this article and the rules, regulations, and standards issued by the council with appropriate civil and criminal actions by the Attorney General, or other appropriate officials;
- To enter into cooperative agreements with federal and local law enforcement agencies for effective training; and
- To obtain the services and advice of experts in the field of law enforcement for the purpose of aiding the Council in its studies, considerations, reports and recommendations, and in the adoption of standards, rules and regulations.
The Executive Director of the Council is a certified law enforcement officer with the power of arrest as defined in Title 5, section 3561 of the Virgin Islands Code and is the Chief Operating Officer of the Council responsible for the administration of Council policy.