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USVI delegate, senator convene law enforcement meeting
Published on August 26, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Federal law enforcement and the level of commitment of federal resources to the US Virgin Islands were the subject of a joint meeting convened by USVI Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen and 30th Legislature Committee on Public Safety, homeland security and justice chair Kenneth Gittens this past Tuesday.

USVI Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen
Christensen and Gittens met with federal law enforcement, including US Attorney Ron Sharpe and the special agents in charge for the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Patrol, US Citizenship and Immigrations Services, US Coast Guard and the US Post Office Postal Inspectors and the US Marshal. Local law enforcement, including the VI Attorney General’s Office, and the VI police commissioner were also present.

“The meeting was convened to review the level of staffing and resources that are currently being provided to the Virgin Islands by federal law enforcement,” said Christensen. “We have been assured by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Justice Department and other agencies that the ramp-up in resources to the Caribbean, in particular Puerto Rico, means the same for the Virgin Islands,” she said. “During the meeting, we looked at commitment, deficiencies, and the impact of sequestration.”

Senator Kenneth Gittens
“We had a productive dialogue for more collaboration and attention to the security of our homeland,” said Gittens.

Christensen said that coordination between the federal and local law enforcement was also discussed. “We got an update on what is being done to address the influx of drugs and guns to the territory and the need for a postal inspector given the amount of trafficking that comes through the postal system into the territory.”
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