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NEW SECURITY UNIT TO PROTECT CHIEF EXECUTIVES

A special unit within the Police Department is being formed to help protect the governor and lieutenant governor — and, according to the governor, the territory’s budget. Currently, police officers are assigned to the governor and lieutenant governor’s security units. But the practice means officers rack up high amounts of overtime pay.
To address the issue, Gov. Charles Turnbull announced Wednesday that he has issued an order for an executive security unit to be formed within the Police Department.
The unit will protect the chief executive and his second-in-command on a 24-hour basis. Members of the unit will accompany their charges outside the territory and escort visiting dignitaries and administration officials. They will also be responsible for transportation, guarding the governor and the lieutenant governor’s residences and other duties the governor assigns.
According to Turnbull, the unit will be headed by a director who will be designated by the Police commissioner with the governor's approval. A pay scale for the unit will be included in the Police Department budget each fiscal year, and all members will retain their existing police ranks and seniority before being transferred to the security detail.
Security unit members will be entitled to take promotional examinations administered to their counterparts during their tenure, the governor said.
The V.I. Independent reported Thursday that in creating the new unit, the governor ignored the recommendation of his Economic Recovery Task Force that security for the two top officials be removed from the Police Department to save taxpayers more than $140,000 a year.

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A special unit within the Police Department is being formed to help protect the governor and lieutenant governor -- and, according to the governor, the territory’s budget. Currently, police officers are assigned to the governor and lieutenant governor’s security units. But the practice means officers rack up high amounts of overtime pay.
To address the issue, Gov. Charles Turnbull announced Wednesday that he has issued an order for an executive security unit to be formed within the Police Department.
The unit will protect the chief executive and his second-in-command on a 24-hour basis. Members of the unit will accompany their charges outside the territory and escort visiting dignitaries and administration officials. They will also be responsible for transportation, guarding the governor and the lieutenant governor’s residences and other duties the governor assigns.
According to Turnbull, the unit will be headed by a director who will be designated by the Police commissioner with the governor's approval. A pay scale for the unit will be included in the Police Department budget each fiscal year, and all members will retain their existing police ranks and seniority before being transferred to the security detail.
Security unit members will be entitled to take promotional examinations administered to their counterparts during their tenure, the governor said.
The V.I. Independent reported Thursday that in creating the new unit, the governor ignored the recommendation of his Economic Recovery Task Force that security for the two top officials be removed from the Police Department to save taxpayers more than $140,000 a year.