Police Commissioner Henry W. White Jr. has announced that applications are available for the Virgin Islands Police Department sponsored summer programs including P.A.L., S.A.D.D, Weed and Seed, and DEFY. These programs are police sponsored juvenile crime prevention program which offer recreational, educational, cultural and social programs to youth ages 6 to 16 while strengthening the bond between the police officers and young people, according to a press release issued Thursday by the VIPD.
Commissioner White encourages parents to sign their children up for the program. "Studies show that youth who interact favorably with police officers gain an early respect for the law and this contact lessens the chances of them being involved in criminal activity in the future," he said.
For more information on the summer programs and to download an application, visit the VIPD Web site at www.vipd.gov.vi. A link is also posted on the VIPD Face Book Page. Program applications are available at any police station in the territory. For more information on the VIPD summer programs on St. Thomas or St. John call the Crime Prevention office 776-1525. For VIPD summer programs on St. Croix call the Crime Prevention office at 773-6393.
Donors are encouraged to contribute to the programs or sponsor a youth, call the Crime Prevention office to find out how an individual can give.