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VIPD Leads Multi-Agency Cleanup of Kennedy Terrace Area

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Police Commissioner Ray Martinez discusses the cleanup operation with Animal Cruelty Investigator Daniel Rodriguez.

On Wednesday, February 2, the Virgin Islands Police Department led a Clean-Up operation at the John F. Kennedy Terrace (JFK) Housing Community. This clean-up was a joint effort between the Virgin Islands Police Department and local government agencies.

This Clean-Up operation was a result of the VIPD receiving reports and complaints from nearby residents in the community of illegal activities; loitering, discharging of shots, animal neglect in the JFK housing community bushes and trees adjacent to the basketball court area.

The VIPD collaborated with St. Croix Administrator Samuel Sanes of Government House, the Waste Management Authority, the Department of Public Works, and the St. Croix Animal Shelter.

The Department of Public Works, along with the Waste Management Authority, assisted with the clean-up, and the St. Croix Animal Shelter assisted with the removal of the neglected animals.

St. Croix District Police Chief Sean Santos was present at JFK housing community with multiple officers from the VIPD patrol units and stated, “This will be an ongoing initiative. We will continue to enforce the Broken Windows theory to aid law enforcement in fighting crime, as VIPD will be targeting various locations on island. If it's an area of what appears to be heavy loitering or illegal activities, we are coming to clean up those areas to create visibility in those neighborhoods.”

“The Virgin Islands Police Department will continue to answer the calls of the residents of this territory. You can always call the VIPD at (340) 778-2211 on St. Croix or (340) 774-2211 on St. Thomas or 911 to report illegal activities in your community,” Chief Santos stated.