Extending our 15 year partnership with the VIPD, the
St. Croix Foundation’s vision for the future is to
marshal greater community support in addressing public
We seek to award up to $250,000 annually in grants to
the VI Police Department for targeted projects including
the upgrade and expansion of the Territory’s security
cameras, training for homicide detectives, acquisition of
equipment, and flexible support that is responsive to emerging
25 Years of Partnerships & Investments
The Foundation recognizes that community development only succeeds when complemented with improved public safety. In 1995, we initiated a partnership with the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) that continues to this day. Since the inception of that partnership, the Foundation has supported the VIPD through several existing Funds that provide flexible funding for emerging needs and which include securing and administering almost $1 million dollars for local police department initiatives and programs such as the following:
- Securing $400,000 in funding to place security cameras on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John in Christiansted, Frederiksted, Charlotte Amalie and Cruz Bay. The Foundation raised funds for maintaining the cameras and, today, we are identifying funding to upgrade the system on all three islands.
- Providing funding and training so that Bicycle Patrols could immediately commence on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Today, Bicycle Patrol Units are well-established in Christiansted and Frederiksted on St. Croix and Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. Ensuring a strong presence in downtown Christiansted, the Foundation has provided the Christiansted Bicycle Patrol with rent-free office space in Sunday Market Square since 2002. Total investment: $70,000.
- Funding Training Programs for officers in fingerprinting, homicide investigation, and bicycle and K9 patrols.
- Launching our Lighting Initiative to ensure that our historic town districts are well-lit for both safety and to increase economic activity in our downtown centers. Having procured a proprietary light fixture that was approved by the V.I. Historic Preservation Commission, the Foundation worked with downtown merchants and the V.I. Energy Office to encourage property owners to turn on their exterior lights at night. We also provided energy-saving bulbs and cost-effective light fixtures, ensuring that our historic towns shine bright and safe.