V.I. Police have scheduled several events for Crime Prevention Month, including “Bush Tea With a Cop,” an opportunity for residents to speak Saturday with police in a casual setting.
“You may ask questions, voice concerns, get to know your officers,” said V.I. Police Officer Edith Christopher, coordinator for the Grove Place Weed & Seed program, which is the police department’s community outreach program. “This is our community and we all are one, so it’s just a way of getting to know each other.”
A similar event was held on St. Thomas on Oct. 7. V.I. Police spokesman Glen Dratte did not issue public notification of that event.
Christopher said the department is hopeful that conversations over a cup of bush tea will help bridge the gap between residents and law enforcement.
Many people assume that “the only time a police officer comes to them is during an arrest or when something is negative,” but “we’re not just here as a person who wants to arrest you, we’re here as your friend,” Christopher said.
The St. Croix Bush Tea With a Cop event is scheduled for Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Twin City Café. For more information, contact Sgt. Samuel Gittens at 340-642-2889, Ofc. Christopher at 340-277-0266, or director Jacqueline Freeman at 340-344-4516.
In addition, the department is hosting a Ride Out and Family Fun Day on St. Croix on Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Free bicycles are available for those who would like to participate in the ride out, which begins and ends at D. Hamilton Jackson Park.
Fun, family friendly activities will also be provided during the ride out for those who do not wish to participate in the bicycle ride.
A family fun day is also scheduled for Oct. 20 on St. Thomas at Anna’s Retreat.