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  01/31/2017 DOJ Comes In For High Praise From Gov. Mapp  

ST. THOMAS, V.I – Attorney General Claude Earl Walker and the Department of Justice have received high praise from the Territory’s top official.

During his live broadcast of the State of the Territory Address Monday night, Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp extolled AG Walker and his staff for their handling of criminal and civil matters.

“Attorney General Claude Walker and the Department of Justice must also be commended for their work in fighting crime, pursuing our interests in civil cases, and collecting long-overdue child support payments,” Gov. Mapp said in his prepared address.

Speaking of the forensic facility that the DOJ is taking steps to complete and establish shortly, the governor touted that this is the first time that such a stand-alone facility has existed in the Territory.

“DOJ’s forensic laboratory will be used by the Medical Examiner to conduct autopsies and will help law enforcement to better store and analyze evidence,” Gov. Mapp said. “A similar forensic facility will be opened on St. Croix to serve that district.”

Training young people in the field of forensic science is another important aspect of developing that area in the Territory.

“Some of our young people are interested in working in the field of forensic science,” Gov. Mapp said. “So I have tasked the Attorney General to develop a forensic science cadet program at DOJ where young Virgin Islanders can be exposed to this profession.”

According to Gov. Mapp, funding for the acquisition of vehicles and equipment to be used by the Medical Examiner within the DOJ will be procured through Act 7866, which establishes the $10 million Emergency First Responder credit facility. The Act was signed into law April 2016.

Meanwhile, Gov. Mapp highlighted the collaboration between the DOJ and the police department, which he said has resulted in “more arrests and more prosecutions.”

“Defendants who have fled the Territory after committing serious crimes are being apprehended and returned to the Virgin Islands to account for their actions,” Gov. Mapp said. “This collaboration has also resulted in increased confiscation of illegal firearms coming into the Territory.”

  DOJ comes in for high praise from Gov. Mapp.pdf