ST. THOMAS, V.I – Attorney General Claude Earl Walker and the
Department of Justice have received high praise from the Territory’s top
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
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
Mapp highlighted the collaboration between the DOJ and the police department,
which he said has resulted in “more arrests and more prosecutions.”
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.”