St. Croix police leaders take oath
Published: October 1, 2013
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ST. CROIX - In a ceremony marked by pledges of commitment to do whatever is needed to see the community thrive, the district's top cops took their oaths of office Monday.
In a small ceremony attended by family, close friends and a handful of law enforcement officers, V.I. Superior Court Judge Denise Hinds Roach administered the oath of office to the newly appointed Assistant Police Commissioner Thomas Hannah, St. Croix Police Chief James Parris and St. Croix Deputy Police Chief Arthur Hector Sr.
After taking his oath, Hannah thanked Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard Sr. for putting the trust in him to share the task of leading the department forward and said it is his aim to work tirelessly to lead the men and woman of the department as they protect and serve the people of the territory. He said the work the officers do affects everyone because the community is close.
"We live right next to each of you, and we work to protect you and protect our own," he said. "But you got to help us. We can't do it without you."
Hannah said every citizen regardless of age, race, gender or status in the community can do their part to help make the community better.
He reminded officers in attendance that they have all taken the oath to protect and serve and are held at a higher standard and should always be moved to do things the right way.
Parris stayed true to being a man of few words as he thanked his family and fellow officers for attending the ceremony and renewed his vow to the community that he is up to the challenge to carry out his duties.
Hector expressed gratitude to those who had gone before him in the department and had recognized his potential, and he said he is willing and ready to ensure that the objectives of the department are carried out.
"I pledge to work diligently to fulfill all of the goals and objectives of the department," he said.
Querrard said he is confident with the selections made.
"These men are not new to the game, but this is not an easy task, especially in their supervisory role," he said.
Querrard said he attended officer inspections on St. Thomas on Monday morning and reminded the officers that no matter the circumstance, they have to look out for themselves and each other. Querrard said with the department operating under a federal consent decree, it is an important task to find the persons who would be a great fit to help him move the department in the right direction.
He said crime will always be ongoing in the community on some level, but everyone - police and residents - must work together to help deter it.
"The only way we can make a difference is if we work together," he said. "This is our community, this is our Police Department and this is our struggle."
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