DPW has completed the first phase of road repairs in Frederiksted town with pavement reconstruction, drainage system, striping, and signage on Queen Cross, Hospital, New, Hill, Customs, Lagoon and Market Streets. Investments in waterline rehabilitation and improvements to Abramson Pier are also in the works.
DPW has completed stormwater drainage improvements and a retention pond at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Several more projects across St. Thomas will mitigate damage from stormwater runoff and enhance infrastructure sustainability.
The VIPD has supplemented its manpower by reinstituting the Police Auxiliary and implementing the new Community Service Officer program for civilians to assist regular police officers with patrol and other duties. Those interested in law enforcement will gain experience in policing. These strategies enhance a greater law enforcement presence.
The Office of Gun Violence Prevention leads interventions against chronic violent offenders through proactive community outreach that keeps the community safe from violent crime. retaliation, and emotional trauma. This collaborative, community-based approach utilizes a model developed by the National Network of Safe Communities to develop evidence-based intervention programs.
The V.I. Next Generation Network has deployed free Wi-Fi to public housing communities, community centers, public libraries, and several parks. This initiative began when students received internet for virtual learning in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Access points are now being expanded to the airports, hospitals, ports, and other public locations ensuring that all residents have at least minimal access to broadband service.