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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 23, 2009


Contact: ATF Public Affairs Division

(202) 648-8500

ATF Acting Director, U.S. Virgin Ispands Governor, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Meet In Washington

Washington — ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson today met with U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John deJongh Jr. and Attorney General Vincent Frazer, along with U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands Paul Murphy, to discuss strengthening partnerships and ATF’s future presence and peace officer status in the territory.

“As partners in the fight against violent crime, ATF and leaders of the U.S. Virgin Islands are working through sensitive and complex matters. Today we had a productive conversation about ways to build upon relationships between law enforcement agencies operating in the territory. Ensuring safe and secure communities is the paramount mission of all law enforcement partners. ATF special agents achieving peace officer status in the U.S. Virgin Islands will strengthen those partnerships going forward. Likewise, it will provide confidence and security to our special agents as they fight violence and firearms-related crimes in those communities. Therefore, I am committed to working with the governor and attorney general to restore ATF’s presence in the Virgin Islands,” said ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson.

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