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Trevor A. Velinor - Police Commissioner

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Having approximately three decades of progressive law enforcement experience, Trevor Velinor was confirmed as the Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Police Department in September 2019. Prior to joining the Virgin Islands Police Department, Mr. Velinor was a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), where he had a wide-range of experiences as an investigative agent, a supervisor, a manager, and an executive.

 

In July 2019, the United States Department of Justice approved Mr. Velinor to serve as the Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Police Department pursuant to an Intergovernmental Personnel Act request from Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, Jr.   At the time of approval, Mr. Velinor fulfilled the role as Deputy Assistant Director for ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations (DAD, OPRSO). He was the principle advisor to the ATF Director in planning, overseeing, and coordinating security and emergency preparedness, inspections, and internal affair activities for the agency.

 From 2016 until being selected to the DAD position, Mr. Velinor served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Columbus Field Division, with operational and regulatory responsibility for Ohio and the southern judicial district of Indiana.

 August 2012 to October 2016, Mr. Velinor was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Tampa Field Division, having responsibility for criminal and regulatory mission. Mr. Velinor was assigned to the Bureau’s Headquarters from July 2008 to August 2012, as a Program Manager in the Legislative Affairs Division and the Liaison Division (Intergovernmental Division). A role allowing him to collaborate with congressional staffers and organizational leaders to educate on ATF related issues. In September 2005, Mr. Velinor was promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge of the Colorado Springs Field Office, with operational responsibility for the southern counties of Colorado until July 2008. On assignment in Houston, TX between June 2001 and September 2005, he functioned as a Senior Special Agent in several groups. Mr. Velinor was recognized for his efforts in conducting domestic and international firearms trafficking investigations during his time in Texas.

 In 1997, Mr. Velinor was assigned as Special Agent in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he was known for both his investigative and outreach efforts. Mr. Velinor was reassigned in 2001.

 Mr. Velinor’s ATF career began in Orlando, Florida, 1990, where his investigative skills were developed. His skills have been evident in various investigations of violent narcotics and firearms trafficking organizations he has conducted.

 A native Virgin Islander, Mr. Velinor has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He served on the executive board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police, and several other organizations. 

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