State law authorizes the placement of local law enforcement or security personnel on school campuses through MOUs or partnership agreements.
3 V.I.C. § 262 Bureau of School Security
(a) There is established within the Department, Police Division, a Bureau of School Security, in the District of St. Thomas/St. John and in the District of St. Croix. The Bureau shall be headed by a Commander, who shall be a ranking police officer.
(b) The Commander shall perform such functions as may be prescribed by the Chief of Police. The Commander shall have the power and it shall be the duty of the Commander to implement, administer, supervise, and coordinate all programs and policies to ensure adequate protection of all public school buildings, property, students, personnel, and equipment. The Commander shall perform all duties in cooperation with the Commissioner of the Department of Education and shall establish a liaison within the Department of Education to carry out the provisions of this section.
(c) The Commander shall report on the preparation of the annual budget and on detailed information on the future needs and past accomplishments of the Bureau of School Security. Such report shall be submitted to the Commissioners of Education and Police, with a joint report forwarded to the Governor by the Commissioners, not later than February 1 of each year. The Commissioner of Police shall, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education and in the manner prescribed by law, promulgate rules and regulations for the proper administration of the Bureau of School Security.
(d) The Commander shall provide twenty-four hour security services for each public high school and each public junior high school in the Territory. The Commander shall provide such other appropriate security measures for the various other schools, property, personnel, and equipment in consultation with the Commissioner of Education.
(e) The Commissioner of Police, in consultation with the Department of Education, may utilize security guard services of private companies to supplement the Bureau of School Security.