Senator Kenneth E. Gittens

gittens-kennethSenator Kenneth L. Gittens, better known as “Kenny”, was born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands of the United States on June 3rd,
to Doris L. (Williams) Joseph (deceased) of St. Thomas and KeithR. Gittens, Sr. (deceased) of St. Croix. Senator Gittens is a proud product of the Virgin Islands public school system. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) in November of 1990 and retired in July 2011.

In 2000, he received an Associate’s of Science in Police Science and Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Continuing his educational pursuits, he obtained
a Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the Columbia Southern University in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

Senator Gittens has an immense interest and admiration for his profession of more than 20 years in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. During the years of his profession, he hasdiligently served in various capacities within the Virgin Islands Police Department, ranging from Police Cadet to Police Lieutenant, and also in various positions within the VIPD, such as: 1st Director of Executive Security Unit, Acting Police Inspector, and Special Assistant to the Police Commissioner. After retiring from the VIPD, and prior to becoming a 1st term senator, he joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and was assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a federal Fraud/ Internal Investigator.

Senator Gittens served as a freshman senator in the 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, January 2013 through January 2015. As a member of the Democratic majority, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety. Senator Gittens also served as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Health, Hospitals, Human Services & Veterans’ Affairs, a member of the Committee on Rules & Judiciary and the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth & Recreation. Senator Gittens was also appointed Senate Liaison to the White House and served as the Legislature’s representative to the Virgin Islands State Council of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ). During his tenure he participated in the Office of the Territorial Public Defender’s Youth Apprenticeship Program as a mentor.

Senator Gittens is an active member of the Retired V.I. Law Enforcement Officers Organization, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Law Enforcement Explorers, Gentlemen of Jones Inc., and had prior relationships with the following organizations: Cub Scouts of America, Boys Scouts of America, Law Enforcement Supervisors Union, Peace Officer Standard Training (POST) Council and the St. Croix Festival Committee Inc.

Senator Gittens has one daughter, Shonneth, and is an active member of the Friedensberg Moravian Church.