Senator Oakland Benta was born in St. John’s Antigua on August 20, 1963. At the age of two, Oakland and his brother, Dave Benta, emigrated from Antigua to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands with their mother, Yvonne Amelia Miller (deceased). Oakland and Dave were raised by Yvonne and her husband, Frank Miller (deceased), in Estate Campo Rico.
At the age of ten Oakland was encouraged by Mr. Glenn “Butcher” Brown, to join the Police Pre-Cadet Program. Soon after graduating from St. Croix Central High School, Oakland joined the Virgin Islands Police Department in 1984. During his more than 20-year career, he served in a wide variety of capacities, including Patrol Division, specialized units, supervisory and investigatory positions, director of Training Bureau, and director of Governor Security Detail.
In 1998, Oakland took a leave of absence from the Virgin Islands Police Department to join Ecom ICC-LLC where he filled the position of director of security, and later vice president of Foreign Affairs. As the director, Oakland travelled extensively, locally, nationally, and internationally and forged relationships with government and organizational leaders to accomplish the goals and objectives of the company. He later returned to the Virgin Islands Police Department in 2008, and served as special assistant to the Police Commissioner, director of Training Bureau and notably, Chief of Police for the St. Croix District.
Oakland is married to Mirrett, and is a proud father of six to Latihma, Lariano, Anthony, Miyoko, Yemaya and Oakland, Jr..
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