SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Acting Minister of Justice, Hon. Perry Geelings opened the Basic Police Training “BPO” class of new police recruits on Friday morning November 15th, 2019, the police announced in a statement on Sunday. The new class of 21 cadets will be having their training at the Vineyard Building in Philipsburg.
This training program is again being handled by Chief Inspector Rob Appelhof from the Police Academy in the Netherlands, who managed the last BPO class that graduated a few months ago. Appelhof is in charge of police training for the Dutch Caribbean.
Through the great collaboration between the Acting Minister of Justice, the Hon. Perry Geelings, the police force of Sint Maarten and the Police Academy of the Netherlands, it was possible to recruit and hire a new group of cadets in a very short time for this new class.
One important aspect that is taken up during this academic training is that teachers from the police academy will be working with teachers from Sint Maarten to implement the education program.
During the training the cadets will alternate, with a period of time at school, then immediately apply what they have learned in practice. The practical part of the training will then conclude with a period of different exams.
Among other things, the cadet will learn during the training, how to supervise, enforce the various laws and work investigations. After this intensive training, the rookies will be ready to fulfill the police tasks on Sint Maarten.
The police force would like to thank all those who made it possible for the class of new cadets to start on such short notice, the police statement concludes. (Sint Maarten Police Force)