Dutch police sworn in on St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG—An additional 47 police officers from the Netherlands arrived on the island last weekend.

Some 8 officers from the BES-islands (Caribisch Nederland) and 13 from Curacao also arrived to assist the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) in collaboration with police forces from Aruba, the Royal Marechausse, the Customs Department, VKS and the Dutch Marines in helping country Sint Maarten get back on track after the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Irma.

On Saturday, all officers from the Netherlands were sworn at Divi Little Bay Beach Hotel by Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman in the presence of the Chief of Police Carl John. The minister welcomed the officers and told them that there is a lot of work to be done and he is confident that with their assistance the security operations will be successful as the island braces itself for the passing of hurricane Maria.

They will assist in various assigned tasks including combating any violations of the curfew, dealing with looters and mainly providing safety and security to the entire community. A “Zero Tolerance” policy is in place.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/69484-dutch-police-sworn-in-on-st-maarten