Law enforcement officials in action during a recent joint control in St. Maarten. (File photo)
PHILIPSBURG–The joint controls between law enforcement departments of the French and Dutch sides of the island consisting of Gendarmes, Customs, the Voluntary Corps St. Maarten VKS, Royal Dutch Marechausee and St. Maarten Police Force KPSM continued Thursday through Saturday last week.
The traffic controls started at 10:00pm Thursday and lasted until 1:30am Friday. These controls were held simultaneously at four different border-crossing locations and yielded the following results, according to police on Sunday.
A total of 67 vehicles were controlled, 19 fines were given, eight vehicles were towed due to the lack of vehicle insurance and tint was removed from 19 vehicles. Six persons were arrested, four in connection with their legal status on the island, one for compulsory identification and one for public intoxication.
The controls continued from 10:00pm Friday until 6:00am Saturday. At total of 47 vehicles were stopped, seven vehicles were towed, six fines were issued, tint was removed from seven vehicles and five persons were arrested in connection with their illegal status on the island.
Police said these controls will continue as the working relation and cooperation between the French and Dutch law enforcement departments continues to develop.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/79505-french-and-dutch-joint-controls-yield-more-results