No criminal charges against police officer | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–The Prosecutor’s Office St. Maarten OM SXM said in a statement on Wednesday that it will not press charges against Police Constable R. following a fact-finding investigation executed by the National Detectives (“Landsrecherche”).

  The investigation was in response to reports and complaints about the officer’s conduct towards some of his colleagues at the St. Maarten Police Force KPSM.

  “The fact-finding investigation called ‘Oleander’ has found insufficient evidence to qualify the officer’s actions as criminal offences. Based on the findings, the complainants, whose reports were the catalyst for the fact-finding investigation, have been informed of the outcome by OM SXM,” the Prosecutor’s Office said.

  While no criminal charges will be filed, the Prosecutor’s Office, via the Attorney General, has urged the St. Maarten Police Force to take necessary disciplinary actions, “as the behaviour of the officer should not go unchecked or unaddressed.”

Source: The Daily Herald


  1. The background of this disputable decision is of course the fact that there are too many police officers for whom the boundaries of what’s inside or outside the law have blurred during the years. There is not much difference between the policies of the prosecutors office and the police force, so the people see them as one entity.
    Not helping very much is the already proven existence of corruption within the political gremia and the government departments and businesses.
    And so, what was once the independence of the three forces, based on the trias politica, is not working on our island.
    And that means that once one has powers, he or she will defend it with all means. Thus killing democracy and justice.