PHILIPSBURG–The joint taskforce consisting of members representing the police forces from Aruba and Curacao, the Royal Marechaussee, the V.K.S. and the Customs Department under the leadership of the Police Force on the island continue to work diligently to maintain the safety and security situation on the Dutch side of the island totally under control.
Joint patrols continue to carry out general controls and other safety and security checks continue to take place on a 24-hour basis, Stated Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson in a press release.
Police also continue to monitor the situation at all water and supplies distribution locations to make sure that this process takes place safe and without incident. Thus far no incidents have been reported. Gasoline stations and other businesses are gradually reopening to the public and are also being monitored by police.
“The curfew that was issued by Prime Minister William Marlin is being strictly enforced and those in violation of the curfew are being arrested and put through the judicial process,” Henson said. “On Thursday, eight persons were arrested by police, seven of which were for violating the curfew and one for another offense. All suspects were brought to the Philipsburg Police headquarters where they were held during the night. These suspects faced the Prosecutor on Friday who decided how this case will be handled further.
The controls will continue indefinitely.