Police continue basic training programme

Chief Inspector Rob Appelhof from the Police Academy in the Netherlands.


PHILIPSBURG–The Basic Police Training BPO for recruits was restarted by police recently.

According to police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson, the training programme for 22 recruits was postponed last year due to the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The programme is being handled by Chief Inspector Rob Appelhof from the Police Academy in the Netherlands. Appelhof is in charge of police training for the Dutch Caribbean and arrived on-island last week to restart the training. He travels to St. Maarten regularly on work-related visits and was on-island during the passing of Hurricane Irma. He commends the Police Force for a job well done in the aftermath of the hurricane.

The police training school, which was located in the former BBW building in Sucker Garden, was destroyed by the hurricanes. New arrangements had to be made for a training location. Classrooms at University of St. Martin are now being used as a temporary location to get the training back on track.

“Many of the recruits, who had not finalised the exams in certain subjects of the last module, both practical and theoretical, have had the opportunity to pass these exams. All classes for this training have resumed, which is also part of the continued building of a strong professional police organisation.

“A second and third class for the Basic Police Training will commence during the second half of 2018,” said Henson.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73562-police-continue-basic-training-programme