Retired New Haven Police Captain Patricia Helliger makes a point during her meeting regarding the bike donation to Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever, Chief of Police Carl John and Assistant Chief of Police Benjamin Gout on Monday.
PHILIPSBURG–Retired New Haven Police Captain Patricia Helliger plans to donate seven bikes to the Police Force Bike Patrol, she announced to Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever, Chief of Police Carl John and Assistant Chief of Police Benjamin Gout on Monday.
“I am very grateful to Ms. Helliger, a daughter of the soil, for the donation she is making to the Police Force. The Bike Patrol can definitely use these additional bikes,” said De Weever.
Helliger, originally from St. Maarten, moved to the United States at a young age and made history in 2016 as the first black female police captain in New Haven.
She also organised community outreach programmes for years. She put together toys, food and coat drives for needy families, and she coordinated visits to city schools by police officers from foreign countries, as a way to familiarise students with the diversity on the force. Most recently, she paired senior citizens with neighbours who could check in on them.
After the devastation that Hurricane Irma brought to St. Maarten and the loss of her mother that Helliger suffered due to the storm, she felt motivated to give back.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87484-retired-new-haven-captain-to-donate-7-bikes-to-police