From left: Patrick Drijvers and Veronica Jansen-Webster representing GEBE, Police Chief Carl John, Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout and Paul Brown (IT) representing the Police Force.
PHILIPSBURG–Streetlights in identified communities will soon be equipped with security surveillance cameras thanks to a collaboration of the St. Maarten Police Force KPSM; Department of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure VROMI and utilities company GEBE.
Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a statement on Wednesday that the three partners have come to an agreement to install “Community Safety Streetlights” equipped with digital surveillance cameras. The cameras will enable the Camera Surveillance Centre operated and managed by the Police Force to monitor and operate the cameras in real time. They are also expected to assist the police in quickly identifying and resolving unlawful activities.
“KPSM applauds this collaboration with GEBE, which will serve as part of the first stage in the expansion of the present camera observation project. This initiative will definitely serve as a great addition to the camera project, which has proven to be very successful,” Henson said in the release.
“Taking privacy laws into account, all images captured and gathered by these cameras for legal purposes will be managed and stored solely by KPSM at the Camera Surveillance Centre and will fall totally under the responsibility of the Chief of Police [Carl John – Ed.]. KPSM is proud and happy with the progress and completion of this pilot project in the district of Belvedere.”
Henson said GEBE’s goal is to provide clearer, more reliable and energy-efficient streetlights for the entire community of St. Maarten, while the police will be able to monitor any illegal activities in these areas.
“As this project continues, KPSM, VROMI and NV GEBE will work in close contact with each other to determine the next areas for streetlight placement. The placement of Community Safety Streetlights will definitely improve the safety and security in all communities as St. Maarten moves forward after the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” he said.