St. Maarten Law enforcement welcomes 73 new officers

POSTED: 12/20/11 5:12 PM

The bar in front of the Cultural Center was packed with new recruits last night.

St. Maarten – Law enforcement in St. Maarten became a better place yesterday when 73 recruits were sworn in at a ceremony at the Cultural Center on Back Street in the presence of Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Attorney General Dick Piar. Also in attention were acting Chief Commissioner Carl John, and prison director Rudsel Ricardo.

The recruits, who completed the basic police skills training Bavpol, will be placed at the police force, the prison, customs and immigration.
Police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson read the oath in Dutch and then in English to the recruits, before they were individually called forward to swear or promise on the oath in front of Justice Minister Duncan.
With the expansion, law enforcement is finally on its way towards its desired operational strength. Last year in July, Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte said that the force would expand from 184 to 254 personnel by the end of this year. In the next couple of years the police force alone has to grow further to its full operational strength of 390 personnel.
Inspector Henson described yesterday’s swearing in ceremony of so many new officers as “a historical event.

New customs officers pose with Justice Minister Roland Duncan.
The new prison guards pose for a picture with prison director Rudsel Ricardo
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