Arrindell stresses continued buildup after Interpol visit

POSTED: 07/12/12 11:57 AM
(Left to right) Minister of Justice Hon. Roland Duncan, Interpol’s Secretary General Ronald Noble and President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell at Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France. (Interpol photo)

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell said a working visit she and Justice Minister Roland Duncan did to the International Police Organization’s Interpol’s head office in Lyon, France has emphasized the need to “stay on course and follow up with the action plans as discussed at the seminar held earlier this year on St. Maarten.” Arrindell made the working visit on invitation from Interpol’s Secretary General Ronald Noble.
“While our delegation greatly appreciated the time and information provided, it is evident that concrete steps will have to follow at our home base from our respective jurisdictions. We have made great strides since becoming a country as well as being a recent member of Interpol. Yet we must recognize that St. Maarten is still at its ‘infancy’ of building a firm and solid organization, and human resource basis in several areas, including in the area of law enforcement and law enactment for the safety and security of our country,” Arrindell said on Wednesday from Lyon, France.
Later she’d add, “The opportunities for mutual beneficial cooperation between this highly effective, managed global entity are clear and present. It’s up to us as a country to step up to the plate and do our share to the benefit of our citizens and visitors alike. We thank Secretary General Ronald Noble for his vision and continued invaluable support in these endeavors.”

Assistant Director of Interpol’s Command and Coordination Center Emanuel Leclaire (right) gives Justice Minister Roland Duncan (left) and President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell an explanation of how the center works during their visit earlier in the week. (Interpol photo)

Arrindell and Duncan met key management staff during their visit and got overviews of present and near future action plans from Executive Director of Police Services Jean -Michel Louboutin, Assistant Director, Sub Directorate for America Rosinete de Santana Barbosa and Executive Director of Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation Noboru Nakatani. The delegation also visited and received a presentation about the Command and Coordination Center from the center’s Assistant Director Emanuel Leclaire.

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