Monthly Archives: May 2022

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visited St Maarten

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visited St Maarten

A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a 16-day-visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 10 to 25 May 2022. The visit concerned the European part of the Kingdom, as well as Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. It was the Committee’s seventh periodic visit to the Kingdom.
In the course of the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and it examined the treatment of persons in prison and their conditions of detention. The delegation also visited the extra-security facility (EBI) at Vught Prison and two departments holding persons on terrorist offences (TA). Further, several immigration detention facilities were visited to examine the situation of persons deprived of their liberty under aliens legislation. Particular attention was paid during the visit to the measures taken by the competent authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits.

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visited St Maarten

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visited St Maarten

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation held consultations with Dick Schoof, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice and Security (The Hague), Rocco G. Tjon, Minister of Justice and Social Affairs of Aruba, Shalten Hato, Minister of Justice of Curaçao and Anna E. Richardson, Minister of Justice of Sint Maarten, as well as senior officials from relevant ministries and services.

The delegation also met Reinier van Zutphen, the National Ombudsman, as well as representatives of the National Preventive Mechanism, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, the Law Enforcement Council, the Netherlands Bar Association and non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the authorities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

Hans Wolff, 1st Vice-President of the CPT (Head of Delegation)
Judith Öhri
Helena Papa
Arman Tatoyan
Gunda Wössner.
They were supported by Petr Hnátík and Sebastian Rietz of the Committee’s Secretariat, and assisted by three experts: Hindpal Singh Bhui, Team Leader (immigration detention) at HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (United Kingdom), James Jesse Hard, General Practitioner working in prisons in Wales (United Kingdom), and Tinatin Uplisashvili, Lawyer (Georgia).

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

The Kingdom in Europe:

Amsterdam City Police Station (Elandsgracht)
Amsterdam South Police Station (Flierbosdreef)
Dordrecht Police Station
‘s-Hertogenbosch Police Station

Dordrecht Prison
Vught Prison
Zwolle Prison (targeted visit to the Terrorist department (TA))

Closed Family Facility (GGV) at Zeist Immigration Detention Centre
Schiphol Immigration Detention Centre (Amsterdam)
Rotterdam Immigration Detention Centre

Aruba Correctional Institution (KIA)
Noord (Shaba), San Nicolas and Santa Cruz Police Stations
Dakota Immigration Detention Facility

Centre for Detention and Correction Curaçao (SDKK)
Barber and Rio Canario Police Stations, as well as the police detention facility located at SDKK premises
“Illegalen Barakken” Immigration Detention Facility
Sint Maarten:

“Point Blanche” Prison
Philipsburg Police Station
Simpson Bay Immigration Detention Facility.

KPSM Completes Training Dutch St Maarten Latest News

KPSM Completes Training Dutch St Maarten Latest News

KPSM Completes Training Dutch St Maarten Latest News

KPSM personnel complete training sessions
Several team members of the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM and several justice partners have recently completed a number of training and upgrading courses.

KPSM Completes Training Dutch St Maarten Latest News

The courses covered leadership V.K.L., Crisis Management Training S.G.B.O., and Large-Scale Operation Training (T.G.O)

and Basic Analysis Course B.C.A. KPSM Management congratulates all personnel for successfully completing these courses.

KPSM Completes Training Dutch St Maarten Latest News

In the 2022-year plan of KPSM, training and upgrading of the police personnel are listed as fundamental goals. These are vital for the further development and improvement of the service to the community. (KPSM)

Joran van der Sloot risks an extra 18 years in prison. Aruba

Joran van der Sloot risks an extra 18 years in prison.

He is already serving a 28-year sentence for murder in Peru. He is now on trial for cocaine smuggling. He would have smuggled these in and out of prison. Since 2005, Van der Sloot has been constantly getting into trouble. Van der Sloot first made the news in 2005. He is the last person to have seen American Natalee Holloway alive. He was arrested and questioned several times as a suspect. Yet he is not convicted, because there is not enough evidence. In 2012, Van der Sloot confessed that he murdered Peruvian Stephany Flores. He is still serving this sentence in Peru. But now there’s a new charge against him. In the prison where he is, he is the head of a smuggling gang. The cocaine was brought into the prison by a friend of the Dutchman. He distributed these in prison.

Joran van der Sloot risks an extra 18 years in prison.

One suspect arrested in Back Street shooting investigation

One suspect arrested in Back Street shooting investigation

Police have made one arrest in the ongoing investigation into the May 16 fatal shooting on Back Street that claimed the life of a young man with initials B.C.

The suspect with initials S.V. was arrested on Wednesday, May 18, by detectives of the Major Crimes Unit of Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM.

Immediately following his arrest, the suspect’s home was searched by police in the presence of the prosecutor. The search was conducted with the permission from the instructing judge. Several items were confiscated by police from the home for further investigation.

The suspect remains in police custody.

Further arrests in this ongoing investigation are not ruled out by police.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged by detectives to contact KPSM on +1 721 542 2222 ext. 204 or 205 or the free anonymous tip line 9300. Crimes may also be reported anonymously via the tip contact form available on or via private message on Facebook page: Police Force of Sint Maarten – Korps Politie Sint Maarten.

Youth Brigade graduation  ceremony held on May 20th 2022

Witnessing the Youth Brigade graduation  ceremony held on May 20th 2022, the police force of Sint Maarten will like to recognize the importance of these local organizations.

Mits the graduates of the youth group,
The police  recognize one of their own, police cadet’s  standing  proud holding the flag.
Thank you KPSM rookie officer F. RICHARDSON. 
Congratulations to the Sint Maarten  youth Brigade, you make Sint Maarten  proud.