Police seek aggressive scooter rider and passenger, sternly warn against violence and disruptive behavior on country’s streets https://www.stmaarten.news
Police are calling on the public to help identify a scooter rider and his passenger who were caught on camera assaulting a fellow road user on Union Road in Cole Bay. The video of the attack has been widely circulated via social media and messaging apps. https://www.stmaartennews.org
Police appeal to the public to help identify these two individuals by giving information that can lead to their arrests so they can be held accountable for their actions.
The level of road rage displayed in the video is troubling as well as very worrisome to police as it should also be to the community. This kind of behavior should not be condoned, covered up or allowed to further fester in the community. This very un-St. Maarten-like behavior is destructive to this island’s image as “the Friendly Island”. https://www.sxmgovernment.com
The community should also be cognizant that this now viral video showing the type of behavior as seen in this latest video and others prior to it also have an economic impact. St. Maarten can easily go from being known as a friendly safe place to one where visitors could opt not to visit due to the way residents are perceived to treat each other. https://www.sxmpolice.wordpress.com
This warning comes as police have noted an uptick in road rage, reckless driving, and disruptive behavior on the roads. These behaviors are more and more displayed by scooter riders and vehicle drivers, to the extreme of physical attacks for simple road incidents.
Police strongly warn and discourage reckless behavior in traffic as this can only cause accidents and possible injuries to others on the road.
KPSM will intensified traffic controls and will continue these in the coming weeks to curb irresponsible and dangerous behaviors on the road. Anyone caught will face the legal consequences of their actions.
Anyone with any information about the latest road rage and assault incident or any others is encouraged to call the Police Force on: + 1 721 542 2222, tip line 9300 or emergency 911.
The Police Special Team continue its action to suppress criminal activities in the country. In the week of October 3-7, a total of 140 vehicles controlled; 135 were stopped for having very dark windows.
Thirty-two people loitering in the vicinity of retail stores were checked by the special team in relation to trafficking in narcotics and firearms. A total of 517 grams of marijuana, six grams of hashish and 89 XTC tablets were confiscated from various people.
Special Team members spoke to 10 people about their unruly behavior and three people were arrested on Cay Bay Road, Dominica Drive and L.B. Scot Road respectively. The L.B. Scot Road suspect was arrested for assaulting an officer after the suspect refused to surrender his motorcycle.
Police from both sides of the island will carry out simultaneous operations in the coming weeks.
Motorists are advised to have all required vehicle documents as well as valid identification with them when driving on the road.
During the early morning hours of Friday, June 10, 2022, officers of Major Crimes Unit, together with personnel of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Alpha Team, and the Uniform Division conducted two house searches, under the supervision of the Judge of Instruction in the vicinity of Cole bay.
This house search conducted based on incoming information that narcotics and firearms were reportedly being peddled at these two locations. No drugs or weapons were discovered at the first location, whereas at the second location a large amount of narcotics was found and confiscated, along with a compact automatic assault rifle. As a result of the aforementioned confiscation, a male suspect with the initials A.T.D. was arrested and transferred to the Philipsburg police station by the Major Crimes team where he is being held pending further investigation.
On Thursday, June 9, 2022, several leaders/managers of the Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM and National Detectives received their certificates in Tactical Leadership from the Netherlands Police Academy
The training course, initiated in April 2021, provided insight to the leaders/managers on:
• Collaboratively learning from and with each other in several different leadership styles
• Structurally working together with all partners in the judicial chain (National Police , Communication department, Uniform Division and Criminal Investigation Department )
• Identifying and addressing security problem in a sustainable way with internal and external partners
• Providing advice and steering and clearly indicating where the differences are as managers.
• Putting in place a multi-year personnel development and empowerment
• Showing your vulnerability at the same time learning about yourself as a person and leader. • Not only learning through knowledge but also through stopping and reflecting on the reasons why you do things the way you do.
Key values of the training course were regulation based and value based management. The management of KPSM thanks NPA instructors/coordinators, the Board of Chiefs of Police and the Minister of Justice for their contribution to this important leadership course.
His fellow officers along with members of the Nagico insurance company came together to express their gratitude to Sgt, R Coutar for all what he had done for the traffic department and St. Maarten in general.
The management team of KPSM wishes Mr. R.Coutar all the best in his new career.
on Tuesday morning may 31st 2022. This information was given as part of the final exam on the subject of “Traffic” for the Oranje school. The management of the Sint Maarten Police Force would like to thank the Oranje School for their invitation and simultaneously, like to mention that this type of information sessions will be provided in the future to all primary schools who request it.
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
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:
Aruba Correctional Institution (KIA) Noord (Shaba), San Nicolas and Santa Cruz Police Stations Dakota Immigration Detention Facility Curaçao:
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.
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.
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)
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 http://www.policesxm.sx or via private message on Facebook page: Police Force of Sint Maarten – Korps Politie Sint Maarten.
E.B.L. is suspected of smuggling a group of migrants by boat from St. Maarten with destination the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) under the cover of night in a Sint Maarten-registered boat. This is not the suspected human smuggler’s first incident. He has already been convicted twice for human smuggling.
On the French side of the island, E.B.L. was convicted to three years’ imprisonment for human smuggling in 2019. This sentence pertained to an incident in 2013 in which a number of people died by drowning en route from the French side of the island to USVI/BVI.
Human smuggling is providing people with assistance and transport for the purpose of smuggling them over a border. Human smugglers take advantage of migrants’ desperation, charging them huge sums of money to smuggle them out of or into Sint Maarten or other Caribbean islands. Migrants’ lives and health are often put at risk in the process.
Human smuggling is not only transporting people across the border, but also assisting them with staying in a country without the proper resident papers and includes housing them, giving them a job etc. while knowing they are not documented to be in the country.
Human smuggling is not the same as human trafficking, though they do occur in combination. Here are two important differences: In the case of human smuggling, migrants consciously choose to deal with a smuggler. They do not know whether the smuggler will treat them badly. In the case of human trafficking, people are forced to work or to perform sexual or other acts. The aim of human trafficking is to exploit people. People smuggling always involves the transport of migrants over the border to another country. But human trafficking can also take place within a country’s borders without (prior) movement over a border.
The search stemmed from an ongoing criminal investigation in which officers became aware that residents of a Cole Bay residence were allegedly in possession of firearms and other illegal items. The search yielded the firearm and forged documents among other items.
Over the weekend the St. Maarten police were busy conducting regular traffic controls throughout the areas of Cole Bay, Simpson bay and Cope-Coy, to ensure a high level of traffic safety.
During the controls that were held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the following results were achieved: In all, 42 vehicles were stopped and controlled. 14 fines were issued for a range of offences.
There was one suspect arrested by the patrol in connection with an incident at the Richmond drive in Cole-bay. The suspect was later turned over to immigration for failure to provide a valid residence permit.
KPSM will be continuously carrying out these controls, due to the fact that some road users are not respecting nor obeying traffic regulations of Sint Maarten. Their behavior have become a nuisance to the community and, more important, it endangers the lives of others.
Originally posted on St Maarten News: 3 New Videos Gendarmes Make Arrest – St Maarten News https://stmaartennews.org/3-new-videos-gendarmes-make-arrest/ RIP Bernard MAES Lieutenant firefighter, former head fire/rescue la Savane in Saint-Martin