Published On: Sun, Nov 17th, 2019

Geerling opened Police Academy and swore in two cadets

New class of police cadets started

PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Justice, Honorable Mr. Perry Geerling opens a new class of police cadets has started on Friday 15th, where 21 cadets will be training, and swore in two new members to the St. Maarten Police force.

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The Minister of Justice, Honorable Mr. Perry Geerlings opened the Basic Police Training “BPO” class of new police recruits on Friday morning November 15th, 2019. The new class of 21 cadets will be having their training at the Vineyard Building in Philipsburg.

This training program is again being handled by Chief Inspector Rob Appelhof from the Police Academy in the Netherlands, who managed the last BPO class that graduated a few months ago. Mr. Appelhof is in charge of police training for the Dutch Caribbean.

Through the great collaboration between the minister of Justice, the Honorable Mr. Perry Geerlings, the police force of St. Maarten and the Police Academy of the Netherlands it was possible to recruit and hire a new group of cadets in a very short time for this new class.

One important aspect that is taken up during this academic training is that teachers from the police academy will be working with teachers from St. Maarten to implement the education program. During the training, the cadets will alternate, with a period of time at school, then immediately apply what they have learned in practice. The practical part of the training will then conclude a period of different exams.

Among other things, the cadet will learn during the training, how to supervise, enforce the various laws and workplace investigations. After this intensive training, the rookies will be ready to fulfill the police tasks on St.Maarten.

The police force will like to thank all does who made possible for the class of new cadets to start on such short notice.

supermarket armed robberiesPolice seeks community assistance to locate the suspect in armed robbery investigation.
In connection with the ongoing investigation into two supermarket armed robberies which took place on September 11th, 2019 at Chinese supermarkets, the police department is again requesting cooperation from the community to help locate a suspect in this investigation.

The first robbery took place on Cannegieter Street at approximately 11.30 am. The two suspects entered the establishment and under threat of a knife-robber the cashier of the cash. After committing their act, the suspects ran away in an unknown direction. Later in the day, about12.30 pm, the police patrol was sent to A.Th. Illidge road for a robbery that took place on another Chinese supermarket.

One of the robbers had a mask over his face and was armed with a knife. After robbing the cashier, both suspects ran in the direction of Madame Estate. The SUR is requesting any information from persons who may have seen or recognize the suspect in the photo, connected to this investigation to share this information with the investigating Detectives.

It is only with the help of the community that together we can solve many of these cases. The detectives can be contacted via phone at 542-2222 ext 203 204 205, the anonymous tip line # 9300 or persons with information can also send a private message via our Facebook Page- Police Force of Sint Maarten – Korps Politie Sint Maarten or website https://www.policesxm.sx/ 24/7.

Two new KPSM police personnel sworn
On Friday afternoon November the 15th 2019, Minister of justice the Honorable Mr. Perry Geerlings, swore in two new members to the St.Maarten Police force. Miss Melissa Harriganen and Miss Jenny Kirindogo, who are no stranger to the St.Maarten police will be taken up position in the detective department and Immigration and Border control respectively. The management team of the police wishes both women all the best in their new endeavors at KPSM.
Two new KPSM police personnel sworn