Public warned against committing offences during carnival season

April 10, 2023  -As in previous years, the Sint Maarten Police Force KPSM and the Prosecutor’s Office OM
SXM issue a stern warning to the public in particular revelers, to avoid committing offenses
and to refrain from disruptive behavior during this carnival season.

The “Pay or Stay” method for anyone caught committing any offence and/or engaging in
disruptive behavior will be applied during this carnival period. “Pay or Stay” means anyone
issued a fine can opt to pay the fine or serve several days in jail. This method will only be
applied to offences for which a fine has been imposed by law.

OM SXM in collaboration with KPSM, has drawn up a transaction fine list related to specific
criminal offences. The purpose of this list is to provide a clear overview of the consequences
of committing these offences.

KPSM and OM SXM continue to stress that committing offences during carnival will be
punished. Police therefore request the public act responsibility during this period and
respect the laws and rules of the country. In this way, together we can ensure that carnival
remains a festive and safe time for everyone.

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