February 20, 2024  -In collaboration with other Dutch Caribbean islands who are committed to advancing community policing, The Sint Maarten Police Force announces the continuation of a training program designed to bolster the capabilities of a select group of community police officers dedicated to enhancing public safety and fostering community relations.

The Sint Maarten Police Force has embarked on an innovative initiative, collaborating with sister islands across the Dutch Caribbean to engage in this crucial training endeavor.

Through collaboration with the Miami-Dade School of Justice, officers of the different police forces are receiving guidance and mentorship from two0.n experts in the field: Mr. Julio Blanco. and Miss Veronica Gonzalez from the School of Justice.

This initiative was inaugurated in late January, with a preliminary delegation of officers undertaking an exploratory visit to the United States. This initial exposure to concepts such as community policing and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) at the School of Justice laid a foundational framework for the subsequent comprehensive training program currently underway.

Community policing stands as the cornerstone of modern law enforcement, emphasizing the establishment of strong, trusting relationships between officers and the communities they serve. By adopting this philosophy, the officers will not only enhance public safety but also foster a sense of unity and partnership within our neighborhoods.

The Board of Police Chiefs of the Dutch Caribbean has sponsored these initiatives, recognizing the importance of continuously upgrading the skills and knowledge of law enforcement personnel throughout the region. This collaborative effort signifies a shared commitment to excellence in policing and a dedication to serving our communities to the best of our abilities.

As part of this training program, participating officers will soon embark on a journey to the United States in April for the practical component of their education. This hands-on experience will further enrich their understanding and proficiency in community-oriented policing practices.

The Sint Maarten Police Force extends its heartfelt wishes for success to all officers involved in this endeavor. Together, we are shaping a safer, more resilient future for our communities, guided by the principles of integrity, professionalism, and compassion.

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