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St. Maarten Police to recruit 100 officers in August

THURSDAY, 11 APRIL 2013

PHILIPSBURG–The Ministry of Justice will launch a recruitment drive in August with the aim of attracting some 100 young men and women to the Police, Customs, Prison and Immigration departments. This recruitment was slated for earlier in the year, but was put on hold to allow the passage of the draft 2013 budget in Parliament.

Justice Minister Roland Duncan told Members of Parliament as the budget debate in the Central Committee continued on Wednesday that this recruitment is another step in strengthening and growing the justice system.

Training for the recruits and salaries will be covered by money remaining from the Dutch funding agency USONA and via surplus the ministry intends to generate as the year progresses, Duncan said.

Other projects to upgrade and increase the capacity of the Police Force have been put on hold until next year. Those projects total some NAf. 2.6 million.

The prison is also seeking personnel at present. Some 66 people are needed. Of that number, 63 need to be prison guards to help with work at the Pointe Blanche House of Detention. The prison was allocated an increase in its budget for 2013. That money will be accessible once the budget is approved by Parliament.

Three National Detectives from Aruba will soon be coming to join the local department. A ministerial decree to that effect was signed by Duncan on Monday.

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