St. Maarten hosts joint para-military training in 2014POSTED: 07/27/12 12:23 PM
St. Maarten – Members of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) have returned from a successful training exercise week in Curaçao. The group, under the leadership of 1st Lt. Alain Richardson, was stationed at the military barracks in Suffisant. From there they engaged in a series of military trainings together with the members of sister organization Voluntary Corps of Curacao (VKC).
The program consisted of various exercises, some of which were rigorous and or adventurous. The group went hiking and was trained in how to subdue a riot in a prison environment. A scenario was also devised where a roadblock needed to be set up and suspects had to be apprehended in a vehicle. Curaçao’s country side was the site for hill climbing, practicing abseiling and for working on using a raft. Shooting techniques and target practice were part of the program as well. The week concluded with various practical police skills and a farewell party at the VKC barracks in Suffisant that was aimed at further enhancing cooperation between the two organizations.
A group of VKC members came to St. Maarten for a similar training week in 2010. It is the intention of both organizations to maintain this tradition for the years to come. The VKS will therefore host the next joint training exercise in the summer of 2014. In this fashion the members can engage in mutual trainings, as well as get to know each other better. The trainings allow participants to work together on the disaster response if one force requests assistance from the other.