34 new law enforcers for St. Maarten

POSTED: 11/20/14 10:43 PM

GREAT BAY—St. Maarten’s efforts to protect her borders got a boost with the graduation of 34 new law enforcers in the areas of Customs, Immigration and border protection and auxiliary officers.

The cadets graduated on Tuesday with a swearing in ceremony officiated by Justice Minister Dennis Richardson.  There are now 13 new Customs Officers, 15 new immigration and border protection officers and six (6) auxiliary officers from various governmental departments.

Also attending the ceremony was care-taker Prime Minister Sarah Westcott-Williams, Attorney General, Taco Stein, interim secretary general of Justice, Udo Aron, and department heads of the various Justice Departments and family members of the graduates.

The justice minister congratulated the graduates and advised them to carry out their duties in honor and humility while respecting the uniform.  The Minister further instructed them to carry out their duties in the service of the people of St. Maarten, and by extension the government and the Ministry of Justice while reminding them to operate within the confines of the law using persuasion and respectful approach.

He thanked the Justice Academy for the successful training of to date, 135 cadets within the Justice Chain of law enforcement. Since 10.10.10, the Justice sector has been able to offer considerable job opportunities to the young people of St. Maarten.

The Academy was represented by Board members Miguel de Weever and Ademar Doran, the coordinator of the Academy, Richard Straker, staff members and several trainers.

During the ceremonies the art of self- defense was demonstrated by the cadets under supervision of Instructor A. Bell. Swimming instructor Franklyn Carty was also in attendance. Following the ceremony, all graduates were congratulated by those in attendance in an informal reception held at the Belair Community Centre.

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