Association thankful for increased presence

POSTED: 02/23/12 2:20 PM

GREAT BAY – The St Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) thanks the police force of St. Maarten for increasing the police presence in the Simpson Bay area. The association has noticed a consistent increased presence of patrol officers in cars and on bicycles of late.

“The increased police presence is a deterrent to those considering committing crime and the response time when it does occur is lessened by having more police in the area; providing peace of mind for tourists and residents alike,” a release from the association states.

The yachting industry was negatively affected by a series of crimes last season. Those incidents led to several meetings with the police and promises were made to improve presence.

“We commend them for following through especially with the bike patrol concept as traffic in the area can be heavy at times. Using a bicycle allows the police more flexibility of movement and also more opportunity to survey the surrounding area as they pass. We would also like to commend the police force for capturing the culprits of the most serious crimes and that those apprehended were convicted with heaviest penalties allowable,” the association’s release states.

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