Internal systems of police and prosecutors to be linked

POSTED: 01/20/15 7:24 PM

St. Maarten -A better structure where internal systems are linked  and where up to date information can be easily accessed between departments was high on the agenda during a meeting yesterday of representatives of the Public Prosecutors Office and the police.

“This will allow the Public Prosecutors Office to effectively share correct information to the Receivers Office and other Government Departments that are involved in the collection of unpaid fines,” police public relations officer Ricardo Henson explained.

“With this electronic system it will also be much easier for those persons who do not wish to go to courts to have their fines settled without having to stand in long lines.  The system will also be used effectively at the ports (airport and harbor) where all departing passengers with outstanding fines will be identified and given the opportunity to have their outstanding fines paid,” Henson added.

Once this system is implemented the community will be given all pertinent information regarding it via local media outlets and via social media.

“In addition, the police department has been busy with many traffic controls and will soon receive a list of names of those persons who did not settle their outstanding fines at the Receivers Office.  All these persons should take this information into consideration. Those persons, whose names are registered on the list for outstanding fines, will be dealt with in accordance with the law, one of which is being incarcerated under orders by the Public Prosecutor,” Henson concluded.

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