Interpol’s Secretary General full of praise for St. Maarten

POSTED: 04/12/12 12:37 PM

(left to right) Chief Police Commissioner Peter de Witte, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot Williams, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and the country’s national Interpol representative. (DCOMM Photo)

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell received Secretary General of the International Police (Interpol) Ronald K. Noble on Wednesday. The meeting with the ministers was in the Prime Minister’s office at the Government Administration Building and the meeting with Arrindell was at the Parliament building. Noble used the opportunity of each visit to present commemorative medals minted especially for the organization by the National Bank of Ukraine in 2011 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Interpol’s actions during the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Noble also signed the guest book at the parliament building.
Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. The organization’s role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Interpol makes use of high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support which helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.
“Secretary General Noble was impressed with the parliament organization and he stressed the importance of St. Maarten being a member of Interpol as a new country. He pointed out that there are many benefits for the country, and he was full of praise for our national police force under the leadership of Police Commissioner Peter de Witte and the management team, and for the excellent work that the management team of the police force did in order for the country to join Interpol, a critically important international police organization,” Arrindell said.
“I also appreciated the high words of praise and appreciation the Interpol Secretary General expressed towards the Ministry of Justice in general. I thanked him for those high words of praise. I believe our men and women in the judicial and police organization deserve all the support and encouragement to make our country safe for residents and visitors alike.
“I must state that as a young country, St. Maarten was unanimously accepted as a member of Interpol. Our law enforcement agencies are further strengthened by having this bond and relationship with this international organization and it sends a strong message to organized crime and internationally linked groups that country St. Maarten will utilize local and international law enforcement contacts to defend its people and its borders against organized crime,” Arrindell added.
On his turn Noble expressed his appreciation for the overall manner in which he was received and treated on his first official visit. He also invited Arrindell to visit Interpol’s office in France during her working visit to the Netherlands in June.

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