Law Enforcement Council presents recommendations 

POSTED: 10/9/15 12:21 PM


Law enforcement councilwwwFrom left: Lixzandra Marquez, Inspector of the Council – section St. Maarten; Dennis Richardson, Minister of Justice; Franklyn Richards, Chairperson of the Council; Gerard van Voorst, Chief Inspectorate of the Council – section St. Maarten. Photo contributed

St. Maarten – The Law Enforcement Council has made ten recommendations about the public prosecutor’s office, the National Detective Agency and the police force. The recommendations are listed in a report submitted by the council’s chairman, Franklyn Richards to minister of Justice Dennis Richardson.

The Council recommends looking into the specific capabilities within both the country of St. Maarten and in the Kingdom, to enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement.

Four recommendations pertain to the National Detective Agency, for which the council advises the minister to formulate a general political and administrative policy, to ensure capacity is in accordance with the staffing plan, to implement a process monitoring system and to put the improvement plan in place.

The council advises the minister to encourage the prosecutor’s office to treat criminal cases within a reasonable period of time, and as soon as possible, take a decision to prosecute. A more proactive communication practice and a clear communication policy are two other recommendations.

The council recommends the development of a human resource policy in cooperation with the prosecutor’s office in the Netherlands tailored to St. Maarten’s needs that focuse on the benefits of efficiency, continuity and expertise. The last recommendations is to modernize the process monitoring system (PRIEM) and pursue meeting the applicable conditions for the granting of outgoing requests for assistance in law enforcement within the Kingdom.

The recommendations were reached at as a result of recent investigations conducted by the Law Enforcement Council. The minister of justice asked in September 2014 for an investigation into the Public Prosecutor’s Office after the Court in First Instance used the term “semblance of class justice” to declare the prosecution inadmissible in the election fraud case. In May, the Court of Appeal overturned this judgment. .

A comprehensive version of the report is available online at

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