Operation vigilance begins

POSTED: 11/19/12 2:02 PM

St. Maarten – The police department launched its holiday season project under the name Operation Vigilance 2012 last week. It will continue for some time into the New Year and like the previous years will focus on safety.
“The cruise season has started, the mega yachts are arriving and more flights are landing on Sint Maarten. This holiday season promises to be a very busy one and it will be another major challenge for the police department in combating criminality. There will be many shoppers on the island and also those who are there involved in criminal activity,” the police stated in a press release. The police management and the Community Police Officers have met with other departments like immigration and naturalization, V.K.S., fire department, control unit, ambulance department, and Vromi, as well as with other stakeholders like the Indian Merchant Association, Chinese Association, and the taxi and bus drivers associations, to discuss issues like crime, public order and safety.
The police department will get extra manpower from the V.K.S, Control Unit, and Customs. There will be an increased police patrols on foot, on bicycle and in cars in Philipsburg and surrounding areas, Simpson Bay, Maho Reef, Lowlands and other areas frequently visited by tourists.

There will also be an increase in police patrols in residential areas during the day and at night. There will be road and street closures, traffic diversions and other traffic measures taken, depending on how busy these areas become.

“The goals of this project are to reduce the amount of armed robberies, chain snatchings, business and home break-ins. There will be increases controls in and around hotels and restaurants and many traffic controls.

The police advise drivers to carry their driver’s license at all time and to have all documents for their vehicle in order. Everyone should carry proper identification as well.

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