Results approach for combating armed robberies are alarming

POSTED: 12/29/15 5:39 PM


St. Maarten – With robberies having become more frequent on St. Maarten, the Law Enforcement Council has investigated the approach used by law enforcement to curb the number of these crime incidents. With this in mind, the council has made eight recommendations pertaining to the police force and the public prosecutor’s office. They are contained in a report recently submitted by the council’s chairman, Franklyn Richards to the minister of justice of St. Maarten, Richard Gibson Sr.

Due to its high impact nature, robberies are prioritized in the investigation phase. Prioritization means that all robberies have to be investigated. For this, the police force has set up the Special Robberies Unit. The Council concludes that what was intended with the prioritization of robberies is not feasible, with the present situation. The Council therefore encourages the police and the public prosecutor’s office to carry out more control over the current prioritization process.

The council further notes that despite great efforts made, the results of the approach used to combat robberies are alarming. This is of concern to the council, as it relates to essential and necessary conditions.

Seven recommendations made to the justice minister concern the police force and are aimed at aiding the specific approach used to combat robberies.

Three of those recommendations address the lack of basic resources, such as computer hard drives, laptops, official police cars, capacity and analysts.

The current approach used by the Special Robberies Unit needs to be evaluated while it is additionally recommended to review how this approach can be improved.

The council considers it important for the police force to introduce a better registration system of robberies reported, to obtain further understanding of the nature and extent of the crime. This while keeping these files updated, all the time. The council is moreover of the opinion that training needs to be available to those members of the Special Robberies Unit that have not been able to follow a specific course.

Keeping in mind that prevention is better than cure, the methodology used to combat robberies not only needs a repressive approach but also a preventive one, notes the council.

Particularly where the participation of the business sector is concerned, St. Maarten still has to make considerable strides, taking into consideration that prevention requires a combined approach. It should be one where the government, the business sector and the community of St. Maarten closely work together and in which everyone assumes their responsibilities.

Pursuant to the Kingdom Act on the Law Enforcement Council, the Minister of Justice will be given the opportunity to send the relevant advices of the Council to Parliament within six weeks, along with his policy response.

The report will be available for downloading at, after six weeks.

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  1. Watcher says:

    First thing to do is weed out the bad influences, people etc within the police force.

    Over 20 years ago a proposal was made to the SXM Police Force to implement a crime database system which would be accessible IN VEHICLE, and on PORTABLE devices.
    Ohh yeah! The commissioner at the time was all excited….until he understood that one of the underlying functions of the IN VEHICLE system was that it could track the movement and location of the vehicle itself.
    As soon as that little fact was made available- BOOM! the torpedo for the solution was launched…
    Why is that?
    By now they would have had a well integrated system where in-car police records, traffic and vehicle regos and violations could all be accessed….and officers on duty could communicate much more verbose quantities of data.
    Plus have an instant CALL FOR BACKUP button which alerts all other resources within their vicinity with one push of a button WHEN/IF needed.
    Ohh wait – the other negative was that this whole system was being promoted by a local company at the time…….and back than that was also something that was a NEGATIVE….
    NO HOPE.

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