Richardson wants strengthening of border control

POSTED: 07/16/13 12:16 PM

Denis Richardson

Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson

St. Maarten–Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson, held a meeting with representatives of the police, Coast Guard, Customs, Immigration and Border Protection Services, and the attorney general on border control issues.

The purpose of this meeting was to develop proposals on how to more effectively control the borders on St. Maarten in order to prevent human smuggling and trafficking, the infiltration of the community by persons with “less than good intentions,” and overall proposals to curb crime in general. The minister is in favor of a firm approach in combating criminal activities, all the while taking into consideration both the economic and tourism interests of St. Maarten.

There is already collaboration between officers of the Royal Marechaussee, the staff of the Police Force of St. Maarten, and the Immigration and Border Protection Service at the airport. Together these services combat not only migration criminality, but also the problem of false or forged documents and other general offenses at the airport.
To strengthen the first line of control (control at the initial counter) and the secondary control (further verification of suspected irregularities in the back office), a recently launched program will be expanded and strengthened for certain risk flights. It will require a more intensive cooperation between the airport and the airlines while also taking their interests into account. Along with risk profiles, working instructions will be established at the airport in order to filter out the first line control passengers with suspected bad intentions. These passengers will be further investigated at the secondary control point.

To jointly tackle this problem, the Immigration and Border Control Service and the Coast Guard were given instructions to draw up action plans for the airport, the seaports, and beaches. This includes a risk analysis of the ports and beaches, as well as an inventory study on the implementation of a radar system or other similar modern technologies for the monitoring of movements of ships. In this context, the minister wants to continue to look for other possibilities with international partners, including the United States of America and France.

In the coming period these border control institutions will submit a report to the Minister with recommendations for the improvement of the situation. As of 11 July 2013 these institutions will finalize their plans and within a month this plan, including the first results, will be presented to the minister.

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