Rogers assumes presidency of St. Maarten police union

POSTED: 06/9/11 12:57 PM

“We are here to protect and educate our members”

St. Maarten – Partnership was stressed Wednesday as the first board of the Police Union St. Maarten took their oath of office. There was a necessity to create a local branch of the union because of the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles. The motion to do this was tabled by Carl John, Norwin Villareal and Carlyle Rogers and accepted by the majority at the NAPB’s last congress.

The board installed Wednesday at the St. Maarten Police Headquarters is headed by Carlyle Rogers. He took the oath before Chairman of the Police Union of the Netherlands Antilles (NAPB) Ronald Abrahams and then swore in the other members of the board.

“We are here at a unique moment with the installation of the new board. I want to congratulate you on the responsibility that you are taking up. Let’s do our work in a good way, so that the union can grow and so that St. Maarten can grow,” Abrahams said.

“We are not a threat to the management. We are here to protect and educate our members. The management should therefore see us as a partner. We know that the placement is not complete and we call on our colleagues to be our eyes and antennas out there. Let us be professional and make things come through,” Rogers added.

“We are like soldiers and we will have to understand that sometimes we will win, and sometimes we will lose. We will have to represent our members to the best of our ability,” Villareal said.

During the election rounds Ethelwoldus Josefa was declared Vice President after tying with Jeanine Peterson twice. She was eventually elected Secretary, clearing the way for Josefa to be elected Vice President. Janice Phillips was elected Treasurer and Norwin Villareal rounds out the Board. He will serve as the Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer.

“The work starts now. We will fall and we will make mistakes, but we will get back up again,” Rogers said after the election and after being symbolically handed his chairmanship.

Josefa added, “As a board member let us remember that this for all of us. We have to remember that always.”

Acting Chief Commissioner of Police Carl John congratulated the new board and said the Justice Ministry, the Justice Minister – Roland Duncan – and the police management expect a good working relationship with the union that allows for problems to be solved.

“We are not entering a perfect situation and we have to build together. Look for the best for your members and help solve the problems we will be confronted with,” John said.


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