St. Maarten and Dominican Republic join forces on international crime

POSTED: 01/23/12 7:31 PM

Officials from St. Maarten, the Dominican Republic and the International Police Organization (Interpol) stand together for a family photo from their recent meeting at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort. (Police Force of St. Maarten photo)

St. Maarten – Police and Immigration officials from St. Maarten and the Dominican Republic have agreed to set up a structured information exchange to combat international crime. The contact will be between judicial institutes like the police, immigration and prosecutor’s office in both countries and flow through the National Central Bureau in each country.

The agreement to deepen collaboration was made at a two day workshop at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort that was facilitated by Rafael Cabrera-Sarita of the International Police Organization (Interpol). The meeting was themed: Establishing a structural information exchange between the judiciary services of St. Maarten and the Dominican Republic. Beyond sharing information both countries will meet on a regular basis to discuss their progress and the results of their working relationship.

The workshop has led to recognition that the country’s judiciary agencies need an “adequate information system.” That system should combine uniformity in software and good hardware.
“Information sharing with other organizations and with partners abroad starts with a good information and communication system within the organization,” a release on the meeting states.

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