St. Maarten justice minister wants Marechaussees to assist Customs Department

POSTED: 06/22/11 11:52 AM

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan wants the Royal Dutch Military Police (Marechausees) to provide more assistance to the Customs Department. The Marachaussees are stationed on St. Maarten to provide assistance on border control and they have also been assisting with investigations carried out by the St. Maarten Detective Department. The work at Customs is a mixture of both. The Marechausee’s mandate also includes training local officers.

Duncan also announced Tuesday that he does not want the cooperation with the Dutch on the Criminal Investigation Team (Recherche Samenwerkings Team) to last past the four year continuation that was agreed to in the lead up to the constitutional changes. All countries in the Kingdom contribute to the team.

“My primary task is to grow the police, not necessarily to grow the RST and bear in mind the police has its own detective department, so from that perspective I’m going to grow my police. So, as far as we are concerned, the RST is a terminating situation and within four years, we should be done and finished with that,” Duncan said.

 

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