St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates extraordinary police officers (BAVPOL) graduates

POSTED: 02/2/12 2:22 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined in congratulating the 61 graduates of the course for extraordinary police officers. The graduation took place on January 27 but the prime minister was away in Brussels and chose to offer her congratulations at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing.
“I believe it is a good foundation as we continue to strengthen our justice institutions,” Wescot-Williams said.
Vice Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger offered his congratulations in a statement on Sunday. In which he also stated that fighting crime has a number one priority from the government’s first day in office.
“From the onset, the government has placed fighting crime priority number one. It will take time to build up our law enforcement agencies to an optimal level, but we are well underway. I must commend my colleague Minister of Justice Roland Duncan for a job well done to date. Despite the many challenges that the government is being confronted with, we are keeping on track to fulfil the expectations of the community where fighting crime is concerned. I salute the willingness of the former cadets who are now officers to take on the calling of fighting crime on our beloved St. Maarten,” Heyliger stated in his release.

In direct words to the graduates he said, “Congratulations are in order for the 61 BavPol officers who were sworn in last Friday. Today, they are law enforcement officers fulfilling the role of enforcing the laws of the land. The job that each one of these officers has taken upon themselves is due to the fact that they want to help people and give back to their community. These new law enforcement officers must remember that enforcing the law is only part of the job. The rest of the job is volunteering your time in different community organizations, and helping your family, friends and neighbours in the communities that you serve as they depend on law enforcement to protect and to serve.”
He also said, ““Law enforcement graduates must uphold the honour of the St. Maarten badge by maintaining integrity and keep the public’s trust because the St. Maarten community have entrusted these graduates to keep them safe and protect them from harm. The graduates have shown discipline and commitment and I thank them for choosing to serve our community.”

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