“Stop, Drop & Go! A safer St. Maarten starts with you!”

POSTED: 10/2/14 11:14 PM

St. Maarten — Persons in possession of illegal firearms are being urged to “stop” possessing these weapons, “drop” them off voluntarily between October 15th and October 31st at the Attorney General’s office or at the Gendarmerie and “Go” on with the cooperative battle for a safer St. Maarten/St. Martin.

On Friday, the 26th of September, in a joint press conference that was organized by the French authorities, Dutch and French police officials launched a campaign called ‘Stop, Drop & Go’ geared at getting illegal firearms off the streets as a reaction to an increase in violent crimes involving firearms.

“The Governments of St. Maarten and St. Martin, as well as the public prosecutors and the police forces on both sides of the country are saying: “Enough is enough! We will not tolerate that people are afraid to go out, so, with the help of all the citizens of St. Maarten and St. Martin, we have to clean sweep this island of all illegal fire-arms!” Police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson stated in a press release.

Persons are able during the aforementioned period to turn in their illegal firearms without fear of prosecution. This can be done on weekdays between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. at the attorney General’s office on the 3rd floor of Puerto del Sol Plaza, Welfare Road #68 in Simpson Bay. For the people on the French side of the island there are the two ‘Gendarmeries’ in French Quarter and Concordia, Marigot where they can surrender their illegal weapons.

“Lately many media have been reporting about how busy Police and Public Prosecutors are on the Dutch side as well as on the French side of the island, with numerous violent armed robberies and deadly shootings on our ‘Friendly Island’. These criminal activities show that there are a lot of illegal fire arms in our country. The combination ‘Friendly Island’ and ‘illegal fire arms’ doesn’t sound like a good one. We keep hearing complaints from civilians who dislike going out at night because they feel it’s too dangerous on the streets of St. Maarten/St. Martin,” Henson stated.

The purpose of the project ‘Stop, Drop & Go’ is to get rid of all the illegal fire-arms on this island. People who own illegal fire-arms are urged to surrender these voluntarily between October 15th and October 31st.

“After this period of time the police and Public Prosecutor’s Offices will be operating even harder in their battle against illegal fire-arms. Higher punishments will be demanded by the prosecutors and the police forces will toughen their actions. A safer Sint Maarten starts with you!
So, between October 15th and October 31st, we encourage the people of St. Maarten and St. Martin to ‘Stop’ possessing illegal fire-arms, ‘Drop’ them at the places mentioned above and ‘Go’ on with the cooperative battle for a safer St. Maarten/St. Martin. After all: A safer St. Maarten starts with you!” Henson concluded.

 

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