Philipsburg, October 22nd 2018

From: Chief Inspector R.V. HENSON

                                               POLICE PRESS RELEASE


CPO Josepha starts TAPS program at the St.Maarten Academy

On Friday 19th October CPO Josepha has started the TAPS program at the St. Maarten Academy. TAPS is abbreviation for Teens and Police Service Academy.  TAPS is an 11-week US program curriculum, which was adjusted to fit St.Maarten juvenile needs.  

TAPS covers specific topic areas associated with Children and Youth Safety

such as :

  • violence,
  • Physical and sexual abuse,
  • stalking,
  • sexual exploitation
  • Bullying


The training at the St. Maarten Academy will also cover law enforcement-related subject areas that are important to youth. Subject matter experts guide the youth and police officers through these topics weekly. TAPS Academy is designed to help youth:

Change behavior, learn responsible decision making skills, participate in crime prevention projects and reduce the social distance between themselves and Law Enforcement.




Police Officers give presentation at the Seven-day Adventist school.

The Seven-day Adventist school is currently promoting October 2018 as Anti-bullying month and the  Sint Maarten Police Force gave was invited to give a presentation on Anti- bullying to the children on Thursday 18th October 2018.

The presentation on the consequences of bullying was given by CPO officer Josepha and Officer Jedward Martes. The theme of their presentation was “Don’t be a Rock and follow the Flock”. This theme is based on a short anti-bullying film done by the Weston Park Primary school in the USA. It was well received by the children and deemed a huge success.(See pics attached)

Missing couple

The Police Force of Sint Maarten is presently in search of a couple who is said to have visited Sint Maarten in the month of August. The persons are from Brazil and their names are Rodrigo Medeiros Rodrigues and Cirlene de Oliveira Barbosa.  According to reports the last contact with this couple was in the month of September 2018. This couple probably traveled by boat to Tortola and has not been heard from since. The Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public to help locate the persons. Anyone who may have information about this couple should get in contact with the Police Force of Sint Maarten by calling 54-22222 ext. 214/215 or family members +1 7813508622 or +1 7742440911 (See pic attached)


Police commissioners attend working visit to Sint Maarten

The Chief of Police of the Netherlands Mr. E. Akerboom and his delegation, consisting of Mr. Frank Paauw, Mr. R. van Dalen, Mr. S. Pennekamp and representative of Justice and Safety (V&J) along with the Police Chief of KPCN (BES-islands) Mr. J. Rosales and Chief of Police from Aruba (KPA) Mr. A. Hoo on Friday October 19th and Saturday October attended a working visit with the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) headed by Chief Commissioner Carl John and the management-team.

This visit consisted of a presentation at the Police Head Quarter in Philipsburg by Carl John to the other police commissioners regarding the rebuilding of Sint Maarten as a country in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria and also the rebuilding of the police force. The presentation also included and explanation by John that thanks to the immediate response of all the countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, after the passing of the hurricanes, safety and security to the island could be restored and maintained. Immense gratitude was also expressed to the Netherlands represented by Mr. E. Akerboom who have provided Sint Maarten with the necessary assistance in the form of equipment, manpower and training to help KPSM give the necessary service to the country.

“Twinning is winning” was the theme for this work visit. Local officers are twinned with and an officer from the Netherlands and it has shown to be very effective. The officers learn from each other, assist each other in many forms. Everything that they do is done together as a team. The request from Carl John was to have the Dutch contingency remain on the island until KPSM is strong enough to do it all alone.

Mr. Akerboom and his delegation also met with of the Dutch contingency that is presently assisting KPSM with manpower and with the rebuilding of the organization. After that meeting the Police Chief met briefly with the Minister of Justice the Honorable Cornelius De Weever in the conference room of the Government administration building on Pond Island.  

On Saturday October 20th the entire delegation was given a tour of the ongoing construction of the new emergency dispatch, soon to be in operation, the Cruise facilities and the Simpson Bay police Station before leaving on their flight in the afternoon. This work visit was very successful and all commissioners look forward to their next official meeting. (See pics attached)



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