KPSM bids farewell to Dutch detachment

KPSM bids farewell  to Dutch detachment

Police Chief Carl John (at podium) saying a few words at the farewell ceremony for 14 Dutch police officers on Friday afternoon.

PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Police Force KPSM on Friday afternoon bade farewell to fourteen of its Dutch colleagues, the last in a detachment of police officers from the Netherlands who have been stationed on the island since Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The farewell ceremony took place in the Philipsburg police station’s parking lot.

Justice Minister Anna Richardson was on hand and gave a speech, followed by addresses from Chief Prosecutor Mirjam Mol and detachment Commander Suzanne van Groeningen.

Last to speak was Police Chief Carl John, who thanked the detachment for its service.

In total, about 300 officers served in the detachment since its inception, according to police acting spokesperson Ethelwoldus “Joe” Josepha.