Council of Law Enforcement presents reports

The Daily Herald writes that the Council for Law Enforcement recently presented five reports regarding various aspects of law enforcement to St Maarten’s Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson. The presentation of the reports had been delayed due to the council having to await the completion of a new government formation on St. Maarten. The Minister of Justice welcomed the reports and, after consideration, will send them to Parliament with his advice.

The reports are about the following subjects: enforcement of verdicts involving the payment of fines; the payment of claims for damages or the seizure of illegal profit ordered in criminal cases; control and supervision of the Prosecutor’s Office in the selection of criminal cases and investigation of these cases by the police; an investigation at the Immigration and Border Protection (IBP) Service revealing a practice that is in contradiction with the directives of the Minister of Justice; an investigation on the use of violence by and against the police; and recommendations to improve the process of reporting a crime at the police station have not been implemented in full (see related articles in The Daily Herald).

The Council for Law Enforcement was established in 2011 by Kingdom Decree. It is an inter-insular body, responsible for the inspection of the various organisations within the justice system. The ultimate objective is to provide recommendations to the Ministers of Justice of the three countries of the Dutch Kingdom in order to correct shortcomings. The Council consists of three members who are appointed by Royal Decree and represent respectively Curaçao, the Netherlands for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, and St. Maarten.

The Council has a secretariat with offices on St. Maarten, Curaçao and Bonaire. The Secretariat of the Council for Law Enforcement on St. Maarten is located in the Joeliva Building, Charles Voges Street 7, in Philipsburg. For further information on the Council of Law Enforcement, visit the website: www.raadrechtshandhaving.com .

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