The Dutch Caribbean Police Force KPCN, together with the Netherlands police and the International Criminal Police Organisation INTERPOL, have taken a new, major step in its international cooperation with the forging of an agreement. The agreement means that the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are now in direct contact with INTERPOL’S headquarters in Lyon, France, and police colleagues almost all over the world via the INTERPOL connections.
“This allows our KPCN police colleagues to consult and feed the INTERPOL databases themselves and to exchange information worldwide in a secure manner,” KPCN said in a press release. “INTERPOL is a worldwide organisation with which 194 member states are affiliated.”
Each member state has a National Central Bureau (NCB). The NCBs maintain communication with the head office and the other NCBs and are the single point of contact for all enforcement services. In the Netherlands, this is NCB The Hague, which is set up at the National International Legal Aid Center LIRC. A sub-NCB is now being opened for the first time in the Caribbean Netherlands. This sub-NCB falls under the responsibility of NCB The Hague.
The wish for a sub-NCB for the Caribbean Netherlands has existed for a long time at KPCN. Deputy Chief of Police, Ronald Zwarter and Melvin Sint Jago as head of the KPCN information department worked on the actual realisation in coordination with INTERPOL NCB The Hague.
“The Dutch Caribbean islands did not yet have a direct connection with the data from INTERPOL. This prevented us from conducting “direct searches for persons,” said Sint Jago. “We were sometimes dependent on many external parties for our international information about criminals. By establishing our own sub-NCB, an intermediate link has been removed from this process, which of course promotes speed and thus improves international investigation,” Sint Jago said.
“With this INTERPOL connection, we can identify criminals, terrorists and other unwanted persons or criminal groups more quickly and tackle them more effectively, making both the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and the European Netherlands even safer,” said KPCN Chief of Police Jose Rosales.
Contact with INTERPOL
Specially trained KPCN intel colleagues will set to work within the sub-NCB. They form the link between INTERPOL, NCB The Hague and the enforcement services on the Dutch Caribbean islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The ambition for the future is to extend the access with INTERPOL to the border posts of the Caribbean Netherlands, so that the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee can also query incoming and outgoing travellers against the INTERPOL databases.
The Daily Herald.