Some 15 Dutch Police Officers and three support staff will return to the Netherlands Wednesday, August 5, after being here in service to the country since hurricane Irma in 2017.
The officers were part of the assistance provided by the Netherlands to help maintain the safety and security of the Island. At the end of their direct assistance, they were asked to remain for an extended period of time allowing St. Maarten to implement their recovery plan.
While here, several training projects were carried out including crisis management training, upgrading of the forensic department, supporting business operations, and assisting with the assessment of the police buildings after the hurricane. The extra assistance from our Dutch counterparts were essential to the realization of these projects.
A sendoff ceremony was held to thank the Dutch Police, after three years of support post-Hurricane Irma; during which time the Minister of Justice Anna Richardson was at hand to addressed the team. She expressed her gratitude to the Netherlands for the help and wished the Dutch Police officers and support staff well upon their return.