SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday July 31st, the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) hosted a ceremony to bid farewell to the last detachment police officers from the Netherlands who have been stationed on the island since the passing of Hurricane Irma in 2017, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
The farewell ceremony took place in the Philipsburg police station’s parking lot. Which started off with a march by KPSM and the Netherlands Police. The master of ceremony for the event was Community Police Officer CPO and acting head Ethelwoldus “Joe” Josepha who welcomed Justice Minister Anna Richardson as well as Public Prosecutor Mirjam Mol to express a few words of gratitude.
Detachment Commander Suzanne van Groeningen was given an opportunity to express what the experience meant to her and what she was able to learn from her time as commander on the island, she expressed her heartfelt thanks to all.
Last to speak was Police Chief Carl John, who thanked the detachment for its service, he went on to say in his speech that although reluctant at first some of our officers were able to establish lifelong bonds.
“Know when you need help and learning to accept the manner in which it is sent to you was a lesson learned for all.
“A total, of about 300 officers served in the detachment since its inception, and we here at the Sint Maarten Police Force will be eternally grateful for the assistance.” (KPSM)