PHILIPSBURG - The Democratic Party of St. Maarten outlined its Party Platform on Safety and Security on Tuesday, highlighting the DP’s vision with regards to the safety and security of the St. Maarten Population. The platform reads that Safety and Security remains a concern for DP and that the party is committed to improving the internal security of St. Maarten; “For every resident and visitor to St. Maarten a feeling of security and protection is vital. In fact, it is critical to our very economic survivability. The issue of safety and security remains a concern for the DP and we are committed to improving the internal security of the nation.
“We believe the critical difference in fighting crime is one of manpower. We need our communities to work together, and we will continue to support Neighborhood Watch programs. We believe in working with the private sector as a partner in implementing programs that will serve the needs of all subsets of our nation. We also believe in partnership with the police force,” read the Democratic Party Platform on Safety and Security.
The Democratic Party also mentioned its accomplishments regarding the upgrading of safety and security during the last governing term; “Three noteworthy accomplishments by the DP administration were the Community Police Program, the Justice Academy Training Institution and the Juvenile Detention Center in Cape Bay.
The DP will implement alternative punishment for light crimes, and work towards reducing imprisonment- using the Netherlands as a study example to understand the possibilities, rather than attempting to re-invent the justice system.
“In order to achieve the goal of a safe nation, we also need to focus on the programs and support systems including education, foster care, youth facilities, and work training to stop the cycle of crime before it starts,” concluded the Democratic Party Platform on Safety and Security. (Contributed by the DP Party)