PHILIPSBURG - The police department has again intensified their general controls as of Monday March 2nd with the start of the Heineken Regatta. This event which has been growing steadily over the years will be given a lot of attention because of the large amount of visitors to the island and the many events that will be held during the regatta.
The police department will be working in close collaboration with the V.K.S., the Coast Guard, Customs, Sint Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation, Immigration, Border Control and Protection, Harbor Group of Companies and the Public Prosecutors Office. The main focus of the entire event is safety and security for all.
The Minister of Tourism the Honorable Claret Connor sat in a meeting on Monday March 2nd with members of the police force and the Acting Chief of Police Commissioner Carl John. During this meeting the minister was informed of the measures that will be taken to safeguard the security and safety during the festivities.
The police department is requesting everyone when coming out to attend the events to make sure that the documents for your vehicle are in order and that you should walk with proper picture identification at all time, to avoid unnecessary inconvenience.
During the general controls held by police between February 15th and March 1st a total of 135 fines were given for traffic violations. 20 persons were arrested; 3 without identification, 2 illegal status on the island, 1 ill-treatment, 1 attempted break-in, 4 illegal drug possession, 1 fire-arm possession and 8 with an arrest warrant. These controls will continue. (Police Force Sint Maarten)