“As in any modern society, Sint Maarten is faced with challenges in the areas of crime and public safety. The increase in some extent is due to degradation in education, health, youth development, unemployment and high cost of living. This government is committed to working diligently to ensure a decline in criminality and promoting a safe and healthy environment for our citizens and visitors.
Ordinances and policies will be implemented to promote stiffer punishment for violent crimes. Through education and other programs the prevention of crime will be further reduced. These measures can only come to reality with an improvement of efficiency, effectiveness and quality in the justice chain. Along with the human aspect, the infrastructure supporting this ministry needs to be optimized. The facilities will be upgraded to international standards.
We realize that our youth are disproportionately affected with the drop in economic activity on the island and as such special attention will be placed on this demographic. The rights of the child must be respected. This government realizes the importance of our justice system and will do all that is necessary to make sure people feel safe."