Public Safety

“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."

Projects


Implement ordinances and policies to address safety

Initiative Ministry
  • Address legislation and policy to strengthen safety and security
Justice
  • Evaluate penalties for criminal acts
Justice
  • Review law and policy within the judicial and legal sector
GA, Justice
  • Finalize and implement legislation and policies in the Social Development sector
VSA
  • Improve health safety
VSA, VROMI

Improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality in the justice chain

Initiative Ministry
  • Optimize the operations of Prison
Justice
  • Strengthen the Police force
Justice
  • Strengthen the Customs department
Justice
  • Review and formalize the organizational structure of the Ministry of Justice
Justice
  • Upgrade the operational management of the Ministry of Justice
Justice
  • Increase resources within the law enforcement
Justice
  • Tackle illegal immigration and human smuggling and trafficking
Justice

Strengthen safety and security

Initiative Ministry
  • Promote and protect the rights of the child
Justice, ECYS, VSA
  • Mitigate crime and improve safety in the community
Justice
  • Reduce youth crime
Justice, ECYS
  • Ensure a safe and positive learning environment for all students
ECYS

Enhance safety facilities and resources

Initiative Ministry
  • Upgrade and expand safety and security facilities within Justice
Justice
  • Upgrade and expand fire department facilities and equipment
GA
  • Utilize Voluntary Corps Sint Maarten
GA