Published On: Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

Justice Minister is seeking advice on best aircraft for fighting crime

Nelson NavarroWILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, has started the process of obtaining advice on which aircraft is fit for Curacao in the fight against crime. After the advice and other researches, the Minister must choose between a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone). Navarro made this declaration in response to a question asked by Humphrey Davelaar MP in parliament during the 2014 budget debate.

Instead of a drone, Navarro rather uses the term unmanned aircraft. “Fact is that we need an aircraft to combat the rising crime,” the Minister said. The machine that comes out on top as the best will be purchased (after a public tender). “A decision on this will be announced early next year,” the minister added.

Basically the idea is that the Ministry of Finance will also contribute to the purchase, so that the aircraft can be used by the Curacao Customs.

Navarro has now learned that drones are much cheaper than a helicopter and have more features.

"There are people who say that a helicopter is much more appropriate for a small country like Curaçao. Others find that an unmanned aircraft should be deployed instead. The monitoring of these must be regulated,” according to Navarro.

TOR helicopter

The terms of reference (TOR) for the disposal of the Curaçao Police Corps helicopter is still pending. Negotiations with the management of the police and Government security Department (SKS), Customs and the advisors started in late July of this year. Those departments can know, on the basis of the TOR, what the requirements are for the relevant services.

So the Minister does not know how much the helicopter will cost.

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