Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2016

The Curaçao coast guard and the rotten apples

NavarroWILLEMSTAD - On Tuesday, a group of coastguard on Curacao again interrupted their work. This time to show their discontent against colleagues who they consider to be unethical and who could constitute a safety risk to them.

As was reported last week a group of about 25 officers went on strike out of concern for their safety after working hours. They were they afraid of any threats by criminals after work. Unlike their police colleagues, they have no weapons, while regularly in their free time they are seriously threatened by criminals. The case has been going on since December 2014.

Weapons after working hours

The group then expressed their concern in a letter to the Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro and gave him an ultimatum to respond and to execute some decisions that were already taken regarding armaments after service. The Minister explained in a letter dated Friday, January 12th to the police union NAPB that he cannot execute the decisions as long as the investigation dubbed Baywatch has not been completed.

Baywatch is an investigation into drug trafficking by coast guards. Three officers have already been arrested. The minister does not exclude that there are still a few "bad apples" in the Coast Guard and that further arrests may follow.

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