Published On: Mon, Dec 29th, 2014

The Netherlands and Curaçao working to strengthen law enforcement

ivo-opstelten22WILLEMSTAD - In cooperation with Curaçao and St. Maarten, the Dutch Ministers Ivo Opstelten of Justice and Security and Ronald Plasterk of Kingdom Relations are working to strengthen the justice apparatus in both countries and in Aruba. Minister Opstelten reports this at the request of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament in response to the report of the Council for Law Enforcement.

“The Council acknowledged deficiencies in law enforcement in Curacao and St. Maarten and the government also endorses these findings from personal observation,” said the Minister of Justice.

“As discussed in the House, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and I, together with Curacao, St. Maarten and Aruba, will work to reach proposals to strengthen law enforcement. The attention points, as identified by the Council of Law Enforcement, will also be involved. "

Because the investigation into detentions in Curaçao was not completed, there are, in the report, incidentally no recommendations for the prison. Opstelten will not address the current situation in the prison.

A specific response to the work of the police and the Public Prosecution Office in the Caribbean Netherlands is still in preparation. Finally, Opstelten expressed his appreciation for the work of the Council for Law Enforcement.

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