Strengthening of border control and fighting cross-border crime priorities on the agenda
Willemstad:--- The Attorney-General of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands, Guus Schram attended on Wednesday May 18 the Kingdom consultation of all Attorneys General (”KPG-overleg”) which took place in Curaçao.
Twice a year the Attorney General of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the BES islands, the Attorney General of Aruba and the chair of the board of Attorneys General in the Netherlands meet for consultations. Not only do they prepare for the Judicial Four- Party Consultation (this year to be held on June 1 in The Netherlands) but they also discuss other topics of interest. These often relate to the coordination of investigation and prosecution, and mutual cooperation. The KPG consultation therefore seeks the Public Prosecutor services of the different countries to benefit from the fact that they operate within the same Dutch Kingdom.
During this consultation the strengthening of the border controls, control of airports and seaports and the exchange of passenger information were discussed in particular. In addition the Attorneys General discussed a joint approach to cross-border crime and the multiannual perspective of the Public Prosecutor’s Service in the Caribbean concerning the fight against crime.
Prior to the KPG consultation a meeting took place on the progress of the plans of improvement of the National Detectives departments of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Among others the heads of the National Detectives departments of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Aruba, the director of the Dutch National Detectives Agency (“Rijksrecherche”) and the chief Prosecutors of Curaçao and Sint Maarten were present. During this meeting it was clear that progress has been made in the past two years in developing of a complete and high quality National Detectives departments, but also that there is still room for improvement.
Attendees exchanged views on how this improvement can be achieved and which mutual support and cooperation can contribute to this.