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Minister: Country forever in debt of police

PHILIPSBURG: “Being an officer sometimes means putting your life on the line to protect your community. The people of St. Maarten are forever in your debt.” This strong statement was issued by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs to the recently graduated police officers.

Jacobs issued a public statement congratulating the Police Force, the new officers, and their families on Tuesday. Fifteen police officers from the Class of 2015 graduated on May 7.

All graduates were commended on their accomplishments and wished well in their future journey as officers. “Thank you for taking up the mantle and serving your country,” she said.

After receiving their diplomas, Justice Minister and Chief of Police usually pin officers by switching their shoulder lapels. During Friday’s ceremony, however, Chief of Police Carl John asked the permission of Justice Minister Anna Richardson for the officers’ families to have the honor of removing the old lapels and pinning the new ones.

“In this way, Chief John honored the families for the support and sacrifice they also put in during the journey of their loved ones,” said Jacobs.

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