The Dutch Caribbean Police Force (KPCN), together with Police Netherlands and INTERPOL, took a new, major step in our international cooperation on 12 April 2021. The agreement ensures that the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, are now in direct contact with the headquarters in Lyon and police colleagues almost all over the world via the INTERPOL connections. This allows our KPCN police colleagues to consult and feed the INTERPOL databases themselves and to exchange information worldwide in a secure manner.
INTERPOL is a worldwide organization to which 194 member states are affiliated. Each Member State has a National Central Bureau (NCB). The NCBs maintain communication with the head office and the other NCBs and are the single point of contact for all enforcement services. In the Netherlands, this is NCB The Hague, which is set up at the National International Legal Aid Center (LIRC). A sub-NCB is now being opened for the first time in the Caribbean Netherlands. This sub-NCB falls under the responsibility of NCB The Hague.
The wish for a sub-NCB for the Caribbean Netherlands has existed for a long time at the KPCN. Deputy Chief of Police, Ronald Zwarter and Melvin Sint Jago as head of the information department within the KPCN, worked on the actual realization in coordination with INTERPOL NCB The Hague. “The Dutch Caribbean islands did not yet have a direct connection with the data from INTERPOL. This prevented us from conducting “direct searches for persons”, ”explains Melvin. “We were sometimes dependent on many external parties for our international information about criminals. By establishing our own sub-NCB, an intermediate link has been removed from this process, which of course promotes speed and thus improves international investigation. “
“With this INTERPOL connection, we can identify criminals, terrorists, and other unwanted persons or criminal groups more quickly and tackle them more effectively, making both the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and the European Netherlands even safer,” said Jose Rosales, Chief of Police of KPCN.
Contact with INTERPOL
Specially trained intel colleagues from the Dutch Caribbean Police Force will set to work within the sub-NCB. They form the link between INTERPOL, NCB The Hague, and the enforcement services on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba. The ambition for the future is to extend the access with INTERPOL to the border posts of the Caribbean Netherlands so that the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee can also query incoming and outgoing travelers against the INTERPOL databases.
From the KPCN, police chief J.R. Rosales signed the agreement and police chief Jannine van den Berg signed the agreement on behalf of the Netherlands.