Justice Academy graduates the latest group of cadets

PHILIPSBURG - Some twenty St. Maarten Justice Academy cadets graduated on Friday 10 May, officially becoming officers of Justice within the Justice Ministry. The Justice Ministry's Immigration and Customs Departments saw graduates.

The ceremony held at the academy's campus in Dutch Quarter began with an official opening march, followed by singing of the "St. Maarten Song" by Sharifa Lake and an opening prayer by Pastor Illidge.
Minister of Justice Roland Duncan congratulated the newly-graduated cadets on their "first step in law enforcement." During his congratulatory speech, Duncan expressed his confidence in these new Justice officers.
"We have confidence in the young people to take on society," Duncan said. The academy has succeeded in creating good, strong law enforcement officers and "we are relying on you," he said. "As long as I can help it, the Justice Academy is here to stay."
He also said taking on the various judicial responsibilities, whether it be Customs, Immigration, detention centres and the like, was quite the task, as "we have a lot to deal with." Duncan then congratulated Master Chief Instructor Richard Straker and the Justice Academy staff.
Duncan also informed the graduates and all those present during his address that he had faxed his letter of resignation to Governor Eugene Holiday around 4:00pm that day. He followed by assuring that the news was not all bad, as "now I will go on pension."
The graduation ceremony concluded with the presentation of diplomas to the cadets. Orlando van Duivenvoorde was named the group's valedictorian. Police Chief Commissioner Peter De Witte and the Immigration and Detention Centre heads also were in attendance.
(The Daily Herald)
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