Jerry Sprott, Manager of the Security Department of Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE) NV and Security Screening Section Head Antonio Janga are on Saba this week holding a fiveday, basic security training for Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport security staff. This reports The Daily Herald. Saba Security Chief Beatrix Heyliger attends the training held at Eugenius Johnson Centre in Windwardside, together with her team Urla Deshong, Jean-Emy Massiah and Kebba Woods.
Heyliger explained that while she works in close collaboration with the Royal Dutch Marechaussee (KMar) on border control enforcement, the airport security falls under Island Government responsibility. She expressed her gratitude for the support provided by the Island Government in keeping the security team updated on the latest procedures. Sprott says the security training ensures that Saba’s security protocols are compatible with those of St. Maarten.
The full-day sessions that started on Monday, condense 14 modules covering issues such as protocol for personnel access control, recognition of explosive devices and offensive devices, vehicle access control, emergency and fire prevention, patrolling and guarding, passenger screening and searches, Xray and physical examination of baggage, securing a sterile area and escorting people. Some of the modules do not apply, said Sprott, yet knowledge of these protocols is necessary for the Saba staff to understand procedures applicable on St. Maarten. These protocols are constantly changing and the training is designed to keep the local team attuned to such changes, allowing them to adapt to new potential threats. Janga added that the training would be well served by a follow-up trip to St. Maarten, where Saba’s security team would receive first-hand exposure to the realities of a larger airport.