On November 3rd, 2014 the two-year training for police officer on Bonaire will start with an orientation week. The process for recruiting and selecting employees, which took place over the past few months, has been completed. The training is a joint venture between the police, the Coast Guard and Koninklijke Marechaussee; hereinafter KMar).
The Caribbean Netherlands Police Force (Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland; hereinafter KPCN) engaged 9 police officer candidates and 3 employees for the Intake department. KMar will train 6 employees and the Coast Guard will train 8 people. These 26 young individuals will receive full or partial training, depending on the position for which they have been hired.
After the first orientation week on the island, the Superintendant of KPCN will officially launch the training in the presence of the Director of the Coast Guard and the Head of Operations of KMar in the Caribbean region. Under the responsibility of the Dutch Police Academy, the trainers of the three organisations and local teachers will organize the education.
The students will acquire knowledge about policing, tracing crimes and rendering emergency assistance in several modules. The training will take place at school and on the job. Because of the collaboration this can be very diverse, varying from different locations on Bonaire to even boats of the Coast Guard. Each module is completed with an exam.
After two years all candidates will hold a certificate at level 3 of intermediate vocational education (MBO-3) and the participants of the police department and KMar can be put fully into service on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba as general criminal investigation officers. The participants of the Coast Guard can also be deployed at the Coast Guard of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, apart from the aforementioned islands, after graduating.
Press release KPCN