Aruba Police Force
|Aruba Police Force|
|Motto||Vigilat ut Quiescant|
|Annual budget||$7.9 million (2014)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Size||178.91 km² (69.08 sq mi)|
|Overviewed by||Ministry of Justice|
Santa Cruz, Aruba
|Agency executive||Adolfo.R. Richardson, (Commissioner of Police)|
The Aruba Police Force (Dutch: Korps Politie Aruba or KPA, Papiamento: Cuerpo Policial Aruba) is the law enforcement agency of the island of Aruba. The force operates under the authority of the Minister of Justice.
The Force is under the command of the Commissioner of Police. the Commissioner of Police together with his Deputies forms the Executive Board of Commissioners. the Board of Commissioners consists out of the Commissioner of General Police Operations (Uniformed Police), Commissioner of Criminal Investigation (Detective and Forensics) and the Commissioner of Special Police Forces (K9 Unit, Riot Control, Border Patrol, Bike Patrol, Tourist Police and SWAT)
The Police Force consists out of 3 departments each headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police
- General Police Operations
- Criminal Investigation Operations
- Special Police Forces
The KPA has stations in four district precincts located in Oranjestad, Noord, San Nicolaas, and Santa Cruz, where it is headquartered other than the district precincts the Police Force maintains a few police posts for Tourist Policing and Neighborhood Watch.
Commissioners of Police
List of Commissioners of Police
- Roland W. Peterson (1986-1989)
- Lucas E. Rasmijn (1990-1996)
- Gerold Dompig (1995-2007) Assistant Commissioner
- Alwin R. Nectar (1997-2003)
- Rolando F. Bernadina (2003-2006)
- Peter D. Witte (2006-2010)
- Adolfo R. Richardson (2010- incumbent)
Deputy Commissioners of Police
List of Deputy Commissioners
- Gertrude (Trudy) Hassell (2003–present)
- Vanessa Kock-Tjong (2013–present)*
- Irma Gordon (2013–present)*
*Yet to receive official promotion to the rank of Deputy Commissioner. current rank of Chief Inspector
In 1923, the Police Corps consisted of 8 officers and was understaffed. The first police station was an Aruban house located at the corner of Kazernestraat and Theaterstraat in San Nicolaas. It was used as an office and jail until 1939. After being taken over by the Public Works Service, it was torn down in 1950. The Oranjestad police station and jail were housed in the landmark Willem III Tower at Fort Zoutman and moved to larger facilities by 1967. The clock tower, which also functioned as a lighthouse until 1963, is now part of the Historical Museum of Aruba at the fort. The fire brigade was placed under the authority of the police from 1954 until 1977, when the forces were separated by the Minister of Justice. Motorcycle officers were added in the early 1970s.
Susan McCormick case
On February 10, 1996, the KPA faced the first recorded random homicide of a tourist on Aruba. 47-year-old Susan McCormick was an American bartender from Hampton Bays, New York who was found dead at a roadside near the Steamboat restaurant with a bullet in her neck and her wallet still on her person. Officials from the hotel where McCormick had been staying had reportedly told her family that she had died in a car accident. The police were initially puzzled and refused to publicly discuss the case, but told McCormick's sister Sharon Hoyt that there was no sign of a robbery. On February 16, three local youths aged 15, 18, and 19 were arrested after two informants came forward. One of the teens who intended to rob her waved a .38-caliber pistol, which accidentally fired, and fled the scene by car. McCormick's brother-in-law Jim Sofranko, who visited the site of the shooting in search of clues, stated, "I don't think they expected the gun to go off. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time." Sofranko said the police told him of another case years ago in which a honeymooning groom killed his bride for the insurance money and that "this was the biggest case they ever had."
Mansur family arrests
In October 1997, the Aruba Police Force arrested four men, including Eric and Alex Mansur of the powerful Mansur family, for extradition to the United States. They were among 85 individuals indicted in the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico on federal charges of involvement in a Caribbean money laundering ring following an FBI sting called Operation Golden Trash.
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