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SXM Airport Security Officers Start Course in Basic Law Enforcement

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (Sunday, November 8, 2015) - The Security officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, will begin a seven-month course in “Basic Law Enforcement Safety and Security Training” (BLESST) on Monday, November 9, 2015.

The course will be conducted by the St. Maarten Justice Academy. This extensive training will be directed toward airport security personnel at the supervisory level.

SXM Airport is committed to providing its frontline workers with the necessary knowledge to better equip themselves in carrying out their essential tasks of providing a safe and secure airport environment, said Jerry Sprott, manager, Security Department of SXM Airport.

Sprott explained that upon successful completion of this recognized training, all candidates would be certified in carrying out the respective law enforcement duties at the airport.

“All over the world, generally, airport security is handled by government. That is why the collaboration with the Ministry of Justice is of vital importance, although our security personnel are employed directly by SXM Airport,” said managing director Regina LaBega.

“This training course will not only harmonize the skills of our security officers with those of the security agencies of government, but also provide additional confidence that safety and security remain the most important task of the airport,” LaBega added.