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Tourism Bureau & First Response assists Police Force

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) which falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) and First Response, came together to sponsor shirts for the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) Special Weapons And Tactics’ (SWAT) team to travel to Orlando, Florida.
 
For more than 17 years KPSM has had a SWAT team of highly trained group of Police officers whose role is to deal with high-risk operations that fall outside of the capabilities of the regular, uniformed police.
 
SWAT officers are trained in particular for confronting heavily armed criminals; hostage and rescue; and counter-terrorism operations.
 
For the officers to maintain their level of specialized training, the KPSM SWAT team earned the right to participate in the ultimate training competition of SWAT Round-Up International that is taking place from November 9-16.
 
This annual event where SWAT teams from different countries compete against each other and train in the latest tactics and techniques together, will be conducted by nationally renowned instructors and includes numerous relevant courses.
 
The SWAT Round-Up International is organized by the Florida SWAT Association whose mission is to be the lead training, development and research resource for tactical operators within the state of Florida.
 
The Associations mission statement ads that it also provides current and future generations of tactical leaders with the necessary tools and information needed to succeed as they risk their lives for our communities.
 
PHOTO CUTLINE: L to R, Etienne Levenstone (SWAT Team Member), Lisa Coffi (STB), and Christian Lont (First Response).