Decisive action needed — UP party Board

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten –— “We are still reeling from today’s tragic event involving one of our hardworking local police officers who forms part of the daily bike patrol in Philipsburg,” the United People’s (UP) party board stated on Wednesday.

“We join the nation in prayer as we wish for the full recovery of the officer who was shot on Wednesday.  Our prayers go to the family and friends of Officer Gamali Benjamin who was honourably serving and protecting our country.

“From the last information we received, the officer remains in critical condition at the St. Maarten Medical Center,” the UP board understood.

“We are calling for swift action to remedy this tragedy and to curb the ongoing crime issues on our island by all stakeholders,” the UP board party appealed on Wednesday.

“The negative consequences crime would have on our country would be catastrophic if we do not curb this immediately especially since our main economic pillar is tourism. Our country must band together and subscribe to the age old saying of being your brother’s keeper and to continue living in unwavering harmony,” the UP party board concluded.