Law enforcement in Suriname
There are three major law enforcement/security entities in Suriname.
Organisations [ edit ]
Korps Politie Suriname [ edit ]
The largest force and the most published in the media is the Korps Politie Suriname (KPS). This is a traditional police department model and is responsible for all the policing efforts. Under the main umbrella of the KPS, there are three branches.
- The city police handle all issues inside the city limits of Paramaribo.
- The rural police handle everything outside of Paramaribo.
- The Judicial Police are composed of specialised police units, such as forensics, fraud, homicide, etc.
Military police [ edit ]
The second largest military police polices all members of the Surinamese Military and handles border control/immigration functions.
Directorate of National Security [ edit ]
The third largest law enforcement/security entity are the Surinamese Directorate of National Security. The Directorate is responsible for the Central Intelligence and Security Service (CIVD) and the presidential personal security unit.
Bijstands- en Beveiligingsdienst Suriname [ edit ]
The Bijstands- en Beveiligingsdienst Suriname (BBS) is the assistance and security service of Suriname.
In general, the Security Service is responsible for:
- the protection of persons and property located in government buildings, public locations and markets;
- the security of government buildings;
- effective and alert fire prevention;
- the security and assistance of the various disbursements to be made by the government agencies in the city and district.
- The Minister may entrust the Security Service with the security of specially designated persons and objects.
Human rights [ edit ]
LGBT individuals have made claims of police mistreatment in Paramaribo. A 2012 UN report stated that Suriname's police scored the lowest in the region in communicating respectably with citizens.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- "Suriname 2014 Crime and Safety Report", Overseas Security Advisory Council, US State Department, 22 August 2014.
- ""Gay men in Suriname accuse police of assault and mistreatment", [[Jamaica Observer]], September 12, 2014". Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
- "Suriname police the rudest - UN report", Stabroek News, February 27, 2012.