KMar Border Police Officer

Are you enthusiastic, flexible and proactive, and would you like to work in a team that ensures the security of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba? Then continue reading and apply quickly.

MBO3 (Secondary vocational education level 3) | Location: Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba | 36 hours per week | Vacancy number: P&O2020_08_008 | Closing date: 6th of October 2023

Job description

The role of Border Police Officer will involve being deployed for operational border police tasks. This means you will be responsible for checking compliance with laws and regulations, with the aim of identifying illegal border crossings and criminal offences. You will work closely with colleagues and chain partners to help ensure the security of the Caribbean Netherlands. When doing so, you must look out for abnormal situations and be able to act preventively and repressively bearing in mind your surroundings.

As Border Police Officer, you will perform a wide range of activities and work in different shifts with your team. You will start your shift with a briefing, so that you are familiar with the latest developments. Depending on the shift, you will be assigned to, for example, check passengers from Curaçao or the Netherlands for compliance with entry conditions established in the Wet Toelating en Uitzetting BES (Admittance and Deportation Act BES, WTU-BES ). You may also have to perform these checks in the port, or spend a day on patrol there to ensure maritime border control. This will involve protecting the borders of the BES, so you must be alert to suspicious signs and abnormal situations. If you encounter suspicious situations, you must act together with chain partners such as Customs, the Coast Guard and the KPCN. In the end, this could lead to the prevention of human trafficking or trade in narcotics. A flexible and proactive mindset is important.

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is responsible for e.g. border patrol, police tasks at the airport, the security of civil aviation and military police services in the Caribbean Netherlands. The majority of activities will take place at airports and ports in the Caribbean Netherlands.

The department

Activities will be carried out within the BES department of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee Caribbean region Brigade. The BES department is responsible for performing operational activities on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius pursuant to article 5 of the Veiligheidswet BES (Security Act BES). It is a mixed department, which means border control officers from the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland work together with military personnel that work for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.


Certain training is needed in order to occupy this position at the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar). This training will be offered by the KMar once the candidate has been provisionally appointed. Final appointment will be subject to this training being completed successfully. The training will last circa 9 months and involves:

  • job-related training concerning the various KMar tasks that are part of the basic training for investigation officer KMar Caribbean Netherlands;
  • integral professional skills training and controlled response (IBT).

Saba and St. Eustatius

For this vacancy, we are looking for people who, besides Bonaire, also want to specifically work on Saba and St. Eustatius for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. The KMar believes it is important to have a representative unit on Saba and St. Eustatius. Training will take place in the Netherlands and on Bonaire, but it is later possible to transfer to the Windward islands. Training will be offered in Dutch. Specifically for Saba and St. Eustatius, we will offer appointed candidates a free course in Dutch prior to the training.


  • Result-oriented;
  • Collaboration skills;
  • Accurate;
  • Able to withstand stress;
  • Not afraid to take decisions.

Job requirements

  • You must have Dutch nationality;
  • You must have good command of Dutch, or be willing to improve considerably, both in written and spoken form;
  • You must possess at least one of the following school diplomas:
    - MBO level 3 including Dutch and English or;
    - MAVO diploma, HAVO 4 certificate, a full HAVO diploma, a VMBO-TL diploma or;
    - Equivalent diploma from another country. Praktisch Kadergerichte Leerweg (PKL) is insufficient.
  • You must possess a swimming diploma or be willing to gain it under your own initiative;
  • Driving license B is required for anyone that is 19 years or older, or they must be willing to obtain one before the end of the training period;
  • Wearing spectacles or lenses is not regarded as an issue provided that this does not restrict you in completing your training and performing your activities;
  • IBT certification is needed in order to perform this position. The IBT operational instructions of the KMar stipulate that employees must successfully complete 5 IBT moments per year. If employees miss or fail to pass an IBT moment, extra support and a catch-up opportunity will be possible. Employees will be deemed unsuitable for the position if they repeatedly fail to meet IBT requirements.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary at initial salary scale 5 and job salary scale 6 between USD 1,607 and USD 2,576 per month (gross salary) based on a working week of 36 hours; A pay grade based on knowledge, experience and training;
  • A 13th month of 8.33% (minimum $1,750, on a full-time basis);
  • Irregular hours allowance due to alternate shifts;
  • A holiday allowance based on 8.33% of the remuneration;
  • A proper pension plan administered by PCN;
  • Internal training opportunities;
  • 190 hours of holiday (based on a working week of 36 hours).

After an operational period of at least 2 years on Bonaire, you can - upon request - be eligible for transfer to Saba and St. Eustatius; Transfer to the Windward Islands is voluntary and will be determined by experience and vacancies.

Selection conditions 

An assessment, a sports test, a psychological examination, a medical examination and a screening will be needed and are part of the selection procedure. This position is a confidential position and appointment will be subject to a certificate of good conduct (VOG) and a declaration of no-objection (VGB) from the MIVD (level B).

Applicants must bear in mind an online capacity test, examinations and interviews in the last 2 weeks of October. If you are selected, you will be sent a personal invitation via e-mail.

More information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Errol Klunder, Team leader operations BES, by e-mail:

Digital applications

Applications, consisting of a cover letter and a CV, can be addressed to Errol Klunder, Team leader operations BES, e-mail: