Chief of Police Dutch Caribbean Police Force

The minister of Justice and Security wants candidates for the position of Chief of Police Dutch Caribbean Police Force

The Dutch Caribbean Police Force is looking for a connecting and decisive chief of police. Are you able to lead the corps that operates on Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius, with integrity and to give direction with vision? Then you are the suitable candidate!

Academic | Bonaire | 36 hours per week | Vacancy number: P&O2022_07_019 | Closing date: 31 August 2022

Job description

Since the modified Statute of The Kingdom came into effect on 10 October 2010, the three former island regions of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have become public entities under the Dutch Constitution. Under the Police Force Kingdom Act, the Netherlands minister of Justice and Security is the superintendent of the police forces for these three islands: the Dutch Caribbean Police Force (hereinafter KPCN). The task of the KPCN is to safeguard, enforce and improve order, security and liveability on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.

Although all civil servants in the Caribbean Netherlands are formally employed by the minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the minister of Justice and Security is, as superintendent, responsible for the effectiveness and quality of KPCN personnel. This also includes appointing personnel. In this capacity, the minister bears general responsibility for ensuring that the KPCN is sufficiently equipped to perform its legal tasks. In this case, the underlying principle of the Police Force Kingdom Act is that the police forces of Aruba, St. Maarten and Curaçao must be and remain important regional partners of the KPCN and that cooperation must be maximised in fields such as training, ICT and equipment, with the Netherlands Police Force also playing an important role in this. In addition, the KPCN must closely collaborate with other partners in the security chain, including Monitoring and Enforcement, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (hereinafter KMar), the Investigation Cooperation Unit (hereinafter RST) and the Probation Office.

In the meantime, the KPCN has developed into a modern police force that is well equipped to perform its tasks. The position of KPCN Chief of Police will become available on 12 January 2023.

Position and scope

The KPCN is managed by the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is accountable to:

  • the minister of Justice and Security when it comes to force management tasks;
  • the Governors on Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire in terms of public order enforcement, security and support;
  • the Public Prosecutions Office for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in terms of criminal enforcement of legal order.

Main tasks

The Chief of Police has overall control of the KPCN and bears final responsibility for all issues relating to the KPCN, which also includes ensuring financial and personnel management as well as integral security care. In case of (impending) bottlenecks, s/he takes measures in the field of planning, organisation or communication.

The Chief of Police leads the police force on a daily basis, together with the other force leaders (deputy Chief of Police/head of operations and head of operations). S/he does this under the supervision of administrative and judicial authorities. Considering the limited availability of people and resources, the small scale of KPCN and the allocation of activities across the three islands, the Chief of Police is expected to manage effectively and to implement scarce resources in a creative manner.

The Chief of Police translates policy-related principles, as specified in the framework letter and the multi-year instructions, into police force activities.

The Chief of Police also ensures measures when it comes to prevention, enforcement and the investigation of offences and crimes. S/he does this by, for example, initiating investigation activities, analysing trends and developments in criminal activities, and consulting with other police forces, departments and security care partners about potential cooperation when tackling crime.

The Chief of Police coordinates with the authorities responsible for policy and management products when it comes to the organisation’s strategy, structures and processes, and developing instruments that help to improve quality in these areas and within the field of operations.

The Chief of Police advises the minister of Justice and Security about e.g. potential policy as well as trends and developments that could lead to changes in policy.

The Chief of Police works closely with chain-based partners in the Caribbean Netherlands to exercise the leadership role of the KPCN in all security-related domains on the islands. In addition, it is important to effectively collaborate with partners in the region, as well as the Dutch Police force. Integrity and professionalism play a decisive role when doing so.

As a bridge-builder within the council of Chiefs of Police, the KPCN Chief of Police helps to ensure close cooperation with the Chiefs of Police of St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba, thereby fulfilling the need for these police forces to work together.

Who are you?

You must be an experienced, principled and modern leader with experience when it comes to working within complex official and political relationships, who is also aware of your own role in the whole structure. You are aware of cultural differences and are capable of dealing with them effectively. You are also enterprising and innovative. In addition, you must show courage and be able to set clear boundaries.

You are able to initiate changes and to supervise them successfully. You must continue the already initiated shift in the corps towards more integral customer-oriented cooperation and the development of specialisations.

You must be approachable and be a bridge-builder who focuses on cooperation and unity, both internally and externally.

You must be familiar with the culture and customs of the three islands, and must possess the required ability to adapt to, and show understanding for, different (island) cultures. You must realise that the small scale of the community on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba is accompanied by social limitations.


  • You must possess suitable academic capacities;
  • You must have sufficient leadership experience at strategic level within a police organisation and/or comparable organisation;
  • You must be experienced in dealing with cultural differences and be able to achieve results in different cultural and administrative environments;
  • You must be an experienced integral manager who is familiar with financial management processes and realises the importance of personnel management;
  • You must have knowledge of, and experience with, the comprehensive working area of the police force, namely when it comes to area-specific police care, investigation, public order issues and crisis management;
  • You must have knowledge of, and experience with, integral security care;
  • You must be skilled in implementing the modern methods and techniques of general organisation management;
  • You must have an affinity with operational aspects;
  • You must have good communication and interaction skills in Dutch and English, both in written and spoken form;
  • You must possess active and passive knowledge of Papiamentu, or be willing to master the language within a year of being appointed.

We offer

  • Appointment in accordance with the Rechtspositiebesluit ambtenaren BES (BES legal status decree for civil servants); 
  • A challenging and dynamic workfield with a maximum salary in scale 15 of the Regeling bezoldiging rijksambtenaren BES (BES remuneration decree for civil servants), depending on relevant work experience;
  • Holiday bonus (8.33% of the remuneration);
  • A 13th month (8.33% of the remuneration, with a minimum gross amount of $ 1,750);
  • A pension scheme with Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN);
  • 168 hours of leave based on a working week of 36 hours; 
  • A permanent appointment; 
  • A relocation scheme for candidates responding from outside the island.


  • This procedure includes an assessment.
  • The selection procedure includes a Level A security and background investigation. 

Appointment requirements

  • A Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG);
  • A positive Level A security investigation
  • A medical examination to join the pension scheme; 
  • Dutch citizenship.

More information?

For further information about the specifics of this position, please contact Mr. Marco Haas, telephone number +31 6 15119024 or email


Applications accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae must be submitted in writing before 31 August 2022 to the deputy director-general of Police and Security regions, Mr. M. Commelin, Turfmarkt 147, 2511 DP The Hague and via e-mail to

Selection interviews will be held in October 2022.