Tackling Suriname crime
Suriname is located at a crossroads between North and South America and the Caribbean, making it attractive to transnational criminal organizations wishing to carry out smuggling operations into the region, or to cross it on their way to other continents.
Suriname shares borders with three other countries and through its maritime waters has easy access to Caribbean waters and islands, making it an attractive transit country for illegal merchandise transiting between American, European and African markets.
The international characteristics of these crime areas and their links with crime networks around the world make the role of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Suriname fundamental to maintaining national and regional security.
INTERPOL in SURINAME
Suriname’s NCB is part of the ‘Korps Politie Suriname' (KPS) which is the national police force. The Head of NCB reports directly to the KPS Police Chief and has command of a team of three KPS police officers.
NCB Paramaribo provides a 24-hour permanent service, working with the global INTERPOL community to help the Suriname Police Force monitor the wider organized crime picture and reduce its impact on Suriname.
By providing globally-sourced intelligence about regional crime, the NCB helps police officers across Suriname to detect and investigate the flow of illicit goods along trafficking routes in and around the country. It plays a central role in preventing the country and surrounding region from serving international organized crime.
National law enforcement in Suriname
Law enforcement services in the Republic of Suriname are provided by KPS which is part of the Ministry of Justice and Police.
KPS organizes its police activities across four regions, each with its own general investigations unit. Specialized police units based in the capital Paramaribo provide a range of national law enforcement services including drug, financial crime, fraud and people trafficking investigations.