What we do

The work of National Security Service Sint Maarten (VDSM) is set out in the National Ordinance on Security Service.  Our main tasks are: the performance of security screenings; the promotion of security measures; and conducting investigations to protect the country from persons or organizations that might threaten its democratic legal order, its integrity or its other vital interests, including those of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  The Service carries out its duties in compliance with the law and under the responsibility of the Minister of General Affairs.

VDSM is not a law enforcement agency.  We generally focus on identifying threats, aiming to inform stakeholders in order to prevent and or reduce them.  However, if criminal acts are detected during the course of an investigation, these can be reported to the relevant authorities.


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