ARMY AND POLICE

First Section  THE NATIONAL ARMY

Article 177
1. The National Army shall have as its task the defense of the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Suriname against foreign, military, armed aggression.

2. Without prejudice to the provisions of the previous paragraph, the army can be charged with special tasks to be defined by law.

3. The army shall carry out its tasks under the responsibility of and in subordination to the competent authority and in accordance with the prevailing legislation.

4. The organization of the National Army and the legal status of the servicemen shall be defined by law.

Second Section  THE POLICE CORPS OF SURINAME

Article 178
1. The police shall have as task:
  1. to maintain public order and domestic security, to prevent violations thereof, and to protect persons and goods.
  2. to investigate punishable acts and to enforce the observance of regulations, the breach of which shall be punishable by law.
2. Without prejudice to the provisions of the previous paragraph, the police can be charged with special tasks to be defined by law.

3. The police corps shall carry out its task under the responsibility of and in subordination to the competent authority and in accordance with the prevailing legislation.

4. The organization of the Police Corps of Suriname and the legal status of the police officers shall be defined by law.

Article 179
1. Servicemen or the police officers who become a member of one of the people's representative bodies shall be suspended from duty by law.

2. Rules with regard to making views or feelings public, or to using the right of association, assembly and demonstration by servicemen and police officers shall be defined by law.