Half-day problem-solving retreats ongoing with police and prison service personnel


Minister responsible for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore

Minister for National Security Rayburn Blackmoore has announced that half-day retreats are ongoing with management and union representatives of the police and prison.

According to him, the purpose of the retreats is to find solutions to existing problems within these departments.

“So far, I must announce that we have been having half-day retreats with the management and union reps [representatives] for the police and the prison and we are hoping to do the same for the Fire and Ambulance Services, and other departments in the ministry to ensure that we solve existing problems,” Blackmoore stated.

He continued, “And in a collective endeavor we double our efforts to better serve the people of Dominica.”

He also announced the following new appointments:

Fire and Ambulance Department- 26

The Prison Service- 25

Plans are also in place to train 50 police recruits.

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  1. Love I
    January 24, 2023

    Everything all institutions is in a “poor state of affairs” in Dominica.

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  2. Bwa-Banday
    January 24, 2023

    We all can agree that Mr. Jean-Jacques and Handel need a few good men and women at the prison. But while we may need more officers to meet the establishment, the head of the force is clueless and MUST go along with the AG and minister of national security. Skerrit has never held that portfolio so even if he pushes the buttons remotely Rayburn being the public face of the FAILED instution must go. Period!

    While Skerrit has failed to find someone else to head the national security ministry, there are others who can do the job instead of that recycled Rayburn. Bring back Mr. Lestrade (Former Commissioner) or even former Supt. David Andrew in Rayburn’s place, yes as a senator and put Mr. Weeks as Police Commissioner with Michael Laudat as Deputy on contract. It’s that easy. Then send Corbette and Valarie home for good so they can go take care of Carbon’s boboe. That should bring back some good officers as mentors, slow the attrition rate and start turning that ship around.

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  3. Ibo France
    January 24, 2023

    Fifty (50) new ‘police’ recruits! This is precisely out of the playbook of dictators and despots. They ensure that the military wing of the autocratic regime is adequately equipped with modern and sophisticated arms and adequate man power.

    Having said that, they are poorly trained in detection of crimes, investigative techniques, crime scene protection, evidence gathering, forensic science, etc. They only objective is to suppress any uprising, real or perceived, whenever the citizens protest for their rights.

    The CDPF is nothing more than a loose and lawless militia protecting the interests of a duplicitous and devilish autocrat.

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  4. land of the vampire
    January 24, 2023

    so what about our teachers huh????

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  5. Political science
    January 24, 2023

    Blackmore is a big part of the problem we have in Dominica and as long as we have people like him, Skerrit, Charles Savarin and other like spirits running our country expect more of the worse as the crime culture on island feeds from the nutrients coming from them

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  6. We the People
    January 24, 2023

    It would have been good to hear the voice of the Minister for National Security on the recent murders etc in Dominica? Someone please tell him to show some compassion

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  7. Lin clown
    January 23, 2023

    I have always tried to understand that national security minister.The guy is acting like he was never a police.There are too many police in task force,drug squad and ssu.There should be at lead 10 men in those units,enough to defend the 2 armouries.The majority of the officers should be on beat patrolThere should be at least 4 officers on #1 beat 24 hours from Eugenia Charles Blvd to Old Street,King George 5 st to River bank.#2 beat Old Street to Independent st,King George the 5th street and River bank 4 officers.#3 beat Independent st to Bath road and King George the 5th street 4 officers.#’s 4,5 and 6 beats mobile patrol,and the entire city is secured.It happened when the force had half of the man power the have now.That BS about retreat is just that,BS.The problem is the public no longer trust and respect the police,they have become sellouts,crooks,traitors and backstabbers.Management in the force is confused and weak.The police did not fear the Prime Minister or President.

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  8. Ibo France
    January 23, 2023

    The ‘police service’ is as good as the personnel in its organisation. This most important professional organisation should be comprised of the best and brightest from society.

    However, what we have in the police service are people of questionable character and dubious intellectual. They are not promoted on merit but for loyalty to an opportunistic LIAR (Roosevelt).

    Unless the recruitment practices change; the organisation is adequately resourced; promotion within is on merit and not favouritism; and the Chief of Police is erudite, articulate, fair and independently minded, and not a stooge of anyone will things improve.

    Spending tax payers money on members who are uniquely unfit to hold positions in this institution is like throwing buckets of water in a raging river. Complete waste of time and resources.

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  9. Galileo
    January 23, 2023

    In my view, you all are becoming ridiculous now with the number of policemen you are putting out there. It is not about quantity; it’s about quality. Focus on training and property equipping the officers rather than increasing the numbers.

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    • Beta
      January 25, 2023

      That’s something Skerrit will never understand. Having said that, he needs to give jobs to his faithfuls even though there is no need.

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  10. Bwa-Banday
    January 23, 2023

    Did you say 50 Police Officers? But wait nuh; Where are all the police officers that were trained within the last three years? It cant be that so many are retiring.

    Interestingly, recently I saw about three young people that I knew were police officers and when I referred to them as such they said that was no more. Also I met a very nice police woman Corporal I knew who worked in Laplaine and then onto immigration in Melvillehall and after greeting her she informed that she had retired out of frustration. Why are so many young, promising people are leaving the once proud and upright CDPF? Something is terribly wrong and Dca is paying a high price for our incompetence.

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