Dominica benefits from multi-million dollar security package to fight crime

Brent Hardt Chargé d’Affaires for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.* Photo credit: nationnews.com

Dominica is said to be the first country in the region to benefit from a US$79 million security package to help fight crime in the Caribbean.

The announcement was made by Charge d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Brent Hardt, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries to help fight drug trafficking within its borders and in the region

Hardt told the signing ceremony yesterday morning that the  MOU further strengthens ties between the two countries and will help provide further training for custom and coast guard officials, the police and fire and ambulance services.

The aim is to end transnational trafficking within the region.

He said the United States has also embarked on special programs for the judicial system in Dominica and two vessels will be given to Dominica towards fighting crime in the country.

Meantime, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has pledged government’s cooperation in the fight against the illicit trade and harmful illegal drugs in the Caribbean waters.

He said that the illicit drug trade is not welcomed or condoned in Dominica.

Skerrit said the government of Dominica is willing to host a meeting of high level officials with a view to arriving at a program of action geared at making the waters difficult for drug trafficking.

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56 Comments

  1. alliegning DA on the wrong side
    January 29, 2011

    This is an attempt by israel and the US to counter the iran, russia, Venezuela, china using dominica and the region’s territorial seas to threaten the US national security.

    Isreali minister visited churches,

    Visits by us secretary of defence

    Visit by US secretary of state

    Since the un sanctions on Iran and the computer virus attack on the iran nuclear program
    Washington revokes Visa of Venezuelan Ambassador.

    http://csmenetwork.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10862:washington-revokes-visa-of-venezuelan-ambassador&catid=122:csme-network-latest&Itemid=211
    http://us.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B72SI20101208?ca=rdt

    Russia Iran assist Venezuela with nuclear energy.

    Why?
    1. http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre6b01a6-us-russia-putin-missiles/

    2. http://us.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63115720100402?ca=rdt
    Russia Venezuela arms deals

    http://us.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6080BB20100109?ca=rdt

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8601388.stm
    Economic consequences of nuclear arms race.
    http://dominicanewsonline.com/dno/its-mind-boggling-tourism-minister-says-about-carnival-victorys-cancellation/

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2010/12/iran-placing-ballistic-missiles-in.html
    Iran ballistic missiles in Venezuelan territory.

    Hezbulla now run Lebanon

    Egypt falling

    Allignment of nations around israel

    Paving the way for war of Gog and Magog …Armageddon

  2. desie
    January 29, 2011

    i hope that is not the same America the opposition going and write to there
    because it looks like they want to strengthen ties with Dominica

  3. Fax Man
    January 28, 2011

    It seems like Jerry forget to write the Yankees to tell them doe give DA no money…!!! Or d letter might have go astray or worse still Obama and dem must have just throw it in the BIN….!!! LOL

    • concern/dominican
      January 28, 2011

      dont sing the hallelujah team song as yet if the USA House have anything to say now that they have been elected and intend to cut a lot of the President money projects you might have to find another song to sing and dont think that if we get the cash that it haven got strings attached remember Dominica is in bed with Venezuela and China so dont be so over confident another thing is that the USA believe that crime and drugs are rampant on our ISLAND and that’s not a good feeling having big brother look down on us

  4. nature boy
    January 28, 2011

    that was crap

    • NATURE BOY
      January 28, 2011

      is it that hard to think of another name u could use ? .

  5. LCM
    January 28, 2011

    The money helps. Strategy may need to change. Fighting drug trafficing in the caribbean should be, and i hope, a joint effort with all the caribbean islands.

    You have a coast gaurd base in Roseau with a couple vessels. Think of the amount of bays, inlets and coves in just DA, A boat can make 3 trips to Guadaloupe before the coast guard can reach woodfordhill area to intercept.

    There are just to many islands, hideouts, and water for anyone country to cover. Even the pirates of the 18th century figured that out. We may have to use Helicopters and C-130s to patrole (Which we do not have). French may be able to help.

    I think the best strategy is to use deterrence. Stiff penalties and an upgraded legal system that hands down serious punishment. Seize homes and assets if you cannot account for finances to build a $500,000 dollar home. Lets send a message to the drug dealers that dominica is not a place to pass with illegal drugs. It would be cheaper and more effective.

    I do not think we can win the battle on the sea. Too costly.

  6. Possie Man
    January 28, 2011

    Despite Agelo Allen’s assrtion that America is fed up with Dominica because of our relations with Chavez, America is showing us that they are still and will be hard to be driven off. I wonder what will Angelo say. I am sure he will find a way to spin it as per his poliTIcal ugliness.

    I still believe that the offer of 79 million (still to be explained), if all is for Dominica is still small. What we want is support to provide opportunities for our people so that they will not get tempted to go into drugs and human trafficking. If all the money go into fighting crime, and nothing go into creating opportunities to prevent crime then the money will not be properly spent. The social morass will continue after the money is exhausted.

    We need support for social development programs – skills straining, entrepreneural development, capital to support the development of small business, education training opportunities, support for agriculture etc.

    Oh by the way I thought this was an excellent opportunity for Mr.Prevost to have handed over his letter requesting American support to restore democracy here in Roseau. It would have been great to have a delegation of RIC people led by Clifford “Bala” to deliver the petition

  7. Prophet2
    January 28, 2011

    In your face Chavez…The Americans are coming, the Americans are coming.

    • D
      January 28, 2011

      Guarantee America will be no better than Chavez. At least Chaves gives money in attempts to improve the region. America only gives money to benefit its interest and never cares about people in the region. Just look at Latin America. Millions given to fights drugs but there is still a huge drug trafficing problem and the people in many of the countires who receives aid are poor poor poor. America needs to realize the problem is Americans cant stop using drugs

  8. Kryptonite
    January 28, 2011

    i don’t think think this is dry cash i think its more like boats, machines,vehicles and computers etc

    • LCM
      January 28, 2011

      What does it matter? At least you can account for these things. Who knows where the cash will go

  9. KoKo Naughts
    January 28, 2011

    If you ask me, tell the US the Caribbean is gonna need more money than that. Why is the Caribbean always getting a quass money to do something? Central America got billions from the US to stem the drug flow to the US, now that this very drug flow took a different route through the islands, and poisoning us, we getting 79M? First of all, what kind of strange number is that. 79? why not 80? De same way they gave us 25 cents to help with Grenada invasion they wanna give us 79 cents stem to drug trafficking? I guess adjusted for inflation. I hope they know when comes to drugs the highest bidder wins, and Pablo can come up with 80M easy.

    Sincerely
    KoKo Naughts.

  10. Observer
    January 28, 2011

    I doubt this money is going to be given in a lump sum – I believe it will be spread over a period of time. That was not disclosed in the report. No details of the conditions under which this money will be given was reported. Let’s wait and see what happens.

    I believe it’s a good thing to fight crime. It depresses me to see the level of criminal activities that is taking place in the once peaceful Dominica. We need to destroy this plague from the root. Some intensive programs need to be implemented at the primary school and high school levels to give young men and women an alternative lifestyle. It is much cheaper at that stage. I believe education is the key, along with providing work opportunities when people complete their studies.

    • C'est Moi
      January 28, 2011

      Contact Trevor Johnson for the details.

  11. AC
    January 28, 2011

    For some reason, I think I am reading this wrong. Is this US$79 million a package for the region, or Dominica’s portion? $79 million for the region does not give a lot of money to Dominica. By the time you repair a few police vehicles, $3.3 millon EC gone. So even if DA gets say 20% of the money, that will be gone in quick time.

  12. follower
    January 28, 2011

    News that that DA is the first Country to benefit from the US $79 million as a security package to fight crime is not good news for Dominicans and especially the DLP. This leaves me with a lot of questions, like: 1. What have we done to combat crime that impressed the US? You mean so much money at a time when we registered an increase in crime? Could it be as a result of the speed boat that was chased on our water by the US? I wonder if it is because the US is so concerned about the safety of their citizens (Ross University), that they are trying to let us know that they are keeping a very close eye on us? We better be careful because US does not give money for nothing especially when they know who our friends are. I believe the uS is just setting us up so they could better monitor us because they guard their money. Look out Skerro!

    • John Brown
      January 28, 2011

      With all that VIGOROUS Political Spin be careful you don’t get light headed, dizzy ,pass-out or fall

    • D
      January 28, 2011

      so right my friend look at Grenada! America never does anything in the best interest of small islands or other countries

  13. your a fool
    January 28, 2011

    Lets see where that money goes. Who’s pocket it going to full. Thats why they taking about a rapid response unit. Wait and see…

  14. NATURE BOY
    January 28, 2011

    this is really great news….

    the govt. of D/ca need to recruit more man power to help in that fight once it can afford it ….because it will cost us much, much more later on to try to get it under control…

    an ounce on prevention is so much better than a whole pound of cure…

    Obama’s efforts seem genuine i couldn’t have said the same for Bush….

    i will volunteer some of my time when i come home…
    just don’t want to be on the government’s payroll anymore….i enjoy being my own boss…

  15. M_A
    January 28, 2011

    I thought America was in a recession? She still has US$79 million to hand out? That’s interesting!

    • Observer
      January 28, 2011

      Technically, America is not in recession anymore. However, that’s peanuts change to what is given to Israel and Parkistan even during the recession.

  16. Q
    January 28, 2011

    Waste of money!! Dcan’s always want something. But the problem is we don’t use it for what it was intended. We only want it (spoil child). I am not against it, my only issue is will we use it the solve crime? Or will it be a white elephant?

    WHERE IS FINGER PRINT MACHINE? BY NOW WE SHOULD HAVE A DATA BASE!!
    WHAT IS BEING DONE WITH ALL THE FISHERY COMPLEX AROUND THE ISLAND?
    WHATS UP WITH THE STADIUM WE ALL WERE CRYING ABOUT? IT’S DONE. BUT IS IT BEING USE TO IT FULL POTENTIAL?
    IT CAN GO ON AND ON! BUT WHAT A CULTURE!!!!
    BUT WE ALMOST AT THE END OF OUR ROPE.
    Please my people lets get serious because at the end is our children that going to inherit all the wrong decision we have made and making !!

  17. Gee
    January 28, 2011

    That’s good news!!!! Add a radars at each end of DA!!

  18. DA2DBONE
    January 28, 2011

    But ay ay this nothing new in DA. is putting cat to watch butter justice going on. How are we going to stop crime when criminals and men who have essentially hijacked the constitution are in charged. Besides, i find pm was looking well distracted yesterday. he seemed troubled. yes, I can read body language! ask him if you can, I don’t know but he seemed not his usual “confident” self. Maybe,betrayal on the brain. Back to the subject. I wonder why Dominica was chosen first? Or maybe we chose to be first? Just wondering. Eagles Eyes in the sky eh. Say what all you want about America, but don’t think for a minute we are not being watched. And for damn good reason TOO!

  19. c bruce
    January 28, 2011

    THATS GOOD NEWS

  20. Dominica sanitizer
    January 28, 2011

    Why is Dominica the first? Probably because it has the worst record? Just a thought. For those people who are talking trash there…Especially John Brown, who also has an opinion, but very little knowledge and understanding of anything. It is in America’s best interest to stop crime in the Caribbean because it spills into their territory… Skerro they know! Big brother knows everything that is happening, so don’t even try!!

    • Anti-hate
      January 28, 2011

      For u to say that Dominica could possibly have the worst record in a region with countries like Antigua, St. Vincent and now St. Kitts etc which have become over-run with drugs shows who is really the one lacking knowledge.

      As I said before, Skerrit-haters will always find a way to make a positive into a negative. If we had gotten the assistance last you all would have said why Skerrit didn’t push harder to get assistance earlier, he must be trying to protect his friends in drugs.

      There is just no pleasing you haters wow.

      • Dominica sanitizer
        January 28, 2011

        Anti- Hate, I really pity you and others like you… What is so positive in that? Please explain to me. You didn’t understand a word I said… This is not about Dominica and or the Caribbean; it is about protecting AMERICA”S interest. I am sure you will see this as gesture towards Skerritt and his gang because the USA is oh so pleased with them and they love them just as you and others like you love them! Ha ha ha

        • Anti-hate
          January 28, 2011

          The article stated that we will be receiving two vessels. Isn’t the police force getting new equipment and training a positive? Or is that a negative now? Excuse my ignorance for thinking it’s positive!

          U’re not the sharpest tool in the tool box are you? I’m sure u can read over my post 10 times and not find anywhere that I stated that they are pleased with Skerrit.

          The positive is that we are getting equipment that we would other-wise have been hard-pressed to afford. Plain and simple. Coast Guard boats and the equipment they come with are not cheap.

          As to why we are first, couldn’t it simply be that out of all the countries, our force is the most ill-equipped so we got priority? Doesn’t that make sense? Why give two more boats to a country which already has five ahead of D/a which only has one?

          Remember that other countries have been fighting a serious drug trade long before us so it makes sense that they have a head start in acquiring the equipment needed for the fight.

          PS. I don’t want or need your pity. You’re a hater. You know how I know that you’re a hater? Bcuz haters always find a reason to hate. A life of hating is a pretty miserable and bitter existence. It involves stuff like you coming on DNO in war mode, with your pressure up, and addressing people with obvious contempt. Meanwhile i’m chilling on my couch, listening to Weezy and seeing wat’s new. I have no interest in living a life of hate so really I’m the one who should be pitying you.

    • John Brown
      January 28, 2011

      I love you too XXXXXXX

    • John Brown
      January 28, 2011

      Do you think they know or remember the (fact )that Mr.JAMES called them Economic Terrorist?

      A fact is a statement that can be proven by direct experience or objective verification. A statement of fact can be checked for accuracy. The U.S is strengthening ties with us.This is a statement of fact, not an Opinion. The love letters did nothing to deter them,

      An opinion is a statement of belief or judgment that cannot be objectively be proven true. Opinions usually express the feelings, preferences or biases that a person has on a subject. You Sir clearly have a BIAS on this subject because it disproves you and your party lies. So i put it to you that you are the one with the OPINION.

      Hope you took good notes from this lecture on these two types of statements.Rememb if your opinion of me is believed by you and other UWP supporters, it does not make it a fact.

  21. mouth of the south
    January 28, 2011

    real possie n anti-hate u all act like lil hypocrites,,,, who accused the p.m of being a drug dealer huh?? well well only mr timothy gave that assumption,,,,, now only if u all know of something that we don’t,,, stop trying to raise new problems for skerro if allu love him so,,,, we have him right where we need him,,,, answer about the villas n questionable land deals,,,, that money is just going to pay for vehicles the police men use to go behind allu woman

  22. John Brown
    January 28, 2011

    Why would the U.S give a dictator US$79 million dollars? Are they not afraid he would steal the money like dictators the UWP has compare him to? Didn’t Mr.Jerry Brisbane letter give them any warning? how about Mr.Norris Prevost letter, did they get it?

    Why is the U.S strengthens ties with a dictator? It’s like they don’t believe the UWP love letters and Political rhetoric.Well, I don’t blam them, i don’t believe it either.

    • Fortunate Circumstances:
      January 28, 2011

      Maybe he is not a dictator after all.

      • Dominica sanitizer
        January 28, 2011

        John Brown again READ if you can “Dominica is said to be the first country in the region to benefit from a US$79 million security package to help fight crime in the Caribbean” Does that really tell you that the USA is giving Dominica 79 million dollars??? Again fighting crime in the Caribbean is in THE INTEREST OF AMERICA especially crimes like drugs and money laundering, they are affected by it big time.. 80% the drugs on the streets of America come from Mexico and the Caribbean!! THINK!! for heavens sake. All you care people care about is to scrape the bottom of the Barrel to get a reason to give Skerritt praises!!!

        • John Brown
          January 28, 2011

          1% 2% 50% of the US$79 million, the fact is the U.S is strengthens ties with us and we are supposedly ruled by a dictator. If you can read and i can’t did you see this line in the story.

          “Hardt told the signing ceremony yesterday morning that the MOU further strengthens ties between the two countries” yes or no?

      • Read
        January 28, 2011

        US$79 million is for the entire Cariibean. Read!!!!!!!

        • John Brown
          January 28, 2011

          We all seeing what we want, did you see this line? “Hardt told the signing ceremony yesterday morning that the MOU further strengthens ties between the two countries”

    • D
      January 28, 2011

      America likes dictators who support and do what ever they want. Just look at Latin America. America gave millions to dictators in the region during the 80 to fight drugs. Or look at China and Egypt best friends with America. They only dislike dictators when they dont do what benefits America like Castro and Chavez

      • John Brown
        January 28, 2011

        If the U.S likes dictators then what is Prevost writing them about?

  23. John Brown
    January 28, 2011

    I guess President Obama did not get Mr.Norris Prevost letter yet?

    • mouth of the west
      January 28, 2011

      hahhahaha…lol….hahahahha

    • WIKILEAKS
      January 28, 2011

      Actually, President Obama got the letter, but when he saw the picture of an unkept, unshaved and uncombed Norris Prevost, he said….hold on …the Taliban is in Dominica already. Let me disbursed some money to keep this taliban, unshaven and unkept man in check.

      • Burrr
        January 28, 2011

        LMAO @ WIKILEAKS! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • mahaut
        January 28, 2011

        hahaha…too freaking funny

      • NATURE BOY
        January 28, 2011

        lol …lol

      • AC
        January 28, 2011

        Wikileaks,

        Norris send a picture too? He think Obama is his uncle for real? What the …………. You funny like hell.

        • Tx island boy
          January 28, 2011

          lmao

      • Obamama
        January 29, 2011

        My God!! This one really did it for me today…just what I needed to start off my day!! Darn good one!

  24. Soldier101
    January 28, 2011

    All Americans trying to do is to control all about Any way they can!!! WHO ON EARTH TELL THEM CRIME GO STOP NA????

  25. real possie
    January 28, 2011

    And they say u a drug dealer then y would u agree to accept that kind of help from the us wait they
    gona say u will have your police handel that on the days when your drugs coming in. I cant wait to
    see the responce on here today.

    • Anti-hate
      January 28, 2011

      I agree with you Real.

      It’s a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

      Ron Green just released a statement saying the gov’t is doing anything to combat crime. Now we see the gov’t signing an agreement to prop up crime-fighting, the UWPites will find some way to spin this into a negative.

      That’s why its best we ignore these Skerrit-haters as much as possible and work to develop our country.

      • Papa Dom
        January 28, 2011

        Are you stupid or what? how could a gov’t not agree to receive aid, any aid when it is a begging gov’t? in any case thi is not not an initiative of the G.o D but the U.S gov’t and they may be starting with Dominica because the problem is manageable now, so at least there is a good side to this.

  26. AC
    January 28, 2011

    Timely..

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