Dominica to get Assistant Commissioner of Police

Police officers on parade in Dominica. File photo

Dominica will soon have an Assistant Commissioner of Police who will be responsible for crime prevention, crime reduction, crime intelligence and forensic management.

Minister for National Security Rayburn Blackmoore made that announcement in Parliament on Thursday night during the debate on the Police Amendment Act.

“Policing has become more complex and now greater demands in terms of manpower and technology are being placed on the police force,” he said. “The regional security system council of ministers recently approved a programme aimed at developing a common approach to policing in the Caribbean and in keeping with this programme many of the islands have restructured the police forces to make provision for the rank of assistant commissioner of police.

According to Blackmoore, Dominica is the only country without the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

He noted it is noteworthy that in recent times a number of new units have been added to the Police Force in Dominica, all requiring direction and coordination at the senior level.

Some the units include the Tourism Protection Unit, the Task Force, and Major Crime Unit.

Blackmoore mentioned further that an Assistant Commissioner of Police, therefore, will provide strong support to the Chief of Police in these areas in advancing and developing the police force as a professional organization.

“The officer will be required to report directly to the Deputy Chief of Police and will have the responsibility of crime prevention, crime reduction, crime intelligence and forensic management,” he stated.

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37 Comments

  1. May 8, 2018

    Mr Blackmoore you are correct sir that Dominica is the only country without an Assistant Commissioner of Police and that has been so for a very long time; not surprising since we seem to have adopted a position of being last in everything good. The timing of this newly created position is rather suspicious and some questions should be answered in the Police/Public interest (1) What is the job description of the ACP; (2) Is the post going to be advertised so as to allow the best candidate to be able to fill the post; (3) Are there any persons within the rank and file of the CDPF at this time suitable to occupy the post. (4) Do we have a Deputy Chief of Police?. The Police Force is in dire need of leadership at this juncture and please don’t let it be another Square Peg In Round Hole appointment; only Crime and Criminals will be the benefactor. My advises sir for a candidate; ACP Rodney a son of the soil of the RSS at a post Maria briefing was the most articulate and knowledgeable.

    • quantico
      May 9, 2018

      Are you kidding me Sir? The individual you are talking about here is now the new Ag Commissioner of Police in Antigua. I am not sure if this was ever mention in the media in Dominica, if not how sad huh? anyways as you suggested the ACP can be taken from within the rank file by applying for the post and may the best suitable candidate wins or he can be brought from outside, UK Canada or Australia. Still unbelievable to me there was no ACP in Da in this day and age. ACP’s are head of Departments including Crime, Traffic, Prison and the SSU, so it beats me there was no ACP before and there can’t be one deputy it must be two, one for the operations portfolio of the force and other Administration and that is why the Service is in such disarray logistically speaking with low morale, but excellent and serious police officers, given the right tools and a good atmosphere of which to work in I have no doubt you will have a much better police service. Lastly the name of the building should…

      • quantico
        May 9, 2018

        The name should be changed to Police Administration Building and also name change the force to something lighter an more community and people oriented to the Dominica Police Service because that’s what the men and women are providing to the Citizenry. God bless Dominica and it’s people.

  2. Treski
    May 8, 2018

    they dony know what to put in that again… that has to be the worst police force in the eastern caribbean. .. why? Because these simpletons dont seem to realize or can’t seem to realize that politics undermining the police force. There seems to be no leadership in this police force. .that is if they know the meaning.. and the commisioner seems to be fighting against his own men… I don’t know where they learn that from if is Zimbabwe… but I mean from what I have heared officers reporting these men in the top brass don’t give a flying **** bout ther men…. they keep taking officers by the 100 and has nowhere to house them… I mean holly **** who does that? All these people care bout is hiring? And the poor Lil guys has to use the Lil quass money to rent an apartment ? My god raven blackmore are u for real? ARe you guys sane? My god that has to be the worst government ever in the history of this country.. history won’t speak well bout you guys.. this country need to…

  3. LangSal
    May 7, 2018

    So Blackie, Permit Me 2 Get This Straight! All Cannot Afford 2 Pay Nurses, Teachers, But Allu Can Afford Assistant Commissioner? SMMFH, RAYBURN, U REALLY *** BACKWARD BOI.

  4. I say so
    May 7, 2018

    If Dominica got assistant president that would change nothing; even if Dominica got assistant Prime Minister that would not change anything. If every cabinet minister got an assistant, that would not change anything. If the Bishop of Roseau got assistant that would change nothing; if every pastor and evangelist got an assistant that would change nothing. No matter what we change or try to show as an upgrade, that will change nothing. Our problem is from the top.; by this I mean Roosevelt Skerrit. Unless we change him Dominica will just keep getting from bad to worse. When the ROOT is corrupt expect the tree, branches, leafs and fruits to be corrupt. YOU MUST deal with the root to change the outcome or the fruits. Things are as they are because they are feeding from Roosevelt Skerrit

    • May 9, 2018

      it does not matter how many chiefs, deputies, or advisers u put in fighting crime is a police public partnership. presently the public has lost trust in the police. the cop on the beat day and night is instrumental in reducing crime and finally the manipulation by the govt. must stop.

  5. Shaka Zulu
    May 7, 2018

    Commissioner of Police who will be responsible for crime prevention, crime reduction, crime intelligence and forensic management. Is that not the responsibility of every officer who takes the oath? You could designate an inspector for each of these. This is not a futuristic update. This is no different than shaving a dog and calling it a pig. What the minister should do is change the pay structure of the force. Train persons with degrees in Accounting with at least one CPA, open positions for a couple lawyers, a few forensic experts schooled and trained, a police with a medical degree etc. These folks can be paid for thier qualifications and will be a higher than a regular constable or sarge. I have seen two many cases lost because of incompetent personal. A known drug dealer caught in middle of noght with drug on his vehicle and he walks. That way the apptitude and capability of our force will increase and fight tbe smart criminals. There are also white collar crimes that go

    • Shaka Zulu
      May 7, 2018

      Unpunished. These criminals are educated and get away because they are frankly brighter than our cops. We have to think outside the box because the biggest perpetrators of crimes are not always the poor rough top on the streets but the ones dressed in suit and tie in the fancy house and expensive cars. What the minister is proposing above is nothing but makeup on an ugly chick. As i said before we need an ideological and intellectual revolution in this place these people running the country have no vision whatsoever.

  6. Pamala
    May 7, 2018

    Who have time for that jabal police leaving in so much poor condition in morne Bruce a swimming pool with mold that’s what u call living like cabo

  7. Jonathan Y St Jean
    May 7, 2018

    At a time when the treasury is receiving a lot less revenue is not the time to be creating such an unnecessary position, considering there is a position of deputy police commissioner.What this muppet show for a government needs is to stimulate the economy so more jobs will be created and more money will flow into the government coffers.Instead we are witnessing more ministries and government ministries that ever before and yet few results to show for it.There is a saying that if you throw enough mud at a brick wall then some is bound to stick.I guess after 18 years of failure to drive a successful economy and having so many more ministers of government than any previous administration, then desperate times call for desperate measures.Go figure

  8. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    May 7, 2018

    Really?
    I have a few cases that he/she can work on ASAP.
    1. The GON Emmanuel Case.
    2. The Monga Freeman aka Omari Smalls murder
    3. Who stole the keys to the registry
    4. Who broke into the DPP’s Office on King George 5th Street/Independence Street
    5. Who keeps robbing the Castle Comfort Gas Station.

    That should keep them busy for starters.

  9. jihan
    May 7, 2018

    The corrupt police system,that must be loyal to the Skerrit Regime.

  10. Tobby
    May 7, 2018

    remove the rank of Assistant superintend off police and just make it one rank Superintend, there is no need for that rank, but a COP need two Assistant on his side

  11. Tobby
    May 7, 2018

    Dominica is in need of at least 2 Assistant Commissioners of Police, One for Crime prevention and the other one for Operations.

  12. The Valley
    May 7, 2018

    I guess qualifications don’t matter anymore in this ya Police Force!
    Some officers can’t even write a statement or give evidence in court and yet they have moved up the ranks so fast you would think they had degrees from London Police Training School.
    The Force as we know it is gone.
    Are there Officers who have the grit to change the course of the way the Force and Nation is heading?

  13. Da Girl
    May 7, 2018

    DO we have a forensic unit? Lab? I know for a fact that we have persons who have studied forensics at a tertiary level and all that goes with it (chemistry, bio-chemistry, physics etc) who are migrating because we have no use for them. We need to invest in a proper forensics lab and personnel who are independent of all influence.

    • Toto
      May 8, 2018

      My dear, we even don’t have breathalysers. I don’t know anyone in Dominica ever charged for driving under the influence, havey you?

  14. Mahaut
    May 6, 2018

    I will put my girlfriend in that position and no dog bark! or else all you will not be given any bones at the end of it all.

  15. Music Producer
    May 6, 2018

    there is not a person or set of people that can prevent crime! Crime prevention is a myth, farce and a made-up, stupid job description!

  16. East India Company
    May 6, 2018

    No sense at all. An ACP that reports to the micromanager deputy?? What a load of crap. This position will be as inefective as the major crime unit which is virtually non-existent

  17. Panda ?
    May 5, 2018

    Looks like Dominica is really crime ridden. People behave allu self. Let’s help rebuild Dominica and stop fighting each other

  18. Self
    May 5, 2018

    There would be no need for this, is we had a commissioner of Police.

  19. Roy Williams
    May 5, 2018

    I wonder if this post was created for Mills, as his repayment, because of his daily denigrating, on radio, of Linton and Fontaine.

  20. Filip
    May 5, 2018

    Still won’t increase the efficiency of this political force. .. u really have to ask yourself what is the motive of skerite when the man said there’s no money in the countryear for increase in salary but he sees the need to increase the police force by 100 and he is increasing it so quick and is close to a general election. Is like this man is desperate.. he sends for more police to protect him… he sends for military type of vehicles so he could use to intimidate people … he plays arround with electoral reform… he keeps an incompetent hierarchy in the police force not withstanding the gross mismanagement of the state security during maria.. he runs the state like a dictatorship has his people victimizing the public… he lies alot and calls it politics… 18 years and still the country looks like parts of Haiti. .. this man has the people at their lowest living capacity and tells them to say thank god they have him to help them… I mean omg… travel and u will see…

  21. John Jay
    May 5, 2018

    We can’t increase the salaries of the nurses ,civil servant and port workers, but in this resilient time you are creating jobs for the boys.
    The people need food on their table. But it will be very interesting to see who is this person they will be appointing to this position ( probably the radio police) so just wait and see.

  22. Neville
    May 5, 2018

    And what exactly is that decision in aid of. 1) the DPF needs to be detached from Government as a whole and Skerrit in particular, 2) Blackmoore needs to be replaced for incompetence, 3) Carbon needs to be replaced for incompetence preferably by a foreign professional who is independent of politics.

  23. KERI
    May 4, 2018

    The police force is now a jobs program Mr. Blacky

  24. Insider
    May 4, 2018

    Man be honest! You are not satisfied with the performance of Carbon so you are just getting someone to run things since yiu guys cannot get rid of Carbon for private reasons..PM does not want Carbon to expose him..Carbon Blue vex

  25. Looking from outside
    May 4, 2018

    The ideal candidate for this post should be one who have pursued studies in criminal justice at tertiary level. This is an all.encompassing degree which focuses on causes of crime, and examines the best practices in crime prevention.

  26. a question
    May 4, 2018

    I observe that the amendment to the Stamp Act will take effect from November 2015. Why is that so and will the government, in this cash strapped economy refund the stamp fees already paid between November 2015 and the passing of the amendment to the Act. Stamp fees for sale/purchase of properties worth at least 3 million dollars is a lot of money to be returned from the Treasury. So what about regular people who are buying property for less than 3 million dollars and not involved in hotels. Are they going to get a break on the fees that they pay for registration of land too.

  27. anonymous2
    May 4, 2018

    We will see if this makes any type of difference. Responsive field personnel is what is needed.

  28. May 4, 2018

    Jobs for the boys :-D

  29. Sams
    May 4, 2018

    What next boy look bs in this place guess I’m lost

  30. Tobby
    May 4, 2018

    Really I thought Dominica had this rank in the Force. Well where I am have 3 assistant commissioners of police then deputy and chief of police

    • Jen
      May 4, 2018

      How many people are where you are? Do they have 19 ministers for less than 70,000 people too?

    • Quantico
      May 7, 2018

      Absolutely nothing wrong with that assumption, most all departments have this rank I was stunned myself as a Dominican. Dominica seems to be somewhat backwards with the simplest of things. After superintendent, there is always 2 or 3 assistant commissioners and then two Deputies responsible for Operations and Administration and then the Chief or Cop. As a matter of fact this is why it has been so difficult in the force for upward mobility, and officers seems to be in a post for do long and most of the time have to retire at these Junior Rank which affects their pension anyway, Because some of them could have retired at higher ranks, whether the Police Force is small or not makes no difference. The Powers that be whilst you all are it I suggest you all do it properly once and for all. You are going to find you have a much better force, how could you not have two Deputies under Chief for the two position I mentioned earlier surprises me. Assistant Commissioners are for Head of the Dept..

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