Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said Dominica is hoping to introduce polygraph testing this year as it presses on to fight crime.
The system, which will be implemented with assistance from foreign governments, will particularly be in place for police and intelligent officers who are “placed in sensitive areas of national security.”
“We have to treat sensitive and intelligent information with the highest security that it warrants. By sharing intelligent information with any criminal, we are compromising not only ourselves but the security of our families and the entire state,” Skerrit said Thursday at a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United States to fight crime at sea.
The ‘Dominica/U.S. Secure Seas’ program will tackle the illicit drug trade, a matter that Dominica is committed to, according to Prime Minister Skerrit. But he noted advancing technology is making it tougher to fight the drug trade.
“We have strengthened and reinforced legislation to deter and also to punish perpetrators of this heinous … however, the vast ocean around us and advanced and sophisticated technology at the disposal of traffickers, make it possible for the illicit trade to persist, despite our best efforts. That is why we welcome the assistance and cooperation of friendly nations and allies, such as the government of the United States,” he said.