Gov’t seeking to implement polygraph testing for police officers

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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.

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62 Comments

  1. lyndon2007
    January 30, 2011

    this is toooo funny, i have read all your comments and all i have to say is: skerrit so full of lies, god alone knows if he actually goin to bring that in, cus we all need to get real and realise the amount of empty promises droped on our laps in dominica can build a new ministry IN LETTER MAIL. LMAO!

    • da real...... HMMMM
      January 31, 2011

      i really doe care if d gorvmnt lien or not .. dr a still no better ppl to run d country …dont car wa skerrit does to run d country once is now d oposition da dr if allu finkin skerrit corrupted n stupid hmm i doe want see wat allu goin call james n green

  2. Know nut
    January 29, 2011

    The headline reads GOVERNMENT SEEKING TO IMPLEMENT POLYGRAPH TESTING FOR POLICE OFFICERS, the way this reads it seems that the police officers will be the ones being tested then maybe they need to be tested because Mr CARETTE has requested from a foreign government One ARSONIST to do what .so long after all forensic evidence has deteriorated and can be of no use, then maybe he has a plan to set a few more undetected fires, Dont these people Engage their brain before putting mouth into motion

    • lyndon2007
      January 30, 2011

      lmao soooo true…. hahahahahahaha :-D :-D :-D :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  3. speak kweyol instead
    January 29, 2011

    The system will particularly be in place for police and intelligent officers who are “placed in sensitive areas of national security.” AG. Police Commissioner Carette needs a test for real. Carette mentioned that The Police would seek help from the Americans for AN ARSONIST. Dominicans, do you all know what is AN ARSONIST? An ARSONIST is one who engages in ARSON like burning down people’s houses to cause death or other harm to people. Was Carrette aware of what he said? That man is Dominica’s Ag. Chief of Police? Well, now we know how he got to that position and who put him there. It certainly was not because of his intelligence? Inspector Weekes would never make such a foolish statement. Was Carrette speaking the Truth or telling a lie? Carrette should be the FIRST POLICE to be tested with that Polygraph equipment. Dominicans have heard some irresponsible statements coming from Carrette’s mouth that is frightening. Can Carrette critically think, analyse a situation properly before taking action? The AG. should publicly apologise and correct that foolish mistake. The world heard him.

  4. The truth
    January 29, 2011

    My country really backward. Everything is politics. How does a lie detector become a political issue? Anyway, it’s a great idea and I support.

    And dno, what a pic to put up lol. Simpsons yea lol

    • Lord!
      January 29, 2011

      because the government is a lying and cleptomaniac government

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2011

      Don’t u know all decisions taken by the state is poitical,that’s why u think the country is backward because of people like u!

  5. Kalinago EmpreSS
    January 29, 2011

    What the police force needs is a Finger Printing Database!! C’mon PM Skerrit! The Lie Detector equipment should be tested on u first!!

    • for your info
      January 29, 2011

      you are so true.
      he has no trust in the police force.
      i hope he will get tested too.

    • x da cop nyc
      January 29, 2011

      That is very true. There should be quotas for cops who are not performing and should also be monitored.

  6. Poule Coutouni
    January 29, 2011

    Skerrite should be the first to be TESTED

  7. Boyz2men
    January 29, 2011

    First man to take the Polygraph should be Carrett. :lol: :wink:

  8. Dominican Man
    January 28, 2011

    O here we go again every body taking the police force as a dam joke and frankly our police officers should send a strong message to whom ever needs to be put on notice that police officers are not pigs what is good for the goose is good for the gander! I am not oppose to Goverment doing what it sees fit to keep persons in sensitive positions on the hush,hush but make no mistake and thats a fact there a those in the Goverment that need to be tested for speaking out on matters of the state to some of their out side woman and leaving their offices high day and during working hrs to F…… other man wife and guys girl friends those alledged culprits know them selves they tell their girfriends every thing. How do i know that ?????? cause some of them come to me and like the saying goes a thief does not like his brother carrying his bag when i do them they tell on the same people who`s doing them as well. So my message to those concern. If you live in a glass house you should not throw stones” IF its good for the police it should be equally good for those in Goverment and those in charge of representing us at the courts. Hint, Hint. stay tuned!

    • Lizavier4Jesus
      January 29, 2011

      Dominican Man

      I do not understand how your sentiment fits in here. “If its good for the police” What do you mean? I don’t know if this initiative is a good one, but I understand that it is a plan to help “the police” track down those who are involved in crimes, and especially drug trafficing–whoever they are!

      What is that about your relationship with the human beings of our government? Don’t forget boys will be boys. It is us who have to demand that they respect us, otherwise we simply must hold our peace.

      But be consoled, that God will disclose the “truth” at His time, for His judgment. No one can hide from Him! “Let not your heart be troubled: says Jesus Christ.

  9. John
    January 28, 2011

    I did it when I was a Police officer ( U.S authority & RSS) so there is a need for it, especially the 2 guys at the head and those responsible to the sensitive section of the Force. We will know where we are heading base on what i & the other people are hearing that’s happening inside there.

    There is a need for that and if any one is found wanting especially the senior officers and head of various section, they should be FIRED and take there benefits from them.

    So, I give the govt heads up on this even though am a critic of the govt . So Mr.skerrit come on and bring down if you do want a Safe, Discipline & Effective COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA FORCE.

    • papa way
      January 29, 2011

      …lie detectors??? They should introduce a spelling test, an intelligence test and perhaps a test for common sense. There’s no up-to-date police national computer system, no easily accessible criminal records database and let’s not even take about DNA

      There are certain things that are important to well-being and security of a nation, someone wearing a uniform lying seems pretty low down my list of pressing issues

      The only truth in lying is that everybody has done it!

  10. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 28, 2011

    “The doctor at the PMH gave a totally different story from the Police who was trying to setup the young man they accused. His friend who actually did the crime within days skipped the country”

    You need to shot your mouth, okay, I know what I am talking about, because I know about DNA, makers, and what is involve in the process.

    You can bring any crap any doctor at Princes Margaret Hospital wrote, it will not matter squat doodle to me unless, they are trained in the science of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) which is nucleic acid of complex molecular structure occurring in cell nuclei as the basic structure of both animal and human genes.

    DNA is present in all body cells of every species, including unicellular organism and DNA viruses. DNA molecules are linear polymers of small molecules called nucleotides, each of which consists of one molecule of the five-carbon sugar deoxyribose bonded to a phosphate group, and to one of four heterocyclic nitrogenous compounds referred to as bases.

    I will leave it here, I simply wanted you to know that I am not just someone who simply runs my mouth off without substance, and unless you have someone at PMH, who is a specialist in the field of DNA science, what the may have written and presented to the court may not even worth the paper the crap was written on.

    Name me one single doctor in Dominica, at the time of the incident, who held any qualification as an DNA expert!

    Whoever, you are you could have gone to medical school for twenty years, and by the time you leave what you may believe you learn in medical, might not be enough to preventing a DNA, trained scientist, and doctor from making a fool out of you in a court of law, where it pertains to DNA evidence.

    If we do not have a single endocrinologist in Dominica, who is the DNA expert have got?

    If you would like me to give you an education on the subject, I can accommodate you, so just shot your mouth whoever you are!

    So confident I am I do not try to insult the intelligence of others under some no name, or a fictitious name.

    I Am!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  11. hm!
    January 28, 2011

    LOL to the pic….

    who gan do/read it??? the cops de jus train dere…hehehe…ok…..maybe dey will think d fing drawing mountains…sorrry…..lol….

  12. Larpo Karl
    January 28, 2011

    Dominica has about 400 police officers.If they are all tested 380 will have to be fired including carrette.And we will hav a force of only 20 including weekes,Just food for thought.

  13. Lying is now an institution
    January 28, 2011

    Would those in Govt., in Public Office, who enrich themselves quickly through secret, controversial means, be brought for testing as well to find out whether they are speaking the truth? Skerritt and his incompetent bunch would overwork that machine. Dominicans, just think of it. The number of times we have found those fellas lying and making excuses after lying, is amazing. Many examples could be mentioned. A few include The Trafalgar Land deal, the Fertilizer and Rubbish Bin Bobols, Dual Citizenship, the Layou River Hotel saga and David Hsui, Felix Chen and US $20,000,000.00, MOU with China, Night landing fiasco, National projects, tendering and millions going to some pockets, Million dollar Pyramid Scheme, Fertilizer from Morocco, Electricity would be cheaper with Petro Caribe, Geothermal Project go slow and the list goes on and on and on.

    When someone habitually lies he always feels others will do the same. The Pathological LIAR knows not about TRUTH. Therefore in his SUB-CONSCIOUS the idea of a machine to test others to find out whether what is said is true or false is given some thought for implementation.

    Dominica is more in need of a strategy to be implemented for economic, social/cultural development to reverse the downward slide to increased poverty. Dominica needs those in power to stop immediately the political influence of the judicial system and to allow JUSTICE to PREVAIL. All should be equal in the eyes of the LAW. Will a lie detector (polygraph testing) prevent PROTECTION of those ‘HIGH REPUTE persons involved in criminal acts as we are seeing now so often? Awaiting an answer.

  14. LCM
    January 28, 2011

    Run a test on the Government first to make sure it working.

    • notnice
      January 28, 2011

      lol

  15. Jen Dominique
    January 28, 2011

    Aaaa You have jokes…I wonder what would happen if I squeeze my balzzzzzzzzz?

  16. concern Dominican
    January 28, 2011

    It is long over due ,also Mr Prime Minister any one arrested should be finger printed . and kept on file , upgrade the whole police force.

    • for your info
      January 29, 2011

      just to let you know that Dominica has one of the cleanest Police Forces in the region. You talk about corruption? Search outside of DA. We good to compare others so get better your facts right.

  17. i have questions
    January 28, 2011

    shaba did you kill the woman at morne daniel?
    dodds are you really a changed man?
    skerrit do you really own those villas?
    uwp do you think you will ever win an election?
    earl when you coming back?
    isidore u bomb d man house?

    • AC
      January 28, 2011

      :lol: :lol: So you going and put every Dominican in the chair and ask them questions then? This is a good idea. Why don’t we continue the list of people and the questions we have for them?

      • DA Beauty
        January 30, 2011

        lol

    • Servant of the Lord
      January 30, 2011

      How about ” Will you people on here ever give up gossip and come to know Christ as your Lord and Savior?”

  18. Anonymous
    January 28, 2011

    Who will administer these tests?

  19. AC
    January 28, 2011

    What happens to those who don’t pass the test? Will they be fired? How will they be looked at by the rest of the police force? How about Dominica as a whole? Will they be sent to jail? Will this cause division within the police force? Just axing!!

  20. Disclaimer
    January 28, 2011

    That is not reliable. You need to watch more Law and Order. There’s a way to beat the machine..And tests can be wrong. A perosn ight be calm and still pass the test when in fact they’re guilty. ALso, the psyche of a person may affect the results.Ther person may be shizo or frantic and the results prove them to be guilty.but I want all them big time ppl to take it….at leats u can catch a fish!!! Never know!!LOl.

  21. 14 karat
    January 28, 2011

    I believe we start polygraphing the prime minister, Ambrose George, Charles Savarin and last but not least Cyrill Carette. Maybe me after till then the polygraph machine will be another obsolete G overnment equipment

  22. Dominica sanitizer
    January 28, 2011

    The first people this test should be administered on are the leaders! I have some questions for the person you will be administering the test of Skerritt first.. Do you own the villas? When did you acquire you citizenship? Which passport do you use when you go on your dubious trips! Do you own properties in Miami and New York? Where did you get the 23 million dollars for your last campaign?

    For those of you who are quick to opine on issues you know nothing about follow the links below to educate yourself on the reliability of the polygraph test before you offer you uninformed opinions. Thank you very much.

    http://herrickpolygraph.com/Validity%20%26%20Reliability.html
    http://www.ptv-services.co.za/polygraph-in-general/polygraph-reliability.php
    http://www.ehow.com/facts_6796586_reliability-lie-detector-tests.html

  23. Fairplay
    January 28, 2011

    Lie Dectectors are not reliable and not admissible in US Courts of Law.

  24. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 28, 2011

    Though Polygraph Testing is not a bad idea to certain extent, I would like to remind you Mr. Prime Minister, that due to the unreliability of such equipment, hundreds of innocent people in the United States in the past was convicted based on the findings of polygraph testing.

    In reality, the people convicted were actually innocent, that is why in the United States of America, information obtained from polygraph testing are not admissible in court.

    It is a known fact that there are people who have manipulated the machine to produce the result they want the machine to produce.

    Guilty suspects, have manipulated the instruments, to make them past the test, while nervousness, has caused the innocent to fail the test!

    What happens during a polygraph test is that it monitors the individual’s emotions, if one is abele to anticipate a question before it is ask, they may be able to react to the question in a way that the machine will not be able to detect if they are deceptive or not.

    We have to be very careful; I mean we can implement it in the country, however, I believe it will detour justice, since the operator of the instrument can also manipulate the machine to do exactly what they want it to do.

    Thus an operator can cause an innocent person to fail the polygraph test!

    Let me get a little bit personal here:

    In Dominica, people have accused you sir, of everything evil under the Sun.

    Assuming that it gets to a point Mr. Prime Minister, where you have to take a polygraph test, all they would have to do, is get someone who knows how to manipulate, that machine to test you, and he/she could get you into big trouble even if you are totally innocent, of whatever you are accused of.

    That is a dangerous bit of equipment to introduce into Dominica; I would not advised the introduction of this machine in our country, based on the fact that I am aware that they highly unreliable, and if deoxyribonucleic acid DNA evidence, which is the most reliable evidence today is not admissible in the courts of Dominica, I don’t see why we should introduce a machine known to be unridable, which will serve no other purpose than to destroy innocent life’s.

    If Bruney, a lawyer who has absolutely no scientific training in deoxyribonucleic acid evidence, could go into a court, and convince a judge that the DNA specimen of an accuse found on a dead child he murdered, does not prove his client guilty, and the judge agreed with him and set the murder free, polygraph testing evidence would become a football in the courts of Dominica.

    That is my humble opinion!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Lizavier4Jesus
      January 28, 2011

      Fete

      I must say that your objectives here, are well defined. I hope that the Prime Minister and his men of government have carefully examined the effects of this initiative–the idea of Polygraph Testing in Dominica.

      It all boils down to the fact that as human beings, we always believe that there is no other way, but to use our own strength–human wisdom and philosophy– to accomplish our goals, or to solve the difficult circumstances in our personal lives, our environment, and our works. But this effort almost never works well enough. The products always manifest, distinctively, with some sort of deficiency–most often, making the matter much, much worse; until we have no control.

      Oh, that man would come to realize that God is living God, who created him; and by His authority, he can live a Life of Eternal abundance and rest–peace and joy of the mind.

    • Sam
      January 28, 2011

      You see how some people does just hear things and repeat like parrots.

      Bruney did not win his case based on convincing the judge that the DNA specimen of the accused does not prove his guilt but whose DNA was it in truth and in-fact! The doctor at the PMH gave a totally different story from the Police who was trying to setup the young man they accused. His friend who actually did the crime within days skipped the country. How many individuals were tested? That’s what you need to be asking. There were so many “cover-ups” in this case it’s amazing (I followed from the PI stage to the High Court). Wish I could say more but it is real frustrating to live in a country where once you are accused, no matter what, you are guilty bearing shame that shouldn’t be yours for the rest of your life.

  25. Ms Joseph
    January 28, 2011

    Really? And do our laws accept the results of lie detector tests as evidence? A young man lost his life in Pointe Michel and a murderer walked scot free because DNA evidence, accepted the world over could not stand up in court in Dominica. And a young man was murdered in a carnival band witnessed by hundreds, the whole thing filmed and that could not be presented as evidence either. Lie detectors? Really.

    • Roz
      January 28, 2011

      That is an excellent point. If lie detecting is not recognized in our laws and in our courts, then it is worth us nada, zip, zilch, nothing. Further, there is nothing scientific about this. Anybody ever watch Penn & Teller program on Showtime…you know the one B – S – …well…there you have it.

  26. Aaaaa
    January 28, 2011

    Lie detector tests are a joke. All you got to do to pass it is squeeze your Bottom. Oooops! :oops: Mybad…..Now how the hell did I know that? :wink:

    • hmmmm
      January 28, 2011

      lol

    • MAMA!
      January 28, 2011

      LOL

    • LCM
      January 28, 2011

      LMAO

  27. NATURE BOY
    January 28, 2011

    this is only the first step in getting rid of the rotten eggs……and it should not be only for those who are placed in sensitive areas of the force it should be for all if we real want to clean up the force….

    from to most senior to the last recruit…
    i am sure we can all remember when the hard drugs was coming in at Tan Tan in the late 80’s early 90’s . when we went to search we would return empty handed and i can remember us being told by the dealers that they knew we were coming…..
    i suspected the top cop at the time….and that was the reason i decided to quit in the mid 90’s
    in 1997 commissioner and his deputy were both fired having been found guilty of being involved in the drug trade

    so as it turned out my suspicions were correct all along…..

    i say every single one of them should be checked out..

    • Homeboy
      January 28, 2011

      This is not allegations it was proven. Desmond B… You chicken..Don’t post it I know you have /received it..

  28. Hold on
    January 28, 2011

    When he says will be implemented FOR them which could also mean for them to use and ot necessarily for testing them. Which Government sets up lie detector and puts their police through it first?

  29. 365 RIVERS
    January 28, 2011

    iT IS GOOD TO SEE THAT THE GOV’T IS TRYING TO MORDENIZE THE POLICE FORCE IN IT’S EFFORTS TO SOLVE CRIME IN DOMINICA.

  30. Gee
    January 28, 2011

    Add some government officials or ministers in there too!!

  31. Madness
    January 28, 2011

    Please Mr PM

    Government Minister should be included on your list of people who should be given the polograph test.

  32. voice from the ghetto
    January 28, 2011

    good idea

  33. voice from the ghetto
    January 28, 2011

    I certainly think that its a good idea for the police officers

  34. UNCLE SAM
    January 28, 2011

    I BELIEVE THAT UNCLE SAM IS BEGINNING TO NET SKERRIT ….FIRST , PEOPLE IN THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES ….THEN THE PARLIAMENT … I’s Coming !

  35. c bruce
    January 28, 2011

    DAT WUDDN WORK ON SKERRIT
    HE ALWAYS SWEATING AND ANXIUOS ANYWAY

  36. Jade
    January 28, 2011

    Make those police take the test first cause i bet you none of them will pass! POLICE CAN LIE

  37. mouth of the south
    January 28, 2011

    whoa see how savarin n skerro have mr brisbane taking a polygraph test,,,, this pic says it all,,, cause we certainly know who’ll be having the test done on them,,,, u know they will call in eddo to do one concerning the threats he allegedly recieved lol :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  38. Gen
    January 28, 2011

    Oppose of anything. Get real people.

  39. The Nature isle
    January 28, 2011

    He and Isidore should be the first ones to take this lie detector test!

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2011

      And BRIAN LINTON should also be among the first to take the lie detector test @ The Nature Isle.

  40. onlooker
    January 28, 2011

    No forensic test facilities. No real evidence processing capabilitis to aid in solving the bounty of unsolved murders in the country but we’re implementing lie detector testing. We really have our priorities straight and safety of the people is number 1 right?

  41. charmed
    January 28, 2011

    Hum !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well is now some people kaka will boil. thats right first good move i want the whole drug squad tested first the skerro himself..he setting a trap for his own self.

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