Impending changes in police force hierarchy

Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon
Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon

Two high ranking officers are being considered for the new post of Deputy Chief of Police as preparation are being made for changes to the hierarchy of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.

DNO has been reliably informed that acting Superintendent of police Cuffy Williams, who is head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and head of Special Branch, acting superintendent, Davidson Valarie, are being considered.

 

Recently the Cabinet of Dominica agreed to move forward with the proposal of another “Deputy Chief of Police” against an earlier proposal of “Assistant Chief of Police” (ACP).

 

Presently Hobbs Jno Baptiste is the only deputy chief of police.

 

Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, was not prepared to say much on the matter only saying that he would issue a statement on it in due time and referred DNO to his bosses at the Ministry on National Security.

 

“It is a Cabinet decision and they are the ones to speak on the matter, however when the Deputy Chief comes into place I will make a statement on the matter…go speak to the Cabinet Secretary or the PS in the and Minister of National Security,” Carbon said.

 

Senator Alvin Bernard replaced Charles Savarin as Minister of National Security in Dominica and when asked about the matter, he confirmed the new position is something that is being discussed.

 

“I can confirm to you that recommendations for some administrative improvement to the police force is in the making,” he told DNO. “I do not have the final recommendations at this time and so I am not at liberty to say much on the matter. I can also say to you that the recommendations have not been finally decided upon.”

 

When questioned further on the matter he refused to go into further details but maintained that “they were recommendations for administrative improvements into the Dominica Police Force.”

 

According to Section 92 (1) of the Police Service Commission, “The power to appoint a person to hold or act in the office of Chief or Deputy Chief of Police and, subject to the provisions of section 93 of this constitution, the power to remove the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief from office shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition and the Police Service Commission.”

 

 

 

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68 Comments

  1. observer
    February 27, 2014

    the police themselves should be wise to see that they are being undermined by the D L P

  2. Shameless
    February 27, 2014

    From time immemorial the CDPF has been managed with one commissioner and deputy. In those days, technology was absent and therefore the commissioner needed as much help as he could with management. In today’s world where technology is assisting in the streamline process of management, there is absolutely no need for a second deputy other than political. They DONT LIKE Hobbs so the want to by-pass him.

    The mere fact that this “perceived” need comes right on the heels of Mr. Carbon’s appointment as commissioner is an indictment to his ability to properly manage the CDPF and poor judgement on the part of Mr. Skerrit by appointing him. Carbon has NO formal management training and his style of micromanagement has taken the force to its knees. Moral is non existent and the force is like a ship in the rough seas with a broken rudder.

    Sadly, the man that is trained, qualified and ready to lead the force is serving in the capacity of deputy at this very moment. Fact is, he is a no-nonsense leader (thought not perfect) that is better bale to lead with Supt. Yvonne Alexander as deputy.

    In all the political commotion, absolutely no mention is made of one of the most capable officers to hold the rank of deputy (Yvonne Alexander). Is the labour administration saying to women that they are not capable of leading? Let us be honest, of the two candidates being considered for the position the younger one is already the Crowned Prince. Whether the older one is even being seriously considered is laughable to say the least.

    Politics being what it is and the cabal being scared of their fate post the upcoming elections it is natural that they will appoint their people in high places to protect them if needed. But, that too will NOT stand for everyman involved in raping Ma-Dominique will have to answer the question. Looks like Skerro is positioning to control public meeting, demonstration permits by appointing someone that is sympathetic to him.

    I sincerely hope that the UWP has plans for a thorough COMMISSION OF INQUIRY into the CDPF after elections to rid the organization of all the “alleged” abuse and corruption that is destroying the once FLAGSHIP Police Force in the eastern caribbean. Gone are the days when the CDPF was the envy of of other regional forces such as Antigua, St. Lucia, Monsteratt, Tortola, Anguilla etc. They all tried recruiting our officers because they were the best. Only an in-depth inquiry, cleaning and ultimate reassigning responsibility of the police under the office of the presidency will restore it to its glory days. Change Must Come!

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • ##D.A.##.
      February 28, 2014

      # In my opinion you come across as a Comm
      of Police. My opinion The Dominica Police is being high jacked right under our noses. Too many chief to few Good men. Our police force is being run as the third main political party under the false pretense of invoking the Constitution. That blatant move is sure to back fire and if that is making way to cover their # SS it will not work, for they can run but there will be no place to hide. Again you read it here on D.N. O. Never has our Police Service being played by those who think that power will remain in their hands for ever. I Am Dominican:” ARE YOU!????????

  3. Patois
    February 27, 2014

    Can anyone tell me why in this Deputy scenario Superintendent Alexander Yvonne a professional, experienced, knowledgeable senior Superintendent is not being considered for the post?

  4. Anonymous
    February 27, 2014

    The only one reason for such nonsense under a broke treasury is to prevent the current deputy to act as police commissioner in the absence of present commissioner of police

    • DOMINICA
      March 1, 2014

      so you are so wise . this is just a political move. after say there is no victimization and this labor party is fair. boy look a shame. them man blame uwp for the same thing and today they practicing it. LIKE THE PM SAYS GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD. JUST A MATTER OF PATIENCE.

  5. AlexB
    February 27, 2014

    But sir why the 2014 police calypso monarch king is taking money from a person in de public when an accident happen which his car was involve in and harassing de other person to pay him $200.00 on de side, and not calling traffic police.

  6. sac wa torne'
    February 27, 2014

    If they such top investigator we had several murders in Portsmouth , Wesley and around the Country how many were solved? they can only investigate the ones kindergarten children sees as the too obvious not to get it

  7. sac wa torne'
    February 27, 2014

    Has the Chief of police bring about any stability with respect to discipline , unity amongst the top ranking officers ,lower the crime rate frequency or even strategize in the way forward in curbing crimes, how efficient and effective is the police force today compared to he force of yester years? if one check the statistics at police head quarters the amount of crime occurred when compared to number of crime solve , ask the commissioner why such a poor record in crime solving

  8. .
    February 27, 2014

    If you look closer you will see the plan. It is a plan to parachute inspector soon to be ASP CORBETTE. Remember he was leap frogged before and look out again. Fastest promotion in history. Look out here he comes again. Look behind the headlines

  9. da
    February 27, 2014

    It is standard that there be two dcp, considering the size of the force, i see nothing wrong with appointing an additional deputy, but it should be done by merit and qualification, no political interference, but really, can that happen in Dominica as we speak, can appointing a deputy has no political input, i doubt, its sad but i doubt, it is also customary for the dcp and the chief to be at lugger heads, now who wouldn’t be, considering how this government has treated hubs, do they expect him to be all smiles and happy, he is human and the effect of the treatment he received from the present administration will surely reflect negative on the cdpf including his relationship with the now chief who was promoted from an asp to chief, OK its like that, yesterday and for the past 15 year carbon had to salute hubs, two days after hubs has to salute carbon, lol, ironic, isn’t it?.

  10. Lovely
    February 27, 2014

    I would like to know why this Police Commissioner is always looking sad and look like he is carrying the burden of the whole world on his shoulder. Is he scared that he knows a lot and one day he will be caught? How can u encourage people to join the police force or let police know what is going on when you have the saddest disposition. Wake up, cheer up, and shake up.

    • Shameless
      February 28, 2014

      When the people you lead distrust your every motive a smile can be a hard thing to display. Just maybe if “some” folks are less vindictive and do things to / for their subordinates in the interest of the organization rather than self promotion then a smile and pleasant personality will be naturally forthcoming. But Change Must Come because it is NOT an option.

      Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  11. Dunce Cat
    February 26, 2014

    NB insert “support” above

  12. shabba
    February 26, 2014

    Well look comese in a force which was once unified, what happen to the esprit de corp, it is down the toilet, like skerrit’s toilet plan.A concern ex cop. be patient my coursemate mr. hobbs. Lets go course 68 “Busy Bee”.

  13. _____________
    February 26, 2014

    MR CARBON WHAT is the latest re the GON EMMANUEL firebonmbing and attempted murder Sir?

  14. concerned
    February 26, 2014

    Mr Valarie…… Sometimes i really wonder if you fear GOD ??????? You know your pending appointment is PURE POLITICS !!

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Ask yourself, do you fear God? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  15. SHELLOCH HOLMES
    February 26, 2014

    Well done governor,we know we can count on you empty vessels make the most noise.sometimes you have difficulty decisions to make and its a dirty job but someone has to do it.your office is always open if they feel to have a decent chat.Like baby machine said they will come running back to you.health and strength hold on strong

  16. True dat.
    February 26, 2014

    I support the move for an additional deputy commissioner. Cuffy is almost retired so I think that Valarie who is young and motivated should be the chosen one. I have seen both of these men worked and taking into consideration the short commings of the commissioner, Valarie would assist in bringing about some stability to the service. He is professional and has a good working relationship with both the deputy and the commissioner who are not working well together. He would certainlt bridge that gap and unite them and the police force on a whole. Cuffy would be same old, same old thing.

  17. Bee
    February 26, 2014

    Hmm looks to me like Skerrit needs more eyes and ears in the hierarchy of the police force. He really don’t want anything to pass him by.

  18. observer
    February 26, 2014

    i just hope that the next government do us the citizen justice to clean the mess that there in the police force
    first thing is to COMPUTERESE ALL RECORDS In this MORDEN TIME

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Observer, what happened to your mind, your spelling or your computer or is DNO server acting up again? “Computerize” and “modern.”

    • LANGLOU
      February 27, 2014

      and get rid of the paper weights

  19. WeNiceMan
    February 26, 2014

    What’s the big deal? It’s actually long overdue. Two deputies are standard in the management structure. The Dominica Customs has had two deputies for more than 10 years.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      “deputees”

    • Mexican
      February 27, 2014

      Is that so? then what about the Nurses, Fire Dept., Education Dept, Public Works, All ministries, etc etc. Man this is the recipy for chaos.

    • customs
      February 27, 2014

      that is not so… maybe in your customs

  20. disturbed
    February 26, 2014

    Here Skerrit goes again he likes to have his people in place he can manipulate.God help us deliver us from all that is evil

    • disturbed
      February 26, 2014

      correction should be places instead of place

  21. change coming
    February 26, 2014

    The first person to take out there is u mr carbon.when workers win the election .we will fix up the police force the way it has to be.and there will be a general shift arround .so no one lile people like u will jump from asp to chief of police.at least ull pass through the deputy first. Political force.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Who “we?” :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  22. Jejep
    February 26, 2014

    To me, it makes no sense that the idea of considering the post of an Assistant Commissioner should be tutted for an additional Deputy Commission. What then will they be called……. Senior Deputy and Deputy???? If so, should we expect to see the creation of additional ranks such as Senior or Chief Superintendent and a senior or chief Inspector? Such ranks are existent, but in far larger police forces.

    In a force of less than 500 such as ours, an Assistant Commissioner is most welcomed. In that way it shows seniority amounts the ranks and establishes clearly a succession plan for the force.

    Another nonsense is the idea of considering Acting Superintendents for the position, thereby bypassing more senior persons. Such moves only breeds unnecessary division.

  23. Dominican overseas
    February 26, 2014

    I hope my comment will not take that long for moderation.Thanks

  24. Dominican overseas
    February 26, 2014

    Question #1 Why have a deputy if it is not essential? qualification and experience does not matter these days once you can read it is ok.Square pegs in wrong hole that is the order of the day. Positions nowadays must meet expectations.The ball is in your court,play P M play you will soon be caught.Change is at Morne Bruce on its way to Morne Daniel.Fasten your seat and get read for the turbulence.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Presumptuous. You are too full of yourself. Can you read the future and know the future? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  25. Mr. Bojangles
    February 26, 2014

    Oh I see! so Skerritt want to create ANOTHER post of Deputy Chief of Police because the DEPUTY chief refuse to fall in line with his coshonie??!! So when Carbon retire or die early (god forbid)they will just appoint Valerie Chief of Police over Hobbs?? I see!! Boi look commess in D’ca wi.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Do not make me laugh. Making assumptions which you know nothing about. Can you read minds? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  26. Dominican overseas
    February 26, 2014

    Be careful what you put in place it might come back to hunt you, like the CCJ and more. The table will soon turn.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      The same manner as you and all of us who left our country, our comfortable home and migrated overseas. We knew not then and still today what would be in store for us. Some already have experienced it. Think of yourself and your future.

  27. annonimous
    February 26, 2014

    DOMINICANS only comment when things affect them directly. We are a bunch of hypocrite people, who stood by and watch the constant unfair promotions, the nepotism, the oppression and most of all victimization taking place in the Police force and want to react to an extra deputy like they were away from reality well change must come.

  28. Asterix
    February 26, 2014

    It’s been said that Carbon will be going on leave still and in that case it is therefore natural to move Mr. Hobbs Jno. Baptiste who is the deputy, to fill the spot in his absence. Well that is where the problem is. The authorities would not want Hobbs in that position so they will create the post of another deputy who will be the chosen one to replace Carbon when he goes on leave. This is most shameful considering that Mr. Jno. Baptiste is the most qualified. He will once again be bypassed like he was when Carrette was made commissioner and subsequently the same was done with Carbon.

    • Asterix
      February 26, 2014

      I meant going on leave soon

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Not only experience but performance. Employees may be qualified to a certain extent, in that they may have some years of service. How about on the job performance and diligence? Their performance report should reflect it one way or the other.

  29. Canefield
    February 26, 2014

    Morale is so low in the Force now sometimes I am even surprised that officers come to work still. It is double standards like this issue that is causing that.
    Even the Police Welfare Association has become like an affiliate of the DLP.
    They have to know who you supporting before they even consider you for promotion.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Have you ever given it a thought why morals are so low? There are some D/cans who debase the police force as if they are experts. Read the comments both in the past and in the present on DNO. Some D/cans, members of the sector, contribute to it.

  30. Ann Derass
    February 26, 2014

    Just about 401 more days of Skerrit rule and it will be all over. He may shorten it if he wants to make life easier.
    Those guys are scheming and conniving all the time on how to perpetuate their stay in office.
    Really, what sense does it make to have two deputies of police? Except that you do not like the existing deputy, you cannot move him, you cannot push him, so you are going around him to undermine him with a yes-man.
    This is shameful because there are many more things to do in this country.
    Is it because Venezuela is erupting that more protection is needed here?

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Do you know if you will live and to be healthy to see the next election?

  31. Castle Comfort
    February 26, 2014

    First of all , a young guy like Carbon in this position has blocked a lot of upward mobility for many other policemen who a almost same age as he is or who are older and are of a lower rank.
    DLP has really messed up the Force.

  32. Roseau
    February 26, 2014

    There is no need to have two Deputies. It is clear that DLP does not want to give Hobbs the commissioner post.
    Hoobbs is the most qualified person for the position but because of politics Skerritt choose his country-man.
    Carbon knows his work , but the are too many senior people who could have gotten the job before him. Yvonne Alexander is good too.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      “Deputees” Do you know how he has performed in his position?

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      February 27, 2014

      You mean like the Leader of the Opposition could not be the Leader of the UWP. Or the Deputy Leader, could not be the leader Or no other member of parliament on the opposition side? Do you mean something like that?

  33. PHQ
    February 26, 2014

    To all my fellow Police officers, please remember the solemn pledge that we made during our initial signing.
    “Police Officials should stay away from active politics.”
    From what I am seeing , this does not seem to have had any effects on the active involvement that I am seeing some officers getting into.
    Some Policemen even vex with others for political reasons.This is a real shame.
    Remember this, “Politicians come and go , but the Police Force stays forever.”

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      There are some people who act in this manner. They also exist in our households and in other work forces. Everyone cannot be expected to support the same Party. We are different individuals, each possessing our own individual personality and characteristic traits. People must learn to agree and disagree amicably. This is maturity, as a matured adult and a sign of a peaceful person.

  34. ex police
    February 26, 2014

    the story behind this is just pure politics! the Skerrit government should be fair and give a man his due and stop playing games with the people of the country,

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Here is something you could do if you are allowed. Get his performance appraisal for throughout the years of his tenure and then criticize and form an opinion. Too often what is seen on the surface is not the fact of what we assume. Experience is a good teacher to know this.

  35. Roseau North
    February 26, 2014

    This Police Force has become a Political party by itself. I am so ashamed to even go to PHQ anymore and watch some of the very men who do these evil acts to each other.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      When you go there, mind your own business and say nothing politically to them. The reason why they may act in this manner is they have not yet grown up to adult maturity.
      Someone should address it to them. Unless they are made aware of it they will not change. There are times we must point out the flaw of character. Whenever we do this, we must utilize diplomacy so as not to offend and/or hurt their feelings. You will be doing them a great service to inform them or inform the authorities.
      People do not see their faults. Furthermore, they do not act in a Christian-like attitude. This is where change must come, first in the hearts of some people. They want change but they do not change their hearts.

  36. Rule
    February 26, 2014

    That’s the way dictators rule. If you’re not supporting them,you will be replaced or removed.

  37. #PMmad
    February 26, 2014

    How many fffff…. deputies we need?

    I thought Dominica was BROKE!

    Skerrit best you stick to your Toilet Revolution, lease the police force ALONE

  38. just eyes
    February 26, 2014

    Presently we only have one deputy chief… How many do we need in a force of 400 officers. It is obvious that the present chief will not sing the skerrit song, so he needs one who can. What next are you going to target the nurses?Change is a MUST.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      The good thing about it is, you are not the PM and are not in authority or in a position to make a wise and correct decision and even observation. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  39. plze
    February 26, 2014

    As usual everything is upside down and inside out. No law, including the constitution will not prevent them from doing what they want to do. What a sad state of affairs that we are in, in Dominica :( :( :( :( :oops:

    • Rivers
      February 26, 2014

      Explain your comment cause its doesn’t make much sense. This is a better arrangement for the running of the Police Force.

      • Mr. Bojangles
        February 26, 2014

        explain how it’s better…more strain on tax payers…more gratuity money to find for another deputy chief…tell me how it’s a better arrangement. I’m waiting.

      • Change is a must
        February 26, 2014

        You sick people support any nonesense Skerrit does…but change must come

  40. JoJo
    February 26, 2014

    That is Skerrit divide-and rule tactic again. We’ll never have unity in this country with that man at the steering whell.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      But you are one of those contributing to disunity and lack of peace with that type of attitude you have. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

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