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.”