The government of Dominica is not ruling out bringing in a foreign national to head the Dominica Police Force as it is not satisfied with operations in that department.
Minister of Justice and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore gave that hint while speaking as a guest on the State-owned Radio, DBS ‘Talking Point’ Programme on Monday.
According to Blackmoore, although there has been some improvement in the police force over the years, “it is not good enough.”
He said further improvement is needed.
“We have to ensure that we have 24 hours coverage; we have to go back to the days when we saw police officers on the beat around the city of Roseau, be it 2 o clock in the morning, be it 6 o clock in the morning, be it 2 o clock in the afternoon,” he said.
Blackmoore continued, “There are sometimes, and I do it myself, I drive around the city and it’s like a ghost town, not one police officer. This is not good enough.”
According to him, ultimately the Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police has to take responsibility for the police force.
“We are not ruling out making some changes from the top, which may include bringing in somebody from overseas,” he revealed. “The people of Dominica have to get their monies worth.”
He added, “Because at the end of the day I cannot run the police force, neither the Prime Minister nor the permanent secretary, it’s the people who have the mandate and the police department cannot be an entity in and of itself.”
Blackmoore stated further that the police department in any country, especially in a civilized society and a democratic society belongs to the people.
“It’s the people who vote for a government and when the people vote and put their trust in a government, they are saying to you, ‘we are asking of you to put in place certain functions to provide some basic services and policing is one of that basic service’,” he noted. “And we cannot continue getting excuses for not having uniformed police presence in a sustained manner, especially around the City of Roseau.
“We have to correct that and we do not have time,” Blackmoore emphasized.