Forty police recruits to begin training this month

Police officers in parade
Police officers in parade

Minister of Justice, Immigration and National Security Rayburn Blackmoore has announced that police will commence the training of 40 new recruits this month.

Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio’s “Talking Point” Programme on Thursday, he said the plan is to bring the police force up to a full strength of 500.

“One of the things that we have to do is to bring the police force up to its full strength of 500 and in that regard this month we shall be commencing initial training of 40 recruits and I want to give the public the assurance that every candidate went through a very stringent screening process because that’s important,” he said.

Furthermore, he stated that a prospective police officer is a product of society and must take a polygraph test.

“So you have to ensure that as time emerges and progresses that you develop a screening process that makes sense and every candidate had to go through a polygraph test and had to pass that,” he stated.

Blackmoore also pointed out that a police officer has the authority the ordinary citizen does not have.

“When you can restrain somebody’s liberty that in itself is very serious,” he stated. “So you have to ensure that the persons who that we train are on the right spirit. That is one of the reasons why as time progresses we have to review and retool and amend the screening process.”

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24 Comments

  1. Affa
    March 6, 2016

    Ya, send them to the streets without powers to enforce the Noise Abatement law, while people have figured out to torture their neighbors with loud music while there is a well written anti-Noise and Disturbing The PEACE Law. These recruits are instructed and trained to do nothing to help these helpless citizens of Dominica. A Dirty Dirty shame!

  2. Face the Facts
    March 5, 2016

    Congratulations to trainee-police officers.
    I wish you success in your training process and future duty in serving the public.
    May God be with you always, guide you in the right path of performing your duty, proudly with dignity, integrity and fearlessly.
    May He protect you and bless you.

  3. Caretaker
    March 3, 2016

    Gentlemen! you all are brave, courageous, health and strong. The training you underwent will guide you throughout your lifetime. You will be respected and recognized all over the world. A little word of advise, you have never heard of a polceboy but policeman. you learn to obey rules, follow guidance and procedures. Second advise! you wear a uniform, the criminals can see you but you cannot see them. Welcome to the Dominica Police Force. It is a good place to start if you want to make a man of yourself. Good Luck .Gods’ Blessing.

    • Face the Facts
      March 5, 2016

      The public must respect them, their position and authority.

  4. anonymous2
    March 3, 2016

    I hope that these recruits have integrity and the purpose of service to the public in mind.

    • Face the Facts
      March 5, 2016

      As you read they went through a rigid screening process. Obviously they received strict advice, suitable for their duty in dealing with the public and conducting themselves appropriately.

  5. March 3, 2016

    CURRENT SCREENING FOR NEW POLICE RECRUITS: (Polygraph Questions)
    Do you support the Supreme Leader, Doctor Roosevelt M. Skerrit?
    Will you give your life for the Supreme Leader and all Labourites?
    Will you defend and protect the Supreme Leader even if you know in your heart that what he is doing is wrong?
    Will you accept being underpaid while the Supreme Leader and his “team” continue to enrich themselves?
    Are you willing to beat. shoot or kill anyone who oppose the mighty Supreme Leader?
    Are you willing to swear an oath that you and anyone under your influence will vote for the Dominica Labour Party for the rest of your lives?
    “The Honourable Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore will now administer the oath”
    Note: Any recruit who answers “no” to ANY of the above questions will be immediately dismissed and placed on a list for future victimization. Every recruit is required to place his/her hand on the Bible and swear his/her allegiance to the Supreme Leader! :-D

    • Concern citizen
      March 4, 2016

      But even if they answer all the questions with a Yes it doesn’t mean that they have to be loyal to that, because Skerrit and the rest of the ministers do the same they took the oaths and see the mess D/ca is in now, even the deceased president I mean the most recent one see what he did with the 2 candidates from Salisbury and Marigot Labor candidates when madam speaker declared the seats of mr. James of marigot and mr. John of Salisbury vacant see what he did on that election morning
      so even if the recruits answer yes to those questions for the sakes of the job it don’t mean that they have to do it

  6. March 3, 2016

    The gov’t is more concerned about employing civil servants instead of agriculture or any other source of reproduction in dominica,we are not in in need of more police ,the law needs changing to suit the crime,the country is small ,why fill in police stations with beds,food,dominoes and cards for police to sleep and party all day long,we all see that murderers get very light sentences or are set free,rapists also,agriculture is more important for the country than having each child becoming a police officer immediately after school,when will the gov’t promote agriculture,the health system needs improving,the country is sinking day by day and those who can leave ,leave to get a better life because what should be done to create employment is not done..when will we learn…

  7. BEB.
    March 3, 2016

    What happens when certain ministers sends a letter to the chief of police telling him to recruit such and such a person from certain communities, now the chief’s hands are tied.

  8. March 3, 2016

    Congratulations to our recruits, bare in mind the race is not for the swift, but those who can endure till the end, there will be some causualities along , the way thats all part of it, but be mindful whe you all saw smoke coming from the training School it was not food they were cooking. Going forward we might have to include physcological testing as part of our screening process, cause policing can be a stressful and challenging job. Good luck, and be proud, make it the most welcome life changing experience you will ever encounter.

  9. Peter
    March 3, 2016

    Hmm Use this as a stepping stone and move on.. Do not remain inthis police force… It is the worst underpayed police service in the caribbean unprofessional also…..

    • Face the Facts
      March 5, 2016

      I would not give them that advice. At this point, it is not encouraging. They do not need this. It is enough to wish them well. It depends what they are looking for and expect. This is a good start for them. They must gain experience. At some point, some may decide to remain and others may decide to leave. Just as some D/cans are still in Dominica and others have left. A few have since returned. This is part of life, all based on their preference.

    • March 7, 2016

      The rest almost all day long ,play dominioes,party,eat and drink all on the gov’t’s pocket…hence the reason for joining the police force…

  10. IamanIdiot
    March 3, 2016

    Please get some intelligent officers? not a bunch of guys that just doing it for a salary and don’t want to work at Astaphans..

    • Face the Facts
      March 5, 2016

      They need a job. How many people love their job or loved their job? They could get to like it. Remember they will be trained. There are times in training some employees decide to leave. Who knows? Give them a chance to prove their capability.

  11. %
    March 3, 2016

    Congrats to all.I am more pleased with the present selection process. I actually saw a seasoned officer in my village asking relevant and pertinent questions about one of the recruits…I was interviewed re one recruit from my village, and answered accordingly…Lets home their allegiance is to serve DOMINICA, and not any Wicked,inept,and nefarious leader.

    • %
      March 4, 2016

      Lets hope their allegiance

    • Face the Facts
      March 5, 2016

      Pray for them that they will make good police officers. In this age, their job is not an easy one.

  12. Dan
    March 3, 2016

    Blackmoore also pointed out that a police officer has the authority the ordinary citizen does not have’.

    Mr. Minister can an ordinary citizen make a citizen’s arrest on anyone who violates the law when there is overwehming corroborating evidence that a court of law would convict that person? Just asking ???????

    • Face the Facts
      March 5, 2016

      If you make a citizen’s arrest you will also have to testify in Court.
      If you report something to the police and the person is arrested, you will have to testify in Court. Is it any wonder some people are hesitant about it and some turn a blind eye and a deaf ear.

  13. newtral
    March 3, 2016

    Mr. Blackmoore, am I to understand that all 40 were chosen fairly, on merit and ability?
    Am I also to understand that no one was striked off because of their political affiliation with the uwp?
    Mr.B everyone knows that if you or your family does not support the current regime that you would not be chosen.
    Jobs for 40 labourites, nice.

  14. Shameless
    March 3, 2016

    Mr. Blackmore I hear you loud and clear but if they were all selected using the same RED process like the previous batch then we can expect more of the same. As political as we may be in Dca, the police force is a sacred institution and I resent when the list of applicants have to be approved by ministers and parl reps of the various constituencies based on political affiliation. There is no denying that is the process now.

    I personally know men/ women of very sound character, well educated and can pass the medical test but have not be accepted while those who can’t even write a proper sentence were selected because of their families REDNESS. How can we as a society benefit? Let me end by reminding you that god is good all the time and all the time god is not… :twisted:

    Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted:

  15. Peter Potter
    March 3, 2016

    Employing more officers is not bad but the real issue is that the existing officers are not properly supervised and as such their work rate and efficiency can at best be rated at 50%. Bring this rate to a reasonable 85% first and then bring new recruits in. Furthermore the existing ones that cannot or will not perform at this envisaged level should be dismissed.

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