Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed absolute trust and confidence in Chief of Police Daniel Carbon.
He made that statement following remarks made by Minister of Justice and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore on DBS “Talking Point” Program earlier this week. Blackmoore stated then that 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.
Skerrit said on Thursday that he doesn’t think the statement made by the minister should be used as a “whipping down” by some members in the public.
However, “That is how our society behaves,” he opined.
“I wish to make it very clear that as Prime Minister I have the absolute trust and confidence of Chief of Police Mr. Daniel Carbon and to call an oath, especially the officers and rank and file of the police force to do their work diligently, because their responsibility is crucial to the economic well being of the country,” he said.
He continued, “The public can rest assured that the Prime Minister who appoints and who disappoints has great confidence in the Chief of Police, and we will continue to provide him with the resources which he requests.”
Skerrit made it clear that he does not believe that the minister [Blackmoore] himself lacks any profound confidence in the Chief of Police.
“I think what the minister wanted to bring across was that there are concerns which the general public has and we have to find a way of addressing them,” he noted.
According to him, safety and security of the state and of course the wider world, is paramount and his government has invested heavily in training, equipping and provision of more adequate housing for the police officers.
Skerrit stated that the government has spent more money in the police force than any other government since the country’s independence, “and I believe we have shown virtual respect for the police force than any government…”
He indicated, however, that the point made by the Minister in respect to having more police officers on the streets is a concern for not only the minister, but for the wider public.
“And we have to find a formula to allow for more uniformed police officers to be in the streets, to allow for uniformed police officers when on duty at the police stations to be in uniform,” he remarked. “It is a matter that I have raised with them over a continuous period of time.”