PM say police in control of crime situation

The McMillan gas station in Roseau was robbed at gun point last week

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has indicated that the Police are squarely in control and are actively pursuing leads towards solving the spate of robberies that have occurred over the last two weeks.

Four robberies in that short space of time, including three businesses in the vicinity of Roseau and one in Portsmouth, have prompted the Prime Minister to respond to mounting public concern.

“I want to say that the Police are on top of the matter. They have advised me that they have in custody for questioning, one individual. That person is alleged to have been captured on CCTV in the vicinity of one of the crimes that was committed, ” he said.

He added, “So, we’re hoping that we can get some concrete information out of that suspect with a view to solving the others.”

He made known his belief that the crimes were perhaps a response to the Police recent strong offensive against drug related crimes in Dominica and that the decline in available product to fuel the trade has left criminal looking for other forms of deviance.

Skerrit stated, “What I believe is happening, because the Police have been very successful in fighting drugs and in the drug chain you have the ‘kingpin’ and you have several individuals who are employed in that trade and it appears that because we have been stifling them, with great success then the people who are employed in that trade are out of work, so to speak. And therefore, may be diverting to other forms of crimes but the task force, the CID and the entire Police Force are working towards addressing this.”

He joined in agreements with earlier statements made by the Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette in urging all Dominicans to remain vigilante and contribute to the crime fighting efforts of the Police Force and to assist with information, when possible.

“At the end of the day, each of us must play our part in securing ourselves, our properties and of course, the  state. The police cannot be in every location at any particular time. But we have 70,000 people in Dominica and it’s important that each of us plays our part in preventing and fighting crime in our country and whatever information that we may have, we need to pass it on to the police,” Skerrit concluded.

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31 Comments

  1. jane doh
    October 31, 2011

    if all these robberies happen, and they have been happening for months now, if not years, and “police is in control”, then there are only two possible conclusion than one can draw:

    either

    1) PM is lying

    or

    2) Police IS in control! …of the crime… which would be very scary indeed. Do they get a share in the loot?

    I find it remarkable that the PM changes the topic to drugs so fast, when the actual problem is about armed robberies. That’s like painting a car because the engine is broken.

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2011

    b.s

  3. thinker
    October 27, 2011

    Is he living in ‘cloud cuckoo land’?

  4. Some Sense
    October 26, 2011

    boi one thing eh….when people call on radio they like to talk before they think….oh wait they don’t think… is a pity Radio doesn’t show faces because i would be sitting, pointing and just SMHing

  5. Some Sense
    October 26, 2011

    Papamet…. LIVE D MAN ALONE AND STOP TELLING D MAN HOW TO DO HIS JOB… if you knew you would be in his position or one of his advisers..BUT YOU AIN’t SO BEHAVE

  6. C/bean Genius
    October 26, 2011

    Can you imagine that the PM made a statement; that the youth are employed by the drug trade. And now that his Private Police Service has successfully stifled the trade and render our youths unemployed, they are switching to other crimes as a form of income.

    If Only Dominica Could Speak!!!

    We really need vision…..

  7. too late to cry now
    October 26, 2011

    Mr Skeritt you are so right because in the drug trade there is indeed kingpin. However, you must remember that you are one of the 70,000 people living in the country and we ALL must help with information. With this in mind please tell us
    1. What became of the ganga saga that was found at the vielle case beach just about less than a quater mile from your former home address?
    2. Did you make it your responsibility to assist the police with information you gathered since it happened in your very backyard?
    3.Do you know anything about Venezuella boats that are patrolling the nothern waters of Dominica especially at nights?
    Let’s all play our part in assisting the police with information that we have since the police cannot be all over the place especially at a time when they don’t seem to have proper means of transportation

  8. get real my boy
    October 26, 2011

    According to what skerrit saying……..all dem rounds that de task force making in de place holding a roach now and then actually working?…….that young people fraid to smoke a joint so they robbing gas station instead?……But and carrette not far apart man….. UTTER RUBBISH!!!!

  9. mouth of the south
    October 26, 2011

    #1 rule for a nation… when the gov’t says all is well.. it’s when u pack up and run…… for example don’t forget japan in the nuclear crisis… when they said all was well that’s when it got worse…. the pm wouldn’t come and say all is well… instead the commissioner would be giving news of the arrest of suspects.. hhmmmmppphhh

  10. .
    October 26, 2011

    Mr PM what about the number of guns that is out on our streets..All these crimes are ARMED ROBBERY..Why was the waste in parliament to beat your chest about draconian measures to cambat those in possession of illegal firearms. BUT ATAIN THATS THE STYLE OF THE CORRUPT SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WHICH YOU ARE LEADING.

  11. INTELLECTUAL GANGSTA
    October 26, 2011

    BOY ALL U NOT EASY NUH…ALL U WASN’T ASKING DE MAN TO SAY SOMETING ABOUT DE CRIME SITUATION?…EH?…
    OK, now, He make a statement…Could have been sooner, but, in any event, he has made one…Better late than never…Very assuring…indeed..So what seems to be the problem?.

    I have heard lots of people say..” Mr.P.M., please say something,please address the crime situation”…OK… Now, he has….So let’s stop complaining….

    Isn’t there something called constructive criticism, or must we criticize just for the sake of it?…..
    Well, I guess that is us for you….
    Peace!……and…
    All the best…….

    • get real my boy
      October 26, 2011

      its not just about making statements….where is the substance….de PM was just paying lip service….making a statement for making it sake

    • time for truth
      October 26, 2011

      No, the PM did not address the problem of crime in Dominica. Yes he gave a convimient speech but stayed very far from the problem. He said absolutely nothing about firearms used in all four crimes last week. I wonder why? And you should no why as well. Also, although he talked about drugs, he pretended as if he does not know those drugkings. I could call some names and name villages but DNo will not allow it. So it was more pretence than reality.

    • ?????????????
      October 26, 2011

      Aight Intelligent Gangster … One cannot please negative persons. Negative as they are they look for all kinds of problems to speak about since it is negative they are. Negative persons never say good in anything. All they can do is criticise and not constructively. They do not support amything right or wrong. They always only see bad things. In their eyes, they only see bad and their tongue only speaks doom and gloom and curses.

  12. legobeast
    October 26, 2011

    @time for truth.i agree with u one million percent.justice for one and justice for all.bubbles should not be above the law and if is me they would skin me alive.

  13. .....
    October 26, 2011

    lolloollollollol at the head line

  14. sansay
    October 26, 2011

    some of you could be so foolish.

  15. say sa meme
    October 26, 2011

    Almost a year ago, the PM told a gathering of Dominican residents in the Diaspora, and returnees, that crime in Dominica was not serious. This was after a few murders, solved and unsolved, along with many other crimes. It really seems that the law is for one set of people, and the leaders open their mouth and make declarations, but they cannot follow it up with action, so its just talk. I remember when they said anyone caught with an unlicensed gun will go straight to prison. In how many instances has that happened, and if it did, to who?

  16. October 26, 2011

    Is the PM the new chief of police? Did he ask Carrette to put a sock in it for fear that Carrette will continue to embarass the Police Service and the powers that be?

    • October 26, 2011

      I was about to ask the very same question and how does the so call Chief of POLICE Carrette about his boss.

  17. No Identity
    October 26, 2011

    Someone should have ask him about the Xmas Fire and other crimes that are blatantly swept underneath the carpets of corruption. I hope they catch ALL criminals not some – that is my wish.

    • mouth of the south
      October 26, 2011

      apparently mr pm don’t hold press conferences… :-P

  18. Real Truth
    October 26, 2011

    In one word.. “utter rubbish”

    • mc
      October 26, 2011

      thats actually 2 words my friend :mrgreen:

  19. Bull Crap
    October 26, 2011

    am not even going to waste my time on this crap. you guys need to be honest with Dominican. Police not in control of shit so stop bleedy lieing to Dominican.

    what police in control of?

  20. good2 know
    October 26, 2011

    Is the PM admitting that the drug trade was the enployer to our Dominican youth? Lord have mercy!!!! nous fini bart… So that was his reduncy package to stifle the drug trade.
    Papamet!!!!!
    I am sure that wasnt an IMF recommendation. That kind of remind me of DUDUS in Jamaica.
    There might be some similarities here..

  21. time for truth
    October 26, 2011

    I have never seen a black man and a black woman give birth to a white child. By this I mean, we reap what we sow.
    The Pm is right about the drug problem we have on the island but he said nothing about guns that were used in all four crimes. It was this same pm and police commissioner that told the nation several times that if anyone was found with an unlicenced gun, they would go streight to Stockfarm. However, it was not long after that announcement, their friend “Bubbles” was found and convicted of possession of an unlicenced gun. But what did they do? The police made sure that Bubbles gun was returned to him. So when we have laws that only apply to one set of people is a sure breeding ground for trouble.
    The same is trure with those drug kings the PM spoke about. They know who they are, where they are and when they get the green light to move on. So they need to be streight forward with the people and treat everyone equally. That’s how we will be able to fight crime as a country with 70,000 people

    • .!!
      October 26, 2011

      Yes I have….So wat happen to Baykay,and Blanc, and wait,let us not forget Baykett…..their parents not black?…So how comes they come out white? doe tell me noting about albino either..they well white…

    • ?????????????
      October 26, 2011

      Of course there are instances of a black man and black woman having a white child. Read this is called reversion to type. Though black both are, one or both may have had a white ancestor in their lineage.

      • Some Sense
        October 27, 2011

        it’s sad how narrow minded some people are… it’s kind of obvious… and it’s in our everyday life

    • Some Sense
      October 27, 2011

      two black people can give birth to a white child… it’s called Genetics… not necessarily albinism…well this is almost like what i am talking about….http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3060907/Black-parents-give-birth-to-white-baby.html

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