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.