Police establish Public Relations Committee

Weekes will no longer report on police matters
Weekes will no longer report on police matters

Effective immediately Assistant Superintendent of Police, Claude Weekes, will no longer report on police matters as the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force has established a Public Relations Committee.

The committee consists of Superintendent of Police (Ag) Richmond Valentine, Weekes, Sergeant Pelham Jno Baptiste and Woman Police Sergeant Janie Pierre.

They were among police officers who successfully completed a Media Relation Course held at Police Headquarters earlier this year.

A press release from the police said with immediate effect Sergeants Jno Baptiste and Pierre will report on police-related matters.

“We recognize the value and importance of a good working relationship with the media and we will continue to disseminate timely and accurate information to the public,” the release said.

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46 Comments

  1. Name
    October 21, 2015

    My question is…why couldn’t have Mr. Weekes or why wasn’t Mr. Weekes selected to participated in this Media Relation Course held at Police Headquarters earlier this year and become part of this committee.

    I know workshops held by the service usually extends to persons who are/have and will (in the future) function in the area in which the workshop is intended for.

  2. Jesus is Christ is lord
    October 21, 2015

    Jesus Christ Spoke the truth and they Crucified Him!

  3. Shameless
    October 21, 2015

    Comrade Weeks, leave them man thing for them. St. Lucia needs a chief, Cayman and Bermuda looking for Senior officers.

    Assertive, NEVER Aggressive! :twisted:

  4. Francisco Telemaque
    October 20, 2015

    In the more developed nations of the world where one can step out of a certain field, and into another he could have moved on, not subjecting himself to such abuse!

    We ask why are they muzzling Weekes; could it be that in a psychological way his enemy’s in the police force are victimizing him hoping he will exist into retirement?

  5. trends
    October 20, 2015

    Just recently, a top, well-trained police investigator was posted to the traffic dept. That means less resource for investigations into serious criminal activities in the country. Is the CID made weaker as a result? strange? surprised?

    Weekes demoted to the sidelines of a committee, while the PRO role has been snatched from him. If one is doing a good enough job in an area, should that person suffer such humiliation?

    Are those hand-picked to inform the public on police matters more capable, more knowledgeable, more articulate than Weekes, who seemed to have enjoyed relating to the people, informing of pertinent matters on crime, child/ women abuse, moral/ethical behaviour, obedience of the Law and Constitution.

    Weekes always spoke well of the Police force, always advocated for professionalism within the Police Force. He believes in the saying and reminds us, “What is good for the goose, is good for the gander.”
    Weekes should never be treated like that.

  6. johnnieboy
    October 20, 2015

    I have no problem in making changes , but the problem is some of these officers let the World know where their political leaning is , Pelham is out spoken and we don’t expect him to say anything against the Government or the system . Mr Weekes on the other hand has displayed a great level of professionalism , no one can say Mr.Weekes is ” Red or Blue ” . He is a very balance and fair individual .

  7. Carri
    October 20, 2015

    Irrespective of what you all think in the police department, no one can do it like Mr. weeks. If he does not speak on the behalf of the police he will speak on the pulpit.

    You were a terrific pro.

  8. Tony
    October 20, 2015

    Hello and good evening my people . Well I suspect that someone in the upper ranks of the Police Department don’t want Mr Weekes addressing the public in regards to controversial Police issues or someone in the Government. Mr Weekes must now report to Mr Valentine but I can assure my people than the Sergeants won’t be addressing the public if there is a Police Involved shooting. I think he is being muzzled because of what he said when the Police Officer was arrest for illegal possession of a Firearm and he knew the Officer wasn’t suspended. The Department didn’t forward a request to remove the Officer firearm therefore the case couldn’t be prosecuted therefore he misled the public. Now the public will be address by two Sergeants who could be held accountable if they mislead the public.

  9. looking in
    October 20, 2015

    Greetings all, Mr Weekes did an excellent job for many years. before him were Cyril Carrette, Antoine Martin etc and then Mr Weekes was given his opportunity to serve in that area. He was not a qualified or experienced Media Relations person but over the years and with his training he became great at it. Now what was the problem with the others when Weekes got the chance to serve in that position and when John Carbon was replaced by Mr Weekes giving Mr Weekes his second shot at the position? I did not read all that garbage. He has to move on to other responsibilities and pass on the knowledge to a young team hopefully the two will excel. Why you all act as if the position is Weekes own for life. Should he be left in that position for life? Great Job Weekes, welcome to Media Relations Pellam and Janie. Give them their chance to learn from Weekes and to one day command public respect. Should the COP wait for public approval to prepare the future Media Relations officers of his Force?

  10. Righteous
    October 20, 2015

    Allu Dominicans not easy!!! Congratulations to the officers who have successfully completed the course and promoted to the PRO committee. I see this as a grooming of individuals to effectively continue the work of the police force re: community/media relations in the absence of others. The same needs to be done in all sectors, Education, Sports, Public works, etc.

    My humble opinion.

    OLD!!!!

  11. peeping
    October 20, 2015

    I think in my view as a citizen who has listened to Mr Weekes, a well respected man over the last several years, that this is a bit disregardful to the brother in a sense. I welcome the idea of the committee .No problem but I think the problem is that Weeekes should have been given to head the committee and I have no doubt things would have moved on smoothly from there. What i think should happen is that the NS Minister and the Police Chief should sit and revisit the decision and have Weekes head the committee. In its current state it looks more like a demotion. Even the members of the committee should have the gall to say ‘hey we respect this man and we think he should head the committee and we work with him.’ Sometimes God uses simple people like us to give wisdom to people in authority. If this decision was fairl then hurray but if Weeekes was spited because of his religious stance then God will plague some people with serious sicknesses. This is prophetic. Promote Weekes please.

  12. Keep it ?
    October 20, 2015

    Hmm

  13. October 20, 2015

    This Story is going to vanish fast, never to be adressed again. But! Mark my words, You read it first on D.N. O. There`s going to have lasting implacations. Please dont let me be misunderstood. I am Dominican, Are You??? This madness must stop, and will stop. Where have all the good and loving people gone?

    • Tony
      October 20, 2015

      To BRP.

      Hello and good evening my people. The question is, Where have all the good and honest people in Government gone. They are being muzzled and sideline. What’s going on with my sweet Dominica but I will always love my place of birth.

  14. October 20, 2015

    Welcome to Hollywood, hollowood is open for business. In my humble opinion, If you not part of the solution, Your`e part of the problem! The voice of the people is the voice of God. Can someone please explain to me if he`s not good, or too good to Desiminate information, why is he good to be part of the said Committe? Comrade how do you describe this in the year of the lord2015? God is good all the time all the time God is Good. Those who sit idle by and allow these sorts of Phychology 101 to take place. While i understand the” Bet” a Rock and a hard place perspective as it relates to our beloved Police Force which I was proudly part of as a senior office. Brothers and sisters, comrades and dedicated officers trust me I feel your pain. In mydays it was taking place but a little bit more suttled.. That did not make right! i must add, but we saw it comining a long time before it got to us, and the two choices we had was to stay or get out. Lord send your sprit over Dominica. S,O.S.#.

  15. Erasmus B. Black
    October 20, 2015

    All the luck in the world to the members of this new committee and with their new assignments. One is sure that there was considerable thought given to the creation of this new police committee and to their appointment to that committee. One wonders though why this sounds a bit like a Peoples’ Republic Committee?

  16. By stander
    October 20, 2015

    I really wish i could analyze this or even wish i knew “why the change?”. Well if all u think Mr Weekes talks to much, he did it well.. Just given Pelham license to talk then

  17. mastermind
    October 20, 2015

    What is That? This press statement makes no sense. Mr Weekes was doing an excellent job

  18. merci
    October 20, 2015

    Has Weekes been there since he became a Police? Isn’t there succession planning,does it have to be the same person all the time? I remember ONPhillip as the head and there have been many after him,they all cannot stay in one place forever,we have to move on.

    • October 20, 2015

      As we say in the force. Learn to distingush, the usual from the unsual. Not every body who wears the uniform can and will be a police officer. Completely misconstrued the message. Forward we go!!! ###.

  19. John Jay
    October 20, 2015

    They should have given it to MILLS instead he would make a better mouth piece instead of calling the talk shows

    • Tjebe fort
      October 20, 2015

      Mills only do one thing, they grind.

    • Shameless
      October 20, 2015

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: you make me laugh in english :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      Assertive, NEVER Aggressive!

  20. Zuma
    October 20, 2015

    Mr weeks is intelligent to realize he is not a one man show and the talents of the others can be utilized as well. Bravo to mr weeks…

  21. John Jay
    October 20, 2015

    They have given it to MILLS a better mouth piece.

  22. In God we trust
    October 20, 2015

    Mr. Weekes, I knew it was not if but when? There is no way the authorities will allow a truly God-fearing man like you, who cannot be bought and will call wrong by its name, to continue as police PRO. I felt that was coming when you made this honest, patriotic, and godly statement last week:
    The clearly upset Weekes said the matter is “very serious.”

    “I think surely somehow, someway we all have to answer to that, not only as the accused but even as a nation,” he stated. “All I can say is these crimes are evil, it’s nasty, it’s abominable and it’s diabolic and parents, particularly when you do those things, I can safely say you are prostituting your children, you are allowing your children to become nervous wrecks, to become dysfunctional and if we all continue like that we might have a dysfunctional country as well.” https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/crime-court-law/call-for-look-at-sexual-offences-act-after-man-walks-free/.

    It reminds me of two years ago with…

  23. ...
    October 20, 2015

    what happen to daniel carbon nah..

    • ...
      October 20, 2015

      Doe worry! seems is skerrit allu working for too.. ill go post it on DNO facebook page! under dat same story

    • Tjebe fort
      October 20, 2015

      Maybe he should change his name to charbon, that more appropriate perhaps?

  24. I, Me, & I First
    October 20, 2015

    A press release from the police said with immediate effect Sergeants Jno Baptiste and Pierre will report on police-related matters.

    Really? Are you serious? Pelham and pierre disseminate timely and accurate information to the public?
    My God in heaven, Dominica is quickly turning left!!
    Anyway Mr. Weekes the writing was on the wall

  25. Concerned citizen
    October 20, 2015

    Hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………….

  26. Views Expressed
    October 20, 2015

    Wheeeeeeeeeey papa …mi debar. Mout shut up….bel tory open…….

    Look bachannal

  27. Just Asking
    October 20, 2015

    Is Claude Weeks a yo-yo?…

  28. eyes open wide
    October 20, 2015

    dont think none can do a better job that mr Weekes :-P

  29. October 20, 2015

    My humble opinion. I wish the newly established ” PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTE”? all the best,.. As we recognize the value and importantof a good Working relationship with the media and the public as we continue to Dis— Siminate our beloved Common Wealth of Dominica Police force in a timely manner. Analize this. S.M.H.

    • Tjebe fort
      October 20, 2015

      Sounds like a communist government, they do everything by committee too.

  30. john 3 16
    October 20, 2015

    I smell a rat

    • October 20, 2015

      A big RAT but what goes around will come around and we will get to know the full reason some day. Mr.Weeks you will rise again ,.

  31. smh
    October 20, 2015

    What’s wrong? Is he speaking the truth too much? is he too straight forward? NONSENSE

  32. John Jay
    October 20, 2015

    DO don’t think am asking to much can you carry a vote with these four persons to see who would be the obvious çhoice.

    • Titiwi
      October 20, 2015

      Very well observed! If all else fails pull senior rank, which always prevails of course.

  33. John Jay
    October 20, 2015

    Country man don’t write there script for them to lòok good and get promotion. Let them do it not even watch and say it’s good for the media.
    What a shame can’t believe I was in a Police force where everyone respected us and now most of the citizen or population don’t respect that force I once belong. Shame one of the best can’t deseminate information to the press and the nation.

  34. October 20, 2015

    S.m.h.

    • October 20, 2015

      Take your time D.N.O. Moderate S.M.H. we in big trouble.

  35. October 20, 2015

    Analyze this.

  36. Titiwi
    October 20, 2015

    In essence this means that Mr. Weekes has been frozen out. Why? There is more to this than meets the eye.

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