Government has plans to add even more recruits to the ranks of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.
Last week, 39 young Dominicans graduated from the 32nd Recruits Training Course.
At that ceremony, the Hon Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore revealed Government’s plan to further increase the number of police officers serving.
The current number of the establishment of the police force is 501; of this, there are 480 police officers, including the graduates.
In addition to this, there are 53 special constables who are fully employed.
“Before year end, the establishment of the police force will be increased from 501 to 530. In that regard, training of an additional 40 new recruits will commence this year. I have been advised that the recruitment process has been triggered,” the Hon Minister reported.
Hon Blackmoore, however, reminded police officers that all these interventions cannot by themselves result in a better police force.
He called on police officers to make the necessary adjustments to change the current culture which exists within the force.
Hon Blackmoore is hoping that the recently launched community policing programme will assist towards that end.
The Community Policing Programme was recently launched in the community of Calibishie and is on the cards for other communities across the island
He told the young police officers that the future of both the police force and community policing is in their hands.
“Get involved; help build that public trust which is critical to your success as police officers. You have the energy; respond to all reports promptly and more importantly, efficiently,” he said.