Police force to be expanded further

New police officers on parade last week
New police officers on parade last week

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.

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  1. mine
    September 29, 2016

    Everything that is being done in this place is a problem. LOrd have mercy on these people .

  2. September 28, 2016

    It is only the punishment which deters crime ;not a large number of police;gov’t will never be able to put one police officer behind each human being…so many rapists were never punished or the got a very light sentence,murders and thieves who choose to attach with weapons; this is the most important thing to look into.The police officers in Dominica are used as a business to provide income in the gov’t’s pocket; arrest for a swear word ,for a marijuana cigarette ;pay fines or imprison the youths senselessly.I prison the youth learn how to commit more crimes ;more minors enter prison where there is no educational courses for the day that they will leave the prison compound…Can someone inform me of any company or business that the present gov’t has built to improve the economy in Dominica ? Sooner or later the gov’t will have to declare there deficit because employing police,nurses,politicians ,teachers and selling passports cannot improve an economy at it’s best.

  3. Bumbble Lee
    September 28, 2016

    De AM delights himself in going against the will of the people – That’s his thrill. Am I the only one noticing that? De “AM” likes spitting in your faces. Him proud, him boastful, him awkward too, wi!!! And him also self destructive. :twisted:

  4. September 27, 2016

    More Fire! Let the force Be with them Hire Red Hot! so we the Blue Vex, Action speak louder than Words. The Government Boots, cominig to a Station Near You.

  5. Jaded
    September 27, 2016

    I think Dominica has enough policemen (and firemen too). I noticed that some police buildings (like in LaPlaine) are very big, even bigger than some schools. Most of the policemen have nothing to do throughout the day so why hire more. Our small population is over-represented by policemen. Smaller nations seem to have much more cops per capita than large nations.
    Here are the # of cops per 100,000 in population for some countries:

    DOMINICA 709

    ANTIGUA 733
    ST. KITTS 899
    GRENADA 818
    MONTSERRAT 1,471
    ST. VINCENT 633
    ST.LUCIA 557
    T&T 529
    BAHAMAS 848
    BERMUDA 729
    USA 266
    FRANCE 356
    GERMANY 296

    • Jaded
      September 27, 2016

      I should add that Dominica has 501 policemen for approximately 72,000 people. But when you apply that percentage to an assumed 100,000 population, at the rate we are going we would hire another 208 policemen.

    • Tell the Truth
      September 27, 2016

      What is it to do with you anyway? The smaller islands have some brazen and dangerous criminals who do not fear the authorities nor fear the police. I can understand why they have so many. For smaller countries you know very well the criminal elements are extremely high. Therefore, additional police officers are required. I would not question it nor criticize it.

      September 27, 2016

      your comments are sensible but incorrect and does not reflect proper research. the Laplaine Police station for instance servers, Laplaine, which is comprised of Larond, Lafoncetee, Casgory, laplaine proper and other smaller sections, the police station also serves Boetica, Morne Jaune and River cyrique, and Rosalie. so be thoughtful in your comments. Based on the type of crimes youth seem to commit these days… more policemen is certainly a necessity!

  6. troof
    September 27, 2016

    Police alone that hiring steady. Free room and board, they feeding you and providing your work clothes. The unemployed, not too educated, financially strapped youth might as well try it out. some of you may get a bike or a SUV or Pick-up to drive around town for you to check your girlfriend and boyfriend free of charge, yes as a police the gas not coming out of your pocket, the state pays for and has your joyride covered. So, in the end you might as well become a police because is a free ride, plus they allow you to walk around with a gun and park how you want in Roseau.

    • BEB
      September 27, 2016

      I would like to know , who ate ur school fees, was this the reason u could’nt become a police officer, rather than getting involved in criminal activities?

  7. Shaka Zulu
    September 27, 2016

    what is the logic behind the increase. I am not saying there is not a need but the reasons are not clear. An ideal state would be one with few police because people are working, being productive, and crime is low. Normally when a government makes increase policing a priority its because 1) there is increase crime and there is a shortage of man power. 2) the country is becoming a police state where every citizen is under control
    This looks like the second dimension of the Socialist dictator take over. Dominicans will have the gov eye in every hole since people promoted to leadership are idiots who wipe the pm butt and stroke his ego. Back in the 80s and 90s there were less men who were respected and got things done. Today its who can show more love for PM not country. Remember its the tax payers money paying for it unless pm is getting help from draconian friends. More police is nothing to be proud of. Where are the manufacturing, processing and export. Where is productivity.

    • derp
      September 27, 2016

      even if they increase the police force, those policemen are useless anyways, making reports and they don’t do jack!

      • Real dominican
        September 27, 2016

        I hope that when u will be in trouble u wiw call the criminals

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