Top cop aware of rumors that police associate with questionable characters

An official at the helm of the Dominica Police Force says he is aware of allegations concerning police officers connected to persons of questionable character. However, Deputy Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette, in an exclusive interview with Dominica News Online, says he has no knowledge of officers being paid to impede certain investigations.

“I am not aware of police officers being paid not to pursue investigation… we have information, which is really not evidence information, where some of the police officers do associate with persons of questionable character, [like] drug dealers and what have you,” Deputy Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette told DNO.

Carrette also addressed allegations that police officers are giving out information to persons of ill repute.

“It is believed that they might be divulging information to those persons as well, but the question of paying to stop investigations, I’m not aware of that,” he added in response to a question from a DNO reporter on the matter.

While condemning those with a ‘laissez-faire’ attitude towards police work, the deputy police commissioner told DNO that there are officers who are devoted to their work. He lauded the efforts of such officers and pointed out that although police officers’ vacation times had been reduced, such officers still maintained efficient performance.

“There were police officers who had lots of days off; because we had to cut their days to cause them to work … it is just that we still have police officers who are genuine, police officers who really want to work. You have a few who really have a don’t care attitude … Some of the officers do not pull their weight, it happens in the entire public service, but those who have worked, have worked very diligently …  Hence the reason why I said right now they have days spilling over because we cannot give them their off, because as you know election just passed,” Carrette disclosed.

Meanwhile, Carrette commended the public for giving support to the police force, however he noted that they could do much better in that area.

“The public has always been assisting the police, but sometimes you find there are impediments which prevent you really from going the full way so to speak, because you find you may get some information from certain persons,
but it’s how you deal with that information … sometimes you don’t want to jeopardize the safety of the person …. the people have been supportive, I can’t say no, but I still feel they can do more,” he stated.

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18 Comments

  1. praise god
    March 30, 2011

    mr carrette dear do your job and i know that you wont be detered by those dirty tongue people who have no regards for the police. you have my full support and may god continue to bless the domnica police men and women who work tirelessly to keep our beautiful country peaceful. god bless you and your team.

  2. January 24, 2010

    keep up the good work deputy; dominica is in debt to u for your many years of service and good policing God bless and guide u and your family; thanks to u and the entire dominica police force.

  3. syborg55
    January 15, 2010

    I give up,I have yet to read a decent comment on the matter of crooked Policemen on the DPF. There are Moles and Holes in every Police institution around the world.I am sure that the top Brass of those Institutions are fully aware and are taking steps to plug these holes.You people should BACK OFF the Deputy Commissioner,he didn’t get where he is by standing idle unlike most of you who have nothing better to do,than to WHINE about everything!

  4. Bob
    January 14, 2010

    Come on home boy; it not a rumor. You and I know very well, there are good cops and bad cop. In fact, most of you are a bunch of Angry, corrupted,bullies with authority.

  5. Righteous
    January 1, 2010

    The officers who are giving information about pertinent cases should be disciplined and charge with hindering and interfering with an investigation especially if the investigation is of a serious criminal nature. As far as the association with known drug dealers, that is part of community policing as long as the policemen are not involved in drug dealing operation. The statement about “Known Dealers” sounds cliche….If they are “known dealers”, then a better surveillance system should be implimented to bust these individuals.

    Mr. Carrette is doing a very good job in soliciting the public support and promoting the Protect and Serve motto of the Police Force.

  6. January 1, 2010

    Why the prim minister have to get involve…the commisioner and the others seeing those same dirty cops everyday just do away with them,clean up time and we heading for the next level including the police station.

  7. Dominican In Tortola
    January 1, 2010

    Deputy Carette so far i find u are doing a good job just keep focused keep ur head high keep ur eyes on the Lord and everything will come after

  8. LCM
    January 1, 2010

    am lost

  9. Old Sam
    December 31, 2009

    THATS BAD! GET RID OF THESE JOKERS!

  10. a joke man
    December 31, 2009

    hmmmn, a commission of inquiry? I’m just saying.
    Find and get rid of these dirty cops. This is not NYC, we have no use or space for that matter for dirty crooked cops. NO SPACE. WEED THEM OUT

  11. concerned
    December 31, 2009

    i’m not saying that the officers are not doing their jobs but something needs to be done about those who fail to apply by the law and fail to do the jobs that they are being paid to do.we need to hear from the prime minister on what he is going to do about that. i believe some of them need to be laid off period.

  12. December 31, 2009

    ..stupeeesss,dem police jus not in it at all…..

  13. Arjay
    December 31, 2009

    You don’t have to read too much into the Deputy Commissioner’s words to conclude that he is aware of the public’s concerns . Unfortunately, the Deputy Commissioner gives no indication of what is being done to address these issues ( information leaks, questionable associations) which can tarnish the image of the DPF. One can only hope that this was a genuine omission on his part.

  14. December 31, 2009

    what

  15. December 31, 2009

    wel …. i dont expect the bigger heads to know bout these kind o f things… is not every thing thte boss just know right. but anyways dem police need to start taking their jobs more seriously. is persons lives and charater that are at stake…. it could be yours one day. every one have thiers comming for them, mine might be today… some one else tommorow… yours next week… but it wiil come. and if you all doing them thing dere it will come real hard on you alll greater than i may ever feel it

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