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.