Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette has shrugged off allegations of a spy network which has been snooping on the activities of several individuals in Dominica as rumors.
“The statements are not true and these are rumors,” Carrette said firmly.
Recently allegations surfaced that a spy network operating out of the Financial Center in Roseau has been eavesdropping on the actions of several individuals on the island.
But according to Carrette there is no such outfit but a police branch for collecting intelligence to fight crime. “Every police organization has an intelligence branch and our intelligence branch operates from the Financial Center, yes, but there is no spy operation of the Dominica Police force operating from the Financial Center,” he pointed out. “It is just a national joint intelligence unit for the National Joint Intelligence Center that collaborates with other similar agencies in the region but it is nothing like a spy agency.“
He added, “It has nothing to do with spying on people or listening to people’s conversation. We don’t want to listen to people’s conversation. What we want to do is to ensure that Dominica remains a safe place, so we collect all intelligence possible to deal with crime and criminals. That is what we are doing.”
The top cop did however say that the police gather information from meetings and other gatherings. “It happens in every administration. If there is a meeting we would have to collect information on the meetings, anything that is happening we have to collect information because we have to ensure that the country remains safe and nobody is planning any form of terrorist activities in the country,” he explained.
Carette pointed out the reason for this is to make sure everything is done within the confines of the law and if people try to defame others during these meetings the police have the requisite information to take to court.
He appealed to those describing the intelligent unit as a spy agency to stop doing so. “They are putting people in fear and this should not happen,” he said.