Top cop launches investigation into Coast Guard Base fire

Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon
Police Chief Daniel Carbon

Police chief, Daniel Carbon, has launched an investigation into an incident at the Coast Guard Base during which a boat allegedly involved in drug trafficking was destroyed by fire.

Carbon said on Tuesday that investigations are ongoing on two fronts. According to him one is from a disciplinary perspective “to see if anyone is responsible as to the dereliction of duty.”

“And a criminal investigation is going on as well as to who the perpetrator was…,” he said.

On Friday, July 19, emergency units responded to an early morning call at the base. Upon arrival an open keel boat, named Bowdel, was found on fire which was brought under control.

Carbon said he must take action into the matter saying he has a zero tolerance policy towards unprofessional conduct in the police force. “That is what I am paid to do and the citizens of this country expect that from me,” he said.

The boat seized in the operation
The boat seized in the operation

The top cop said the police did what he described as a “brilliant piece of work” on intercepting the vessel “and the exhibit is within the compound of the Coast Guard Base and someone can go inside there and destroy the exhibit by fire ….anything could have happened in the Coast Guard Base that morning.”

Carbon pointed out that he is not going to bend his head “like an ostrich” and pretend nothing had happened since instructions were given as recently as last December to ensure the base is “under maximum security” and the men there ought to be on high alert to provide security.

“Those are the things I will just not be happy with,” he said.

The boat is the main exhibit in a court matter involving a drug bust which occurred on July 12 in the community of Stowe in the south of the island.

1,400 pounds of Marijuana and one vehicle were seized in the operation.

Three Dominicans have been charged in connection with the case and were denied bail when they appeared in court on Thursday, July 18.

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90 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    July 25, 2013

    who’s the owner of the boat? what does he have to say? hehehehe
    Just tap mista phone. his cousin phone, his mother phone, his brother phone, his parweh phone, his women phone, his whole village phone, their bordering villages phone, the children phone. Tap everybody phone! Then put the recordings on a boat and wait for somebody to come and burn it! look bowdel!
    ALLU UDOHREADYET!

  2. neighbourhood
    July 24, 2013

    too much robo cop in the police force

  3. dee
    July 24, 2013

    This sound like a inside job investigate those crooked cops.

  4. simplygorgeous70
    July 24, 2013

    you made your bed with the devil himself take what u get Carbon u came in to do the crime minister’s dirty work some people thougth u were air of fresh and clean breeze but not me i knew u were the same shit we the public needed to hear u or know where u stood u couldn’t talk now that your Master wants your tail u need us to protest for u u slept with dog don’t come now and have us kill your ticks get the behind us Satan only the LORD saves if anything was good about u it now contaminated i can give free advice REPENT AND CONFESS

  5. fil
    July 24, 2013

    Comissioner investigate your officers on this matter because there is no smoke without fire where was security. One of your own might be an inside job.

  6. July 24, 2013

    Hello and good afternoon to my people. Well Mr Carbon the Police Department have been doing a Good job against the drug dealers who try to used our water ways as a transit point. Now does the Coast Guard Base falls under your jurisdiction in far as security is concerned. If it does then I hold you responsible because you should have twenty four hour security at the base and you must have a supervisor checking on the Officers who provides the security aspecially on the four to twelve and the midnight to eight tour of duty. If there isn’t security cameras at the base then your investigation won’t reveal who committed the Arson rather you will find that there wasn’t any Officer/Officers on duty or if there were then no supervisor checked on them. The Police Department must have their own location to secure evidence of this size rather than using the Coast Guard Base. Mr Carbon I have one advised for you and its that. You must look within the Police Department and take ten of your senior Detective and assigned them to your office in that way they can conduct confidential investigation and report their finding to only you because it seem to me that you have a lack of trust with your Department. Also Mr Carbon you must learn to speak as a professional Law Enforcement Official because I am sure you have some formal education and stop speaking like you are a high school drop out. Sir you are our Police Commissioner.

    • labor
      July 24, 2013

      IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE THE WAY MR. CARBON TALKS. PEOPLE JUDGE YOU BY THE WAY YOU SPEAK. HIS GRAMMER IS GOOD, BUT SOMETHING IS WRONG

      • July 25, 2013

        Hello I don’t think he is comfortable infront of the press or cameras.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 25, 2013

      So what, Tony? Your last sentence, shat is your problem? There are some Dominicans who love to give others advice when they were not asked or solicited. They think they know more than others. You are one of those. I would think you are a disagreeable person who lacks respect for others. You should keep your views and insults to yourself.

      • Justice and Truth
        July 25, 2013

        ‘what’

      • July 25, 2013

        Justice & Truth.

        Hello are you satisfied with what Mr Carbon said and how he said it. I can only assume that he we accurately quoted by the reporter. DNO is a public forum therefore I am entitled to give an opinion or advised if I feel I proficient in a particular topic. Now I have twenty four years of lawenforcement experience with New York City Police Department and I was an executive Officer of a precinct Detective Squad where I supervised more Police Officers and Detectives than there are members of Dominica Police Department. Anyway am certain that I know more about lawenforcement than you and am quite capable of giving advise to Mr Carbon. Mr Carbon must understand that he is the Police Commissioner and he should set Policies and put procedures into effect to properly manage his Department rather than begging his Officer to perform their duties in a professional manner.

  7. woopie
    July 24, 2013

    Even its an inside job, the boat is just a piece of evidence, what about the drugs, thats the real evidence we need, burning the boat after it was in police custody makes no sense, it only strenghtens the police case, so thats a dum move if they think that thye would affect the investigation or the case itself.

    NEIGHBORING POLICE OFFICER, SSU

  8. Skare it
    July 24, 2013

    Use the lie detector on those crooks

  9. Edmonton, Canada
    July 24, 2013

    why would Mr.Carbon order an investigation now? As the top cop he would have known that the base was without any form of security at nights, so he should start by looking at himself and stop playing mind games with the Dominican public..

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      Yes stop blaming people when he knew the status of the base and done nothing.One has the whole compound to secure,the boats the whalf and boats along side it and most of all all the exhibit in the yard,and ure a not secure.

  10. Deborah Peters
    July 24, 2013

    A real manager would not humuliate their men in public, this sounds beffy like someone who just listens to beff and then come out and blast others.
    Please do better sir, so you will be able to get the support of your men.

    • Yam babawoolais
      July 24, 2013

      The public already know about the chief’s men. It is the public that have been talking about corruption. The police have been asking the us to say something when we see something so it is only fear for the chief to do the same.

    • ytea
      July 24, 2013

      yea it seems like he listens to what the public says about police then he just take it up and blast his men with alligations lol ha good job carbon u doing well keep it up haha. please the public man lol

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2013

      I agree, he is making the Force look worse than it is, pouring gasolene on a fire.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 25, 2013

      Where are you residing? In Dominica? I would not think that you reside abroad and would make such a statement.
      Did he mention names? Some of you are narrow-minded. It is normal and expected that he would have stated exactly what he stated. The public must know about this fire. They are already suspicious and feel it is an inside job.
      A gun was stolen from the police station. It is speculated that it is an inside job. I wonder if these two are related to the illegal drugs?

    • dominica
      August 5, 2013

      YOU ARE SO WELL INFORMED.

  11. yes I moderator
    July 24, 2013

    Mr carbon I wud have no hard feelings if u ordered u guys at the coast guard base to take out any persons who breach security there to cause harm or destroy evidence.

  12. 2 CuTe
    July 24, 2013

    My 9 year old sister explained that incident to me in one sentence.

    Moral of the story is , its not rocket science.

    #itsobvious !

  13. word
    July 24, 2013

    look Bowdel, so they burn Bowdel

  14. July 24, 2013

    You should have seen and known the insecurities before . Your back is against the wall so speak . Pilate was never more innocent than those who drew the nails and pierced the Christ .

  15. I love dominica
    July 24, 2013

    :?: I don’t understand…. Let’s all hold hands… 4get about the politics and move on to make dominica a better country…

  16. DieHardBlue
    July 23, 2013

    Oh Dominica poor that sweet country

  17. Anonymous
    July 23, 2013

    :-D check the coast guards first they crooked

  18. Blazing guns
    July 23, 2013

    Carbon stop putting up your smoke screen. i am sure three months or even more down the road when we ask for an update of those two investigations you spoke of your answer will be no one has been found liable. you know who are the corrupt, dishonest and ill discipline police officers are and you don’t do anything to them because they are also the lazy and empty headed ones you promoting and put in certain sections because they carrying news to you. you as a chief must stop encouraging and embracing that news carrying thing because those who are doing it will always look for some sort of lie to carry to u because they want favors from you. you need to rise over that pettiness and allow police officers who can do the job to get promotion and work in areas where they are productive even if you don’t like them personally. had you all made an example of the coast guard officers who had stolen the gas from the Venezuelan boat while it was an exhibit in their possession a few years ago they would not burn a boat now. just remember the public is watching and we know who is working and who isn’t.

  19. %
    July 23, 2013

    Mr Carbon we also need an investigation into the leaking of Skerrit’s confidential IPO INFORMATION SIR!
    LET’S NOT LET THIS ONE PASS!

  20. Morihei Ueshiba
    July 23, 2013

    Ze amount of investigations being launched these days u will swear this is a country of law & order, de audacity of dem fellas in the wake of mano case is unimaginable! :lol:

  21. Gem
    July 23, 2013

    Why would one sit back and talk such ill of such r bless island
    Where u know where every u are in the world is no better
    Look your self in the Mirrow

    • Justice and Truth
      July 23, 2013

      Your little, limited knowledge and spelling in the English language need improving.

      I would like to think that Dominica is blest. To a certain extent but not fully blest. Beautiful, yes. Full of natural resources, yes but not blest in the true sense of the word.
      A country that has numerous criminal elements and the amount of critics, the latter according to their comments on this Website, is not blest.
      Consider the amount of crimes/murders and drug trafficking which take place in D/ca. This depict the number of unloving, uncaring, hard and wicked hearts there are in Dominica. They cause this beautiful island not to be blest and totally so.
      God will bless those who are doing their utmost to worship him with sincerity, performing good deeds in Jesus Name and helping to make Dominica a happy, peaceful and safe place. It appears there are few of them.
      The others that may do more talking and less action, if none at all in this respect must learn from those who do and act in godliness so that God will fully bless Dominica. The majority of this society needs to be transformed into godliness in words and deeds. I hope you comprehend that.

  22. Sati Sot
    July 23, 2013

    OJ is still looking for his wife killer(s).

    • Justice and Truth
      July 23, 2013

      I am neutral on this one. If he murdered her, he was not alone. I do not think OJ alone murdered his wife and her friend. Another one or more people were involved.

  23. EME
    July 23, 2013

    The Coast Guard Base should be properly gated & fenced but sadly it is NOT. The security fencing is a total DISGRACE. The respective authorities – the Ministry of National Security & Police top brass, should take URGENT measures to secure the base with PROPER security fencing, cameras, etc… Don’t wait until something happen before things get done; they are reactive rather than proactive. Stop running all you mouth and give the officers what they need to do their work more effectively Mr. Top Cop. The officers tired beg for the authorities to fix the perimeter fencing and NOTHING has been done. Please do something now, before something else happens.

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      Yes i support you a 100%,the people who have nothing to say must take a drive and carefully examine the coast guard fence,than you will know who must be charge for it.Poor lighten lack of man power millions of dollars assets sit on the base,how can one person secure all this compound.you all knows nothing.

  24. do not edit
    July 23, 2013

    The police should start doing like jdf stop arrest and send them boys to meet their maker on the high seas. Justice won’t have people to free.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 23, 2013

      We do not want them on the high seas. We eat the fishes in the sea.

  25. Zozio
    July 23, 2013

    We keep crying doom on our country so much that doom is prevailing. All because we want to gain ppower we see everything bad no matter what. DA is not the best but helas its not that which some of us are portraying it to be.DNO has become the nest for all the bad eggs. Who the cap fit, life is real hard out here in Queens.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 23, 2013

      What could Zozio do for Dominica? Dominica needs doers, not talkers and critics. Unless everyone cooperates for the good of Dominica, it will be doomed. Time will tell about that. United we stand. Divided we fall.

  26. how comes!!
    July 23, 2013

    My mother told me that was an inside job!!! The crooked cops who are involved in the drug trade burnt the evidence!!!Wake up my people!!!

    • me
      July 23, 2013

      but anybody thinking straight should think that was done by one or a few officers at the base. who in their right mind would risk going in there to set just that boat fire?

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      Dominica needs a fingerprinting, footprinting and security system in Dominica. This is how they will be caught. God knows who they are. He has already caught them. Woe to them.

  27. Not a herd follower
    July 23, 2013

    Good, Commissioner. We look forward to hearing the findings of the investigation and the dispensation of justice thereafter.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      Patience! First things first. Let the investigation take its course. Upon completion, the results must be released to the public.

  28. dominican away
    July 23, 2013

    hope something good comes out from that investigation

  29. DR Haha.
    July 23, 2013

    Mr Carbon sir,who is going to do the investigations? a Police Officer or a civilian? Mr Carbon sir that is the same Coast Guard Base that over thirty (30) containers of petrol were inadvertantly emptied. An investigation was launched and when they discovered who did it it was placed on the back burner and burnt to ashes. Sir please dont go there…..we all know what is going to happen. The country is soon going to be very busy with all kinds of excitement and the people are all going to forget that ever happened because it is going to be dead by then. Oh sir it is good to know that you can finally talk about something.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      Negative and lack of confidence! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  30. mee1
    July 23, 2013

    Mr.Carbon tried to sound beefy and tough, but I know most Dominicans do not buy that. Words on the street is that it was an inside job, so lets see if anything will come out of that.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      Are you speaking for others? Do you know their hearts and minds and can read them? Those who have confidence will not think as you do.

  31. July 23, 2013

    Sir,
    Why don`t you call your men privately to a special meeting and forcefully say what you need to say?
    Stop humuliating your men publicly, we all, including you, need their support to manage the country effectively. Didn`t you do psychology? Use it better than that!

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      What makes you think he did not call a meeting with them? Give him a bread to conduct the investigation. Based on what you stated, you need to study psychology. You lack it.

  32. %
    July 23, 2013

    Dominica and the institution called the police is in total disarray. The police is largely a failed institution. Many of these officers are political slaves of the ruling government, who drink heavily, curse, have no respect, and downright senseless.
    I cautiously love those who are fighting drugs and drug trafficking on island, because I have a ZERO TOLERANCE for drug traffickers.THEY ARE CRIMINALS. I think they (the drug unit),should take the fight against the crinminal elements on island trafficking drugs and truncating the lives of our youths, to a NEW LEVEL. FIGHT THEM WITH ALL WHAT YOU ALL GET/HAVE.
    To the political elements,you all have brought SHAME on this institution, which your predecessors worked so hard, and with so little resources to build as a professionals force.
    I DO NOT TRUST ANY INVESTIGATION conducted by our own men/women alone. This country is a failed, upside down, inside out and corrupt country, where you are punished based on your party colour, your surname, etc.
    HOWEVER THE WAR ON DRUGS SHOULD INTENSIFY.

    • 100% Dominican
      July 24, 2013

      To %…….when the government is saying that to become a police officer now, you must first get approval from your parl rep, what sort of force do we expect to have in a few years time?? Hey boss, Dominicans are crazy if they allow this government to continue as is! This is just a taster of what is to come if they continue in power……expect martial law and total dictatorship in a few years time eh! They will do anything to protect the cow and those who suck on it because if they do not, we will all find out the filth that exists within the shed where the cow is being kept and fed in order to provide them with milk…..hmmmmmmm

      • %
        July 24, 2013

        I will forever criticize the type of people we have passing as police officers, even if they find who I am and they do ‘X OR Y OR Z TO ME. 98% or more of them, including the women are rogues, and therefore undeserving to be officers. I love with caution those in the “DRUG UNIT” who are diligently doing their job. “WELL DONE”.

      • July 25, 2013

        Hello. If one need approval from your Pal Rep to become a Police Officer then the process is ripe for corruption . I thought the requirements were that you must graduate from High School, pass the entrance exam and also pass a background check . Then you will be admitted to the Police Academy and if you meet all requirements in the academy upon graduation you will be sworn in. That should be the process of becoming a member of the Police Department. The Parl Rep shouldn’t have anything to do with the process.

  33. D/CAN TO DE BONE (FO
    July 23, 2013

    Thanks Mr commissionwer your sound serious. fIRST TIME IN MY LIFE TIME i HEAR A A COMMISSIONER TALKM TOUGHT . tHE PUBLIC WILL WELCOME YOUR STAND

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      He has a backbone and he means what he says. He means business. Crocked cops must be weeded out. Pray to God for this. Pray for him too. His job is not an easy one.

    • ?
      July 24, 2013

      Serious? What a joke!

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      What stand a you talking about,he is trying to please that public on police officers he have his strength.So long the office on the base have been crying to get the fence fix,proper lighten of the compound and more man power.

  34. disappointed
    July 23, 2013

    pure corruption in that place.. so fed up of reading about the nonsense in that place it makes me sick!

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      When last you practiced the faith? If you do, how sincere are you? When last you prayed for Dominica, nationals and all those who serve the public?

  35. MET YO
    July 23, 2013

    oh please carbon..waste of time. the whole police force in a mess. they install you there for politricks…now it backfiring..all kinda BOWDEL going on. the whole country in a mess, ring de bell and gimme my voter ID

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2013

      ur are just a disgruntled > u stink of and that’s what u talking

  36. Da
    July 23, 2013

    All the hard work you say the policeis doing is all going up in smoke . When you have justices giving bail before the police even finish their investigations.
    So same things will happen , when police go out there and find out who cause the fire, make an arrest , just to see the criminals set free soon after.
    This must frustrate the police.

  37. Whistler
    July 23, 2013

    This Top Cop can’t be serious…is the word Investigating part of the Dominica’s DNA with Positive Results….this a Joke.

    Nothing will come out of this…Dominicans are not know to be brilliant when comes to uphold law,standards and morales..hmm a few bark..

    In a developed or smart place on earth you would see the outrage and actions by policy makers and the larger public…

    but again it’s Dominica!!

  38. i in that
    July 23, 2013

    thanks you sir we are look forward for the out come of the investigation.

    • FED UP
      July 23, 2013

      Thank U sir for what,Do u know how long the coast guard officer have been complaining of a damage fence by the road side,nothing has been done,until we gets a wake up call now we want investigation.

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      Looking for what investigation,when the cop have never visited the base or even pay attention to d fallen fence by the road side.

  39. fredey
    July 23, 2013

    This matter is serious our law officers need to be more vigilant whilst on security duties the inspector in charge needs to answer questions on dat that is pure slackness

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      How can one be vigilant whilst on security duties when they’re the same ones on patrol that have to come back to work the shift.

  40. Anonymous
    July 23, 2013

    Proper professional approach.

  41. Mangoes
    July 23, 2013

    Dominica is Thumps down at present…

    Anything rolls in Dominica now…

    Their PM has not lifted the bar in terms of Governance standards, all sectors in mudslide.

    When you drive around Dominica at Present you need a GPS to navigate the roads…

    Totally gutted with grass,drains unclean.

    What is interesting folks who know better say they are Christians sit back knowing that the island is mislead due massive greed,corruption and witchcraft and say nothing…

    Dominicans need to take action it maybe too late, but this island of Dominica sucks to the core!

    • Insider
      July 23, 2013

      witchcraft….what the hell…I just puked

    • Justice and Truth
      July 24, 2013

      And you are thumbs down too! Ha! Ha! Some of you think you can read people’s minds. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  42. Seminole Ave
    July 23, 2013

    OH Dominica! Time will Tell..

    Since when did Dominica loose all the knots and bolts….the island is falling apart folks..

    All Dominicans do is call the radio station, sickens me to hear the same talk all over every single date..

    Who will place the brakes on things in Dominica i am not sure..

    God helps those who help themselves Dominica..

    Go and rid your island of the evil deeds that plagues your island…

    • Mie
      July 23, 2013

      You can’t hide the truth. Time will tell. Our country continues to prosper slowly but surely.

  43. african queen
    July 23, 2013

    man do u know wat you saying? u continue to put uour head in the sand for Immanuel matter. u all never secure the vehicle that was burnt. God does not sleep Carbon He is watching all of us. So do not play like ‘good’ man now. BE CONSISTENT and YOU WILL BE RESPECTED. God bless you!

  44. Anonymous
    July 23, 2013

    Top cop please whoever was on guard knew what happen,isnt the area gated,you guys could fool the dumb poor people but not the rest of us.nothing is going to get out of this matter.

  45. Sati Sot
    July 23, 2013

    All “on duty” officers were asleep. End of story. Dock each one of them a month’s pay.

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      Yes one can say that and i don’t blame you cause you don’t know what happens on the base,have you ever taken a good look at the fence and lighten,lack of man power most time the men have to be called back on there days off,lack of man power.The same person doing the work on the base have to go on patrol and come back to work security,how effective can that person be,the cop know that.

  46. Sharp Shooter
    July 23, 2013

    Story is interesting perpetrators must be dealt with… .. Smile my friend smile

    • sheba
      July 24, 2013

      yes mr carbon must be dealt with for failing to fix the fence,security lighten and lack of man power,he knows every thing and nothing has been done.

  47. weehweh
    July 23, 2013

    hmn look ting well those police that working on that base there self on fire!!! prepare for transfers just now.top cop doe like all u nor.hahah

  48. KING WILLY
    July 23, 2013

    balls to you mr.Carbon.I hope this is not only smoke up our app.

  49. k
    July 23, 2013

    look bowdel

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2013

      plenty bowdel !

  50. Anonymous
    July 23, 2013

    It’s either … or …

  51. Anonymous
    July 23, 2013

    It either … or …

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