Top cop promises to keep eye on new police vehicles

Carbon said there is a reputation for not taking care of police vehicles
Carbon said there is a reputation for not taking care of police vehicles

Police Commissioner, Daniel Carbon, has accused police officers of having a bad reputation of not taking “proper care” of vehicles assigned to them.

In light of this he is promising to take  “keen” interest in three new vehicles that the police force received on Wednesday, courtesy of the Government of Dominica, to the tune of some EC$ 317,000.

“We have a reputation, I must say, that our officers do not take proper care, control and management of police vehicles. That is not a good reputation,” the top cop said at a ceremony at Police Headquarters.

Carbon stated there is a system in place to control police vehicles but for one reason or the other, “we find ourselves wanting and lacking in the supervision of the vehicles.”

He assured National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore who was present at the ceremony, that he will personally keep an eye on the vehicles.

“Mr. Minister I want to assure you, that as long as I am Chief, I will take a keen interest in all three vehicles. My eye will be on these vehicles,” Carbon said. “Under my watch, these vehicles will be properly controlled, managed and supervised. After all, the citizens of this country, and even people who visit us, must get true and good service from these vehicles.”

Blackmoore said that the three vehicles are the results of the chief’s urgent requests for them and he hopes it will make the work of the police easier.

“It is my hope, therefore, that the police will be able to respond to reports in a more effective manner, also provide patrols, not only in the city of Roseau, but throughout the portions of this country,” he said.

Blackmore called on Carbon to refrain from letting the people of the country down where tax monies are concerned.

“We must get value for our money,” he said.

The vehicles consist of one bus and two vans.

The bus will be assigned to the Douglas-Charles Airport Immigration section.

One van will go to the Vieille Case Police Station, since there has been no vehicles there for the past three years, and the other will go to the Traffic Department.

The vehicles
The vehicles

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  1. Jon Jones
    August 16, 2016

    Why dont they just buy some secondhand police vehicles from abroad that come ready equipped with communication systems, trackers, CCTV, etc. That would let control know exactly where a vehicle is at any given time and can record activity.
    Also you can get a vehicle log sheet on line that a driver fills out before and after taking a vehicle out on duty. He has to check the vehicle is safe, road legal and record any damage or scratches to each panel. This should ensure less recklessness with state property and with the other measures bring about a culture of greater safety, accountability and professionalism within the force.
    Not mountains here, rather molehills. Better administrative procedures and procurement savvy is what is needed here.

    • Jon Jones
      August 16, 2016

      Having taken a look at the vehicle photos now, they should have gone on eBay for a better deal. If not, I know a man for next time…..

  2. The truth
    February 13, 2015

    Is this for real? This guy continues to throw his officers under the bus for no reason. Police moral must be at an utmost low in that police service. He wants to personally keep an eye and supervise the vehicles. I thought that supervision was meant for people. Looks like he has a lot of time on his hand as commissioner, for him to be supervising vehicles. He should use that time to come up with a strategic plan to move the police service forward, increase the men moral, professionalism and efficiency. That will surely help if there is any issue in maintenance of vehicles.

  3. February 12, 2015

    To Mr Carbon

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Sir all Department vehicles should have a Vehicle Log assigned to them which must be filled out by the operator every time the vehicle is used. Once a week a supervisor should check the log and sign it then he must compare the Auto Log with the Command Log and Case Number to determined if the vehicle is being used for Department Business. The operator of the vehicle must check the oil before he/she start the vehicle to prevent damage to the engine and the Police Department should have their own anto mechanic to maintain the vehicles. The Vehicle Log should be headed as follower.

    Date: Time Out: Time In: Officer: Destination: Case Number: Mileage Out: Mileage In:

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 13, 2015

      Great comment Tony, except the checking of the oil in the engine, water in the radiator, and transmission fluid, and the oil in the deferential is not the part of a police officer’s duty. If that duty is imposed on them, the low level would to suggest it is their responsible for changing flat tyers, and knocking out the dents on the body when damages are sustained.

      Tony, every police Department I know in this universe do have a maintenance department which services their motor vehicles. A long time ago in Dominica, the Public Works Department serviced the three Land Rover Jeep the police department had, and that was in the colonial days. I operated an Electronic business in Antigua, I had a contract to service all of the departments electronic appliances, such as television, and even their communication system though they had a guy Scouten trained in England to serve that purpose.

    February 12, 2015

    titwi put GPS on your katt nah

  5. Mamizes
    February 12, 2015

    Thats what you said the last time.

    February 12, 2015

    all that money for just three vehicles. that money could by at least six vehicles. all you buying to much luxurious transport what happen bling all you blinging nor.

  7. Francisco Telemaque
    February 11, 2015

    I agree I am one person who talk a lot: I pick on everything, especially, when people get out there, and talk crap in order to be noticed. Fact is the police force is a government entity, part of the nations civil service. If the Police Department is not owned by a private entity, I would imagine the tools required by the police in the performance of their duty, from the uniform they ware, to the pen or pencils used must be paid for by the Government: that is commonsense!

    To say “the police force received on Wednesday, courtesy of the Government of Dominica,” is like saying some private individual, or some foreign nation donated a gift to the Dominica police! Where do we find these people, he credits the government for something they are obligated to do. Someone need to remind Carbon that it is his money, and the rest of the taxpayers money, the government utilized in paying for three miserable vehicles. If you are on such a high: what if you command a force when they change…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 12, 2015

      What if you command a force when they change…

      When they retire old police patrol cars, and motor cycles, they get them in bulk of hundreds, and thousands. Learn this Carbon, in a place like America, there are cars on the road which are driven at more than two (200) hundred miles per hour. The Hayway patrol must have the same high altitude vehicles to contend with people like me who owns these high powered motor vehicle. And most sometimes one of those which travels at more than two hundred miles per hour worth more than the miserable three hundred thousand E. C. dollars approximately $116,667.00 dollars you are over excited about. A chicken dropped it first egg! the cheapest Bugatti, on the market cost more than a million dollars., and we are talking about a million dollars U.S.

  8. Mahaut talk roro
    February 11, 2015

    Lol police want to police their new baby vehicle . Well look roro what about the money from portsmouth to roseau we can’t see where it gone….waaaaapapa

  9. Joeblo
    February 11, 2015

    Mr Carbon copy,

    Here are three things you should take keen interest in:

    1. The G.O.N Emmanuel Case;
    2. The Etienne case; and
    3. The Racketeering case.

  10. T-dot
    February 11, 2015

    Man, u’ll got one van and two pick up trucks!

  11. BEB
    February 11, 2015

    Mr. Commissioner, as a police officer, there were 8 beats in Roseau, Fond Cole was a beat, G/Will a beat Pottersville a beat, Morne Bruce a beat, new Town/Citronier a beat, Roseau was divided into 3 beats and all these beats were being patrolled by police constables on foot patrol during the 3 shifts, when there were less police men making up the strength of the Police Force.I patrolled all these beats in every given hour. Now a days, one can hardly find a police constable patrolling the streets of Roseau much less for the outskirts of Roseau. Are these beats still existing, Mr. Commissioner. I’m not indicating that one police officer should be patrolling the streets of Roseau all by him/herself , knowing that the criminal elements are at its high .Some time in the late 80’s while based in Vieille Case , I left there on foot to Penville on duty, I arrested a guy there and I had to walk back on foot with the prisoner. Now it would be a crime for a police to perform this duty.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 11, 2015

      BEB, you mean to tell me you were a police officer, that was the missing link, I think I now know who you are. I think you have a Wesley connection.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Hope I am not wrong.

    • CYRIL Volney
      February 12, 2015

      Sir, you are my kind of policeman.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 13, 2015

      BEB, I was so busy laughing I forgot to lay this one on you, since you walk that distance with a prisoner, I imagine you were on the force in the days of Inspector Wordsworth Telemaque. He told me when he was a police officer, because he was from Marigot stationed in Roseau, his CO (commanding officer) would send him alone to make arrest the most dangerous culprits.

      He told me he was sent from Roseau all the way to Delice to arrest a very bad man. He told me they maybe thought he would not returned, he told me in order for him to arrest the culprit, he had to implement some psychology, I will not tell what he did me he did, nevertheless, he said to the culprit was. You know if you do not come along with me all they will do is send more people to get you. He told me he did not even have to handcuff his prisoner, they walked side by side talk all the way to Roseau got to where is now called Fort Young Hotel and locked him up!

    • The Facts
      February 17, 2015

      This is rather interesting. You walked back with the prisoner? Wow! Note that prisoners in those days were not as those of today. You can say that the prisoner was respectful to you, your status and was obedient. Compared to those of today, he deserved a citation. :lol:
      I always say in bygone years D/ca had petty criminals; not really bad ones. It is my feeling that prisoners could have been easily rehabilitated if D/ca had the means to do so.
      Today, a police dare not walk miles with a prisoner. Just imagine what would occur to the police and/or the prisoner would resist the police and run away.
      As progressive as D/ca is today, I would like to see the good old days return as with petty criminals or none at all. I recall the days when they would clean the drainage, cut the grass also on the streets with Warden supervision. They worked for their keep at Stock Farm. This was called hard labour. We should try to bring back those days as stated. If only we could.

  12. February 11, 2015

    Good talk Mr. Carbon, but also bear in mind no matter how many vehicles the police may have there have been numerous occasions when the citizens request assistance from the police they are told that they do not have any transportation .In Dominica we live in small communities ,and there are times when the police vehicles are out of the station compound, we can see and do know that they are not on police business Please equip the police/citizens vehicles with adequate radios so that contact can be made where ever they may be. There is a strong perception that discipline in the force is at a very low standard.

  13. Rockrr
    February 11, 2015

    Lol me them just make me lagh we. 3 little vihicle all u get from skerite after the man spend over 30 million dollars on a campaign??? The man spending so much money on a campaign why he could not send all you and do a little course of degree. Most of all you have no degree of no education . CID cannot solve crime. They have no training. And no equipment. Stupes. That cabon there self self Mr just like a pupet . it have a rakettering matter for you to investigate but u talking about taking care of vehicles lol lol . What for you to take care of you not taking care off. Not even you day have to be where u be there. That is a failed system run by skerite.

  14. Liberty
    February 11, 2015

    So the priority of the police chief is to look after and take a keen interest in the forces vehicles??
    How about taking a keen interest in the Murders,Drug Crime,Shootings.
    Come on Chief,let’s have some positive leadership.

  15. Governance
    February 11, 2015

    The Commisioner of Police cannot be serious when he says that ” I will take a keen interest in the three new vehicles” “My eye will be on these vehicles”

    1. Will he also take a keen interest in on all the other vehicles. Why leave them out!

    2. One vehicle is in Vieille Case and the other is in Marigot. What system is he going to use to take a keen interest and for his eyes to be on these vehicles?

    3. This is not the Commissioner’s job he should delegate

    4. According to DNO, the Commissioner stated ” there is a system in place to control police vehicles but for one reason or the other, “we find ourselves wanting and lacking in the supervision of the vehicles.””there is a system in place.

    If there is a system in place, then hold who ever is responsible, accountable. It shows lack of leadership by the Commissioner and in that regard he is a weak manager.

    The Commissioner of Police job is administartive and not operational.

    • Ms. Educator
      February 11, 2015

      That’s exactly why he is a Chief of Police and not a Commissioner of Police…DNO do your research.

    • The Facts
      February 17, 2015

      If the others do not take a keen interest in properly maintaining the vehicles they drive, someone has to do it. He, at the top and concerned, will do it. There is nothing wrong with that. He did not state that he will be responsible for their maintenance. What I deduced is, utilizing my common sense, he will ensure that they are well-maintained.
      Some of you people must read between the lines and think before criticizing him. You are lacking in common sense.

  16. Mark
    February 11, 2015

    “Mr. Minister I want to assure you, that as long as I am Chief, I will take a keen interest in all three vehicles. My eye will be on these vehicles,” Carbon said. “Under my watch, these vehicles will be properly controlled, managed and supervised. After all, the citizens of this country, and even people who visit us, must get true and good service from these vehicles.” Wow- why don’t you assure the Dominican people Mr. Police Chief of arresting rouge cops and taking control of the force? You don’t have to assure Rayburn he is just a politician. Carbon is such a weak guy there is no way that police force can be al lit can be. Also he reports to Blackmoore–that is like adding insult to injury for they both are unqualified to have their jobs.

    February 11, 2015

    a police station has no vehicle for three years??????????????? and you are proud to say that?? shame!!!

    • February 11, 2015

      And look at who is the para rep for the Vielle Case constituency, none other than our PM/Finance Minister. Where is the figure head Police Commissioner from? none other than Vielle Case. Enough said, bunch of jokers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Trust Me
    February 11, 2015

    none for castle bruce?

    • The Facts
      February 17, 2015

      Wait your turn. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  19. Francisco Telemaque
    February 11, 2015

    Police officers are only supposed to drive the vehicles assigned to them in the performance of their duty. The only care they have to take is avoiding the running over of pedestrians in the street, and avoiding collision with other motorist. Service, and Maintenance is the responsibility of the Government.

    Therefore the government should contract some mechanical, and body repair shop to keep the vehicles properly maintained, and in safe running order; that is the key of taking care of any motor vehicle. Ours is a very small force, nevertheless there should be a paid staff (mechanics) employed by the government specifically for that purpose!

    • The Facts
      February 17, 2015

      Did you give this a thought? There are different types of maintenance. You should know some people are reckless drivers. In less than no time they could also damage the vehicles. Some do not keep their vehicles clean. They could also be smelly. This could tarnish the interior of the vehicles.

  20. waypapa
    February 11, 2015

    police gettin more vehicles to run woman…….i member when de van had got stuck behind de church….for a 15 yrs old girl….but is other pple they see…

    • The truth
      February 13, 2015

      You are really wearing your ignorance as a badge of honor

  21. Peter Potter
    February 11, 2015

    The usage of government vehicles, including police cars, for private business has to stop and Carbon would be well advised to make it a sackable offence. How many times do I see in my village police offers using the police cars for private shopping and more to the point ferrying their girl friends from A to B. Something else has to stop, these policemen need to drive the vehicles at sensible speeds, and stop cutting corners and behave like hooligans on the road. They need to be made aware of their role in the community and that is to lead by example and enforce the law where necessary.

    • The Facts
      February 17, 2015

      This is what he may also have meant when he stated he will keep his eyes on the vehicles. He did not have to make it explicit or spell it out for you.
      I wished some of you would utilize your basic common sense by putting on your thinking cap and think more than once and slowly when you read those articles lest you misinterpret what was stated and prior to commenting.

  22. Citizen
    February 11, 2015

    All of this is well and good but I think that DSWMC should be receiving some of those gifts, since they are the ones who are always blamed for the unsightly image of our country. A few garbage trucks seem to be of greater importance than new vehicles for the Police force, who always seem to be getting new vehicles. GIVE DSWMC A FEW NEW TRUCKS!!!!

  23. OMG
    February 11, 2015

    Really ? This is news – thats what Dominica is worried about ? Am saddened

  24. feeling
    February 11, 2015

    The one which he call a bus is actually a van.
    The ones he called the van is actually a pickup truck

    • BEB
      February 11, 2015

      In the diaspora, what is known as a mini van, we call it a bus in DA and of course what we call a van is commonly known as a pick up truck. No fault of the commissioner .If a Bagan was to visit Dominica and hear what we call buses , he/she would laugh as us.

      • Titiwi
        February 11, 2015

        Beb, the diaspora is not only the U.S.A. you know. That always pisses me off, as if there is no world beyond the U.S.A. For a start E.U. is bigger than U.S.A. You go to U.S.A. from an island an you still as insular as before.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        February 11, 2015

        BEB, if is one time you told the truth, it this time and the Buss “ting” eh. You know one time I was visiting Dominica, and my late uncle Richard (Vassalo ) had just return from England, he bought a new Mini Van, I went with him to do some registration, or inspection up there on Victoria Street I believe in the area of the old High Court, East DBS and the old Library. He spoke to someone regarding whatever business, this lady ask my uncle “where is the Berss. I laughed until I drop to the ground, and this is no an exaggeration. I ask my uncle, what is she talking about? He told me “how you see um dey, ah Buss she ea call Berss eh!

        One of Enoch Christmas the late daughters a police officer was standing next to her when the lady ask where is the berss!

  25. Pen noir
    February 11, 2015

    Mr. Minister I want to assure you, that as long as I am Chief, I will take a keen interest in all three vehicles. My eye will be on these vehicles,” Carbon said. “Under my watch, these vehicles will be properly controlled, managed and supervised. After all, the citizens of this country, and even people who visit us, must get true and good service from these vehicles.” Mr. Carbon are you only concerned about those three vehicles? What about those that exist that you should have been taking care of under your watch??
    Carbon stated there is a system in place to control police vehicles but for one reason or the other we find ourselves wanting and lacking in the supervision of the vehicles.” Whose fault…..Mr. Weeks(lol)

    • shaka zulu
      February 11, 2015

      The others were donated by china so he is not too concerned.

      • Malatete
        February 12, 2015

        I don’t know about China. As far as I know they donated quite a number of motorbikes. Over the last eight years the police received at least 33 new vehicles that I know of, incl. the 3 this week:
        -21 vehicles from the Govt. of Dominica in 2007/2008 under Mathias Lestrade
        – 5 vehicles in 2012 from the Govt. of Dominica under Cyril Carette
        – 4 super-size pickup doneted by the U.S.A. in 2008, when mr. Blackmoore was also Min. of Nat. Security, Immigration & Labour. These vehicles were assigned to the S.S.U.
        Obviously, the force already had vehicles in use before receiving those listed and it would be interesting to know the current status, if only of the 30 received prior to this week’s addition.

  26. cb dominican
    February 11, 2015

    That alone he want to keep eye on huh hi lord them police them not eazy

  27. Efficatious
    February 11, 2015

    This is an in-house matter what that got to do with online news. Once a month you keep meeting in the recreation hall and have a chat with the Police and update them, what has police business got to do with the public they don’t want to help the Police so they must stay out of Police business

  28. just asking
    February 11, 2015

    are they vans or pickups?

  29. hmmmm
    February 11, 2015

    so when i have to drop my child to school and pick up my wife for lunch now???

    • Outside Looking In
      February 11, 2015

      You walk, your child walk, your wife walk. Everybody …WALK WALK WALK

  30. And so on
    February 11, 2015

    So Carbon of all the lawless that happening in Dominica you find is police vehicle you want to be ? I never heard you about the alleged fire at Melville Hall airport Carbon.

      February 11, 2015

      Toyota carbon,, one that do have gear

  31. limning
    February 11, 2015

    limning comes first

  32. Titiwi
    February 11, 2015

    Police vehicles not to be used for private purposes. Fit each one with a GPS locator so they know exactly where they are at all times. Anyone disabling that GPS must explain why and the vehicle brought in for refitting immediately. Police can not be soft on themselves if there is to be discipline.

  33. anonymous2
    February 11, 2015

    This has been going on for years. Anything that isn’t their own property in DA, they will abuse.

    • girl
      February 11, 2015


      don’t say it so, is not police alone, is human being on a whole, once is not their/your the party in question don’t give a dam.

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