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.