Minister of Justice, Immigration and National Security Rayburn Blackmoore has announced that the government will make available an additional eight (8) new vehicles to the Dominica Police Force in order to boost efficiency.
Speaking recently, at the launch of a Community Policing Committee for Calibishie, Blackmoore said the government continues to provide resources to the police to ensure that they are “properly equipped” and to improve their living conditions.
“We have provided in the recent past, new police stations in La Plaine, Calibishie and Grandbay…we continue to provide stations with other physical resources to ensure that the police is properly equipped and although it is not contained in this year’s budget, but the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister during our discussion, have given the commitment to provide the police with additional vehicles,” he said. “And I asked of the Police Commissioner to provide me with the list and he has done so, and he has said to me by way of writing that he needs seven, but I reminded him, seven plus one, because we also need one for the community policing program.”
According to the minister, this means that “every department, every police station will be equipped with a new vehicle and in some case two.” Furthermore, he noted that to ensure that the police have adequate coverage, in September [this year] thirty nine (39) new recruits will be graduating from the training school in Morne Bruce.
“That will take us [to] well over 500 police officers and of course, we need to have men to do the job,” he added.
Blackmoore indicated that the government will continue to improve its laws, “because we have to ensure that our laws are continually updated to suit the current time.”