Dominica’s newly appointed acting police Chief Daniel Carbon said there is a need for proper vetting of police recruits and existing police officers.
On that basis he is supporting calls for the introduction of lie detector tests for local police.
“Anything that will help the police force to be a better unit I welcome it,” the top cop stated. “I have seen certain documents and I believe that’s the way to go. Every person getting enlistment into the force and those who are already here should be vetted properly.”
He said a vetting procedure is already in place but pointed out because of the sensitivity of the matter he did not wish to divulge too much information. He however pointed out, “Lie detector test is a positive move for the force.”
Carbon also made a call to the public to assist by providing information during the recruitment process of police officers. “The public has a responsibility to ensure people enlisted into the police force are trustworthy,” he said.
Lie detectors or polygraphs are instruments that monitor a person’s physiological reactions. These instruments do not, as their nickname might suggest, detect lies. They can only detect whether deceptive behavior is being displayed.