La Plaine to get new ‘state of the art’ police station

PM Skerrit and MP Saint Jean breaking ground for the police station
PM Skerrit and MP Saint Jean breaking ground for the police station

La Plaine will soon have a brand new police station, which the government said will be ‘state of the art’ and will cost over $3-million.

A ground breaking ceremony took place in the community on Friday October 18, 2013 during which prime minister and minister of national security, Roosevelt Skerrit, said was another instance of the government keeping the promises it has made to the Dominican people.

He noted he believes that crime and criminals must be dealt with in a “very serious and brazen manner” and said that no matter how prosperous a people and a country becomes, “if we are not safe in our own homes and communities, it is of no value to us.”

Parliamentary Representative for the La Plaine Constituency and Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Petter Saint Jean, told his constituents that their safety was of paramount importance to government.

He stated that while La Plaine and surrounding villages are generally peaceful, the new police station will serve as a deterrent to crime while pointing out that “police officers must have a comfortable environment to work”.

The new police station is being financed through a loan from the Dominica Social Security and will cost $3,244,137.12.

The firm of A.K. Henderson Ltd. has been awarded the construction contract and actual construction is expected to last 47 weeks.

The new station will have two buildings. The main building will have two levels, with the lower level housing administrative offices, holding cells and magistrate’s court.

The upper level will house the male and female living quarters. The second building will serve as the Inspector’s quarters.

The La Plaine Police Station has been without a permanent location for a number of years.

This after the first station was severely destroyed by Hurricane David in 1979 and had to be later abandoned.

The station serves the villages of La Plaine, Grand Fond, Morne Journe, Riviere Cyrique and Beotica.

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55 Comments

  1. fondcole
    October 22, 2013

    why a big station in such a small community?dont u think that Roseau will benefit better from this state of the art police station instead of that old time boot chamber in the middle of Roseau called police headquarters?

  2. Anonymous
    October 21, 2013

    Over 3.2 million for police station and 0.4 million loan for the once biggest industry in Dominica and you showing off? What a thing.

  3. claire
    October 21, 2013

    continue breeding to give them 20 votes you need some materials to divide that household i hope they give you some

  4. Lang Mama
    October 21, 2013

    Loan from social security – how are they going to pay back social security. Pease don’t tell me is not my darn business. No money to pay Venezuela hw arewe going to sy social security.

  5. Fight the good fight
    October 21, 2013

    To UDOHREADYYET:
    So are you saying that the government just decided to wait 13 years to start all these projects? If you have any critical thinking skills, I am sure you’d understand why people are very skeptical about all this sudden ground-breaking. Anyways I hope that they paint the police station red for all the person who cannot account for the Dominica’s finances. On the other hand I guess they are thinking ahead. If it was me, I’d want to be housed in a state of the art prison also.

  6. October 21, 2013

    good job, is this development? YES IT IS, YES IT IS.

  7. October 21, 2013

    :?: :lol:

  8. Anonymous
    October 21, 2013

    When will pte michel get there station? the land has been purchased, for years it has been sitting there it is like a jungle now, and no one gives a hoot about it while every other villages get there police station mean while the government is spending millions of dollars renting from land lords on rent , where are the pte michel political representatives?.

  9. workhardener
    October 21, 2013

    yes sah, how many prisons can a small country build? I mean let’s build a school bondieu; educate the people, not jail them. What is wrong with mister?

  10. Anonymous
    October 21, 2013

    Is it more important to build or develop the hospital? There is land at the back of PMH, why not extend on the hospital. Dominicans are spending so much money going to the other Caribbean for scans or treatment. The vast majority can’t afford to pay for them. Many deaths could be prevented if we had the right equipment, invest in a MRI scanner instead

  11. Views Expressed
    October 21, 2013

    My God ..this government are a bunch of jokers…..Dominica has been building roads ever since,…built police stations before…….break ground…..all these guys are doing are running about breaking grounds fooling people that they are doing things. Fast cash…fast projects that has nothing to do with job creation and the better of these villages that remain poor.
    Serious poverty all over Dominica Skerrit running about showing face as if he is involved in meaningful development.
    Skerrit Go read President Eluid Williams` 2013 budget address to you ad Parliament and learn something about development, how not to abuse the poor and vulnerable with handouts….meaningful investments to job creation. Whats the rush nuh…the blues have you worried eh…..run papa run…do ground breaking.. You will be kicked out

  12. Crapaud
    October 21, 2013

    DSS has been raising premiums in an effort to sustain the Fund so where are they getting the money to provide a loan? I suppose those who have not benefited from the Fund should begin to make alternate investments for their future.

  13. jeff
    October 21, 2013

    its just a new house to play Domino and cook braf

  14. chow mien
    October 21, 2013

    The IMF warned the govt from taking money from the social security, yet here they go again.

    They use to boast how they have an unlimited source of funds from the chinese and the venezuelans, what ever happened to that?

  15. UDOHREADYET
    October 21, 2013

    I’m from Laplaine and i’m happy they’re investing in the community and its surrounding villages.

  16. Traveller
    October 21, 2013

    Why do we be little Dominica, I seriously think that these negative comments are not Dominicans. DLP is doing a wonderflu job keep it up, you know my vote for DLP is sure, you have 10 votes from my household.

  17. Peacock
    October 21, 2013

    A loan from Dominica Social Security… Dominicans! Our pensions are in trouble and serious trouble. No wonder premiums are increasing and so too is the age limit to start earning a lil pension.

    Gov’t ownes SS too much to add more to it. Why isn’t anyone saying anything?

  18. Ann Derass
    October 21, 2013

    The Labor Party is building Police Stations. The La Plaine Agriculture training school is no more, the Grand Bay agricultural station is no more, the Savanne York pig production facility is no more. While agriculture is neglected they are building Police stations, is there an underlying message to our youth?

    • FAST AND FURIOUS
      October 21, 2013

      The same underlying message Lennoxx sent to the youths when he ask them to boycott the National Youth Rally on Independece Day.

    • Views Expressed
      October 21, 2013

      My very point……police station to lock up Laplaine people in cell….no agriculture centre to engage Laplaine people in higher education

      See, I hope Dr. Peters taking note the lack of foresight of this government

    • October 21, 2013

      Ann Derass.

      Well the underlining message is that when people demonstrate and they are arrested they will have a cell to put them in.

      • FIRE........FIRE....
        October 21, 2013

        La plain is more e need of a small gas station, so the police can full their tank to run errands, patrol/protect the community, all they do is whistle at those little girls..drink rum eat braff jell cochon, and play domino, not even a little sea bath those lazy pricks going for…not one child can say I want to be a police like Dick or Tom..no role models to look up too..I see no need to build them a slaughter house….

  19. October 21, 2013

    Everything built in Dominica is “state of the art”?

    I agree that, “no matter how prosperous a people and a country becomes, ““if we are not safe in our own homes and communities, it is of no value to us.””

    Petter Saint Jean, FYI, a POLICE STATION is NOT a “deterrent to crime”. EFFECTIVE POLICE CO-ORDINATION/WORK is a deterrent to crime. Yes, they do need a “comfortable environment to work”.

    I thought Dominica was BROKE. “The new police station is being financed through a “loan” from the “Dominica Social Security” and “will cost $3,244,137.12.”

  20. aye
    October 21, 2013

    What is the meaning of state of the art? Does it mean new concrete? or does it mean forensic room, labs,intelligence, investigative and survellance equipment. somebody pklease help the deceiptful politicians.

  21. Tim
    October 21, 2013

    St.Jean will there be an office for community policing headed by preferably a female cop? Just my suggestion.

  22. Sweep Dominica
    October 21, 2013

    I don’t know why I always smile when I see, or read about the digger. I guess pretense is not a Joke. “State of the art” they say. That State (Dominica) needs to get its ACT together.

  23. Sweep Dominica
    October 21, 2013

    Looks like somebody is digging a grave?

  24. Rule
    October 21, 2013

    First of all Peter, Police stations don’t serve as a deterrent when it comes to criminal activities. It’s the police presence and NOT the building.
    Secondly, the Gov’t is not doing us a favor but rather providing the Police with the resources they need to effectively perform their duties.
    But I understand why you’re being so glamorous because election is nearing.

  25. Anonymous
    October 21, 2013

    I would have loved to see the commencement of the contruction of a New Secondary school (vocational, technical and academic) to serve students from Delices, La Plaine, Grand Fond, Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique and Beotica!!! And dont even mention Castle Bruce because we all know that these students spend a significant amount of time on the road trying to get to and from school…

    • October 21, 2013

      I agree. Educating our students and removing or reducing crime on the Island is a priority.

  26. Jimi Hendrix
    October 21, 2013

    Isn’t the phrase “state of the art” being overused in those government press releases? Every thing that is being built in DA is state of the art.

    I live in a large city and there are all kinds of buildings going up with are orders of magnitude more costly than the stuff they build in DA, yet I do not see them being characterised as state of the art.

    Is somebody trying to fool the people? Or are we just trying to make ourselves feel better?

  27. Castle Comfort.
    October 21, 2013

    This is all show-boating. Where were the P.M and his projects so many years ago?
    Another election ploy.
    But I just want him to know that we are not falling for these quick-fix form DLP any more.

    • October 21, 2013

      Not just the DLP. Standing with the UWP will make NO DIFFERENCE. They ALL do the SAME THING.

    • UDOHREADYET
      October 21, 2013

      A Police station, School and new roads are not quick fixes my friend… that is what the government is supposed to do. Si il bon dis bon!

      • Fight the good fight
        October 21, 2013

        So are you saying that the government just decided to wait 13 years to start all these projects? If you have any critical thinking skills, I am sure you’d understand why people are very skeptical about all this sudden ground-breaking. Anyways I hope that they paint the police station red for all the person who cannot account for the Dominica’s finances. On the other hand I guess they are thinking ahead. If it was me, I’d want to be housed in a state of the art prison also.

  28. love our pm
    October 21, 2013

    pm you working god bless you and ur family u making life better for ur plp much love

    • simplygorgeous70.
      October 21, 2013

      You broke my leg and because you feel sorry and gave me a stick to walk u call that make life easy i would rather be painless then to have a shinny piece of wood

  29. african queen
    October 21, 2013

    oh my God laplain people vote them out

  30. Lucky
    October 21, 2013

    They don’t build any Schools anymore, all they build is prison, prison.

    • FAST AND FURIOUS
      October 21, 2013

      If you don’t look for it you won’t get in it.

      • Fight the good fight
        October 21, 2013

        The people that are apparently pocketing millions are out on the streets becoming millionaires off poor people, how ironic.

  31. Naturalistic
    October 21, 2013

    so u spend over 3 million to implement a system to control the people,just to kick down the doors of those who hustle for a living and still and still no employment..Imagine how many jobs that could have been create but we are more concerned with a “STATE OF THE ART” police station.

  32. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 21, 2013

    On behalf of all Dominicans we would like to thank Lennox Linton for giving skerrit the encouragement to do so much in so little time. :-P

    • FAST AND FURIOUS
      October 21, 2013

      At least you are seeing what he is doing ;What has Lennoxx done?

  33. October 21, 2013

    u will tired break ground i hope u break ground FOR linton WHEN HE becomes PM :lol:

  34. simplygorgeous70.
    October 21, 2013

    All they build is prison prisons :?:

    • real possie
      October 21, 2013

      @ Simplyg70 I just knew that state house with the college was a prison even the one they break grounds on in Roseau is going to be a prison too thanks for letting us know all those that graduated last week are all jailbirds,thanks again.

  35. DBusiness
    October 21, 2013

    at the rate of things in DA…that not finishing until 2 years…

  36. Dominican by birth
    October 21, 2013

    EBEH grounds breaking papa what about job creation

    • FAST AND FURIOUS
      October 21, 2013

      Isn’t that part of Job creation?Surely the community will get a chance for some form of employment.Sit your butt there and talk like you all “UWPeas” always do and don’t go and find work to do.

  37. Anonymous
    October 21, 2013

    LOL

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