New LaPlaine Police Station described as massive investment

The police station under construction
The police station under construction

The construction of a new police station in LaPlaine is being described as a massive investment in the southeast of Dominica by Parliamentary Representative for the LaPlaine constituency, Petter Saint Jean.

He stated that the construction phase of the project is having a significant impact on economy of LaPlaine and surrounding villages. He attributes the economic benefits to the number of young men from LaPlaine who are employed on the project.

Saint Jean has lamented the need for an appropriate structure to house the LaPlaine Police Station. He said that for too long dwelling houses were rented and converted into police station in his constituency.

“It was just a few years after Hurricane David that the Police Station was demolished,” he noted. “Today we see the construction of a $3.2-million facility in the community and this, indeed, speaks volumes of the kind of investment that the Government, the Labour Party Administration is making in the lives of the people of the south-east community and, of course, the various communities around Dominica by extension.

The LaPlaine Police Station serves the villages of LaPlaine, Grand Fond, Morne Journe, Riviere Cyrique, Rosalie and Beotica.

Parliamentary Representative for the Morne Journe/Riviere Cyrique/ Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson has stated that the new LaPlaine Police Station will bring
improved security services to his constituency.

“The construction of this new facility will continue to improve the social order in the areas of Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique, Grand Fond and Rosalie, (Terre Femme),” he said. “I think it is something that is worth doing in the sense that the old structure was not serving the constituency before that well especially when you look at the whole question of having to attend court and even having to read into their concerns because the activities at the police station was basically dislocated in the sense that you had the courts in one building, you had the police station in another building being rented. Now that a new building is going to be constructed, you are going to have all the services being offered in one central building.”

The new La Plaine 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 for the project.

The new station has two buildings. The main building is a two-level structure, 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.

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  1. me alone
    May 23, 2014

    Why is it that the Labor party keep building so many Police Stations? They don’t build no schools anymore. I smell a rat. Laborites, remember when it rains, it rains on all man’s house.

  2. Anonymous
    May 23, 2014

    I have publish this before , however D.N.O never publish it, It nice for la plaine , but the government has purchase a huge lot in pte Michel for a fire department and a police station combine, yet for years this lot has been sitting there, huge mango tree and bushes growing on the lot, yet they keep paying rent to a private owner of a house rent for the current police station. the money they have already payed over the years could have build five of what I mentioned above . D.N.O. print thise and inform the public.

    A diaspora.

  3. Anthony Ismael
    May 23, 2014

    I hope the would be inmates can make use of modern bathroom facilities.

  4. May 23, 2014

    A police station at Laplaine should be a welcome project. Laplaine people always had a police station, a school, church playing field etc. We like to criticize too much. Give Peter another chance he is a son of the soil. He is also a had worker. I think Laplaine Peter deserves another chance.

  5. Rule
    May 23, 2014

    These laborrats have such tunnel vision. Building a Police Station is just part of the basic necessities that a community should have. The Government does NOT get credit for that! Schools, Police Stations, health clinics all these structures are needed as part of the community’s daily way of life. Petter is simply playing politics because his tenure is almost over.

    • da
      May 23, 2014

      so true, i don’t know why peter think that he or the labour party doing us a favour by building this police station with SS money, which belongs to the people of Dominica, who they expect to build it, me? they really think that Dominicans are dumb and stupid, well alot of them are.

    May 22, 2014

    It is very interesting that The Parl Rep for Laplaine realizes that
    the construction of the police station is generating serious economic activity for the young men in the area. The question I would like to pose to the honourable minister is if a 3.2 million dollar project can make such an impact in terms of jobs then wouldn’t there be a greater impact if Dominican youths were employed on the state college, state house, road resurfacing from roseau to portsmouth, the st. aroment back road which were all projects of much bigger magnitude? :?:

  7. notfooled
    May 22, 2014

    let’s move on . next? who will be the next palrep to tell us what he is doing now after fourteen years of doing nothing? it was ambruise, then john-no, now peterpepper. and i say next palrep – speak now or forever hold your “vote catching” no sustainability project.what happens when this trenches of funds given for a vote is over?

    • notfooled
      May 23, 2014

      let’s move on. next? who will be the next palrep to tell us what he or she is now doing after fourteen years in power doing nothing?it It was ambruise,then johnno and now peter pepper. and now i say next palrep

  8. Chelsea
    May 22, 2014

    Hospital would have been better..

  9. Oh oh
    May 22, 2014

    A massive investment? A police station? oh my..This is not a favor. It is a necessity.

  10. The Man from The USA
    May 22, 2014

    in the states we would call that a house not a police station.. No offense meant.

  11. May 22, 2014

    Dominica have so much work to be done by what am reading and hearing,Am saying where were these guys 14yrs ago.Hey they been around for this long.Anyway keep working better late than never.

  12. College Kid
    May 22, 2014

    I really do not know why politicians believe that when they build a road, school, hospital, police station is really a favor they are granting the citizens. That is their responsibility, so stop playing politics. What I can say is that their priorities must be set. Dominica in its bad economic state really need more into creating sustainable jobs. I just do not understand spending 3.2 million dollars to house a view police officers. Are they not seeing the simple structures built in the U.S.A for police officers? A 600,000 dollars house is a reasonable building and I just cannot understand why it should cost 3.2M. Are they putting GOLD cabinets, GOLD vanities and the like? Government please be more rational and economical in your economic decisions and stop playing politics!! Change is already a must!!!

  13. Nostalgia
    May 22, 2014

    Is crime that high in the South East that we need a new police station? Couldn’t that money be used for a more constructive and productive project.? The Marigot hospital would do well with that $3.2-million. Come on let’s not be blind sided.

  14. ##Dominica.#
    May 22, 2014

    Massive! massive! massive! and massive! You get my drift??? All from the same hand book. Labor Power, MASSIVE?????????

  15. May 22, 2014

    I know that the Island of Dominica needs to make some very difficult changes that will help to make her a best place to live and retier but look at how the DLP and their Boss continue to be little my people , I just wonder how much longer will it take for the people to come to their senses.
    DlP will go on fooling us just for a VOTE and we should be able to tell when something is wrong, for 15yrs Skerrit is in power and you will let me that he would willfully hold back all these projects just to use it against his own people, we have projects all over the place.

  16. Notty
    May 22, 2014

    I hope I will not be placed in the cell for temporary insanity.”Incident in Balizier road”

  17. Jim
    May 22, 2014

    That is another Malace They don’t build any school any more all they build is prison ,prison Youths of LaPlaine ask ,Where is the YOUTH CENTER,COMPUTER CAFE,sir?

  18. rescue 911
    May 22, 2014

    Good.I really like that.but an investment is like a business.I haven’t seen the similarities

  19. The Following
    May 22, 2014

    I have never since so many projects being unveiled all at once. Its like some sort of revelation. If DLP supporters refuse to admit, that over the past 14 years this is DE MOST community focused efforts ever put forward by the DLP Administration then they too are just as BIAS (they all shouted) as Mr Dennis Joseph article posted on the 21st.

    Come on we need to be honest here…..aren’t you guys at least raising that one brow and going ummmmmm.

    With this being said, I will still say keep on doing what you guys were elected to do…….. but please don’t pop a vein trying to flood communities with these projects as the 11th.

    I know DLP supporters are going to give mucho thumbs down for this but come on guys why cant the truth be admitted…….

    OH BTW A LIL BIRDIE SAID BASED ON WORK ON THE GROUND (conducted by persons the PM hired to do some on the ground surveys) THAT DLP STANDS AT 40 % OF NOT MAKING IT BACK AS THE PARTY IN POWER…..


    ST JOE WOMEN PLZZZZZ STOP __________ (IT) WITH THE PAL REP FOR A FEW DOLLARS!!!! message from a concern citizen.

  20. John Jay
    May 22, 2014

    Hope this police station which is being built at this time will not be like the Grand Bay police station where policemen who are not qualify plumbers and electricians have to going in and repair pipes and add electrical fittings.

  21. New Voter
    May 22, 2014

    Which comes first? Our sports field ? Our school? Our Roads? Or is it prison cells? I need to work so I can stay out of trouble and help my family. This looks like our palace when I check we need many other things first.

    • willis dew
      May 22, 2014


  22. New jersey
    May 22, 2014

    Petter it seems as if is beg we begging all u give us PoliceStation Secondary School Home Of Abilities Unlimited Just give us plenty Amenities we taking all is our tax money and this time we voting your backside out remember u did not win the election it was stollen GOD is watching he hates UGLY off I go boom

  23. Mark
    May 22, 2014

    Petter and Ivor is crime a major factor in the southeast? Except for man selling their dime bags that’s it.

    So catch a straw partners you are drowning

      May 22, 2014

      @ Mark, go ask Thomson that question. He is in a better position to do so!

  24. Kim
    May 22, 2014

    I think this is great and much more could be done if Dominica invested in tourism to generate more capital for the country.

  25. Anonymous
    May 22, 2014

    I await that day when La Plaine in particular will become a major Educational Hub for children of the SE from Delices all the way back to Morne Jaune. The construction of a much needed Primary/Secondary school complex will go a long way on easing commuting pressure to Castle Bruce. In-spite of Govt. buses too many youths wasting time on de road hustling a ride even to get to school. 3.2 million dollar police station me ……!!!!

      May 22, 2014

      @ Anonymous, go and ask Ron what became of the Secondary School which was to be built in La Plaine during his time in Government.
      The one that is in Castle Bruce.

    May 22, 2014

    I like that, I really really like that.. :-P

  27. grell
    May 22, 2014

    Peter you guys are so ridiculous,it is the government job to build a police station.Its not a favor your doing to the Laplaine people.That is why you were elected fool.Tired of you guys foolishness.

    • real possie
      May 22, 2014

      So DNO ok with you calling people fools but I said dam and they deleted my comment hmmmm.

      May 22, 2014

      One thing; UWP like to insult people; when you respond to them they think they have more blood than you. Their Leader is a typical example.

      • On top D Lilac Villa
        May 22, 2014

        Go to Hell! Go to hell! None of your D……

  28. Watcher
    May 22, 2014

    All that is happening “when nothing is happening”.

  29. Pedro
    May 22, 2014

    All good that policemen have new facilities. Too many of our outlying state facilities are not adequately suited for their proper function. But really any government is expected to renew and replace basic foundations like schools, police station, hospital…particularly pressing when one is not really available in its ideal form..What i would really like to hear is about very urgent plans for a new state hospital and a reform center for youths, and even physical reforms to existing facilities like cells and also policies as experienced in places like the Roseau police headquarters. I am not sure when I last heard any party publicly talk about such plans. Appears not to be a priority.

    • Pedro
      May 22, 2014

      Slight error. I meant a new state prison on my previous post, not state hospital (we have heard about the hospital already, though unsure when it will be constructed)

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