The work of the local Coast Guard in the success of Dominica’s drug interception efforts in 2012 has received high commendation from the country’s national security Minister.
According to Charles Savarin Dominica’s coast guard unit was able to collaborate with a number of regional coast guard units to interdict drugs at sea.
“The police with the aid of recently acquired assets form friendly development partners have been increasingly successful in combating drug and small arms trafficking and human smuggling. The increased success of the Coast Guard must receive special mention,” Savarin said.
The Minister said mention must be made of the assistance received from officers from other police departments on land.
“In that regard they are supported on land by the Drug Squad by the Task Force, by the SSU and of course when there are matters to be investigated you have the criminal investigation department. In the interdiction efforts the intelligence Unit has a particularly important role to play because the police activity has to be intelligence driven. You need to have what is referred to as ‘probable cause’ which can direct the action that the police will take,” he noted.
The Minister boasts of the collaboration with the Dominica Coast Guard with other overseas partners.
“Certainly the partners with whom we cooperate and collaborate, the French next door, the Americans who also have certain assets in the Caribbean, they will tell you that there is an excellent relationship between the Dominica Police in general and the Coast Guard in particular in this regional effort to interdict drugs at sea,” he remarked.
Last May the Government of Dominica moved forward with plans for expansion and strengthening of the Coast Guard facilities here.
A ground breaking ceremony was held at a 1.77 acre site at Bell Hall for the construction of a Coast Guard base for the North of the island. The new Coast Guard base, which will complement the Fond Cole Guard will be financed with a US $1.7-million grant from the United States Government.