Savarin praises coast guard

PM Skerrit (right) and US Ambassador Palmer at the ground breaking ceremony of a new Coast Guard base in Bell Hall last year

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.

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19 Comments

  1. ?
    January 7, 2013

    where is bell hall?

  2. Chavez Bling Boy
    January 6, 2013

    Sir I strongly believe that the Coast Guard Unit need boosting up.

    More resources are needed
    More men are needed
    The men need more allowances like other departments in the Police force (better and more incentives to prevent bribery among the men).
    More and regular training
    More promotion to boost up moral

  3. coast guard struggle
    January 6, 2013

    Great job Coast Guard you all a the first and the only one that a payed nothing for your great effort in combating that drugs.Iam happy that a new base is coming on stream for the north,Very good but first,the one in Roseau is under mined for many years,lack of man power and the same men a recycle.I want to know where they are going to get me to work there.Almost 50% of police officers are in drugs,working with the drugs dealers who treats them better.Only a few coast guard officer doing all that damage for nothing not even an intensive and the government is making millions,moneys that were not budget for.Government and the commissioner need to visit the coast guard and listen to the cry of the hard working men and make improve their working conditions,They’re in need of sgt and cpl and a better pay.Try to keep the good men many a falling,a stitch in time saves nine.

  4. we need a change
    January 6, 2013

    Let me thanks Mr savarin praising especially the coast guard for their great work for the past years.My husband works at the base and i can tell u all how it is down there,its not simple sleepless night and when ure back u still have to work security and no one is paying hid to d base,not even the commissioner and other ranks have visited there to hear the cry of the men.The have been working for two years without a sergeant and no one is doing nothing,poor the constable have to go out without a cpl or sgt out to sea sometimes 40 to 50 mils out of their jurisdiction to intercept vessels and sometimes even lie to get them convicted.What are the men getting nothing,they afraid to talk and one man gets all the praise,Drugs squared and Task force gets $700 for hustling d poor man on d street and coast guard have to go miles off to see to stop the big shipment,They have to be called back to work on there days off to work because of lack of man power others person a afraid to work there,by the time they a transferred to the base most of them fail the test,the others who make it time two month they’re giving information to drug dealers because of the the mean a treated,no body knows,and not even a day off can be given to them,they have to go to Police Headquarters to get a day off.It is so sad to see how the men a treated on the base.I know so much as if i am working there.Now they need a change it time one man cant get the praise after is the constable who is doing the dirty work.They need a change i can fell what my husband and others going through.I know they miss Insp Frederick.

  5. shoot them down
    January 6, 2013

    Thanks mr savarin for remebbering the coast guard for their good work,especially the coast guard.Now what is there for the poor little constable who give his best be out there all night when others a in their beds sleeping,All u intrested in is the big money that coast guard puts into the country,and nothing is given back to the poor little constable.

  6. Yay
    January 6, 2013

    Trust me, the raids made over the past years is commendable.. Keeping the drug boys and men on their toes.

  7. Chief Master
    January 6, 2013

    Da is de best shovel dem man could have get?

  8. Bouef-la
    January 6, 2013

    30 f0r 30 reminds me of DA’s drug issues.
    The ben Jihnson affair all of them big /elite atheletes of the 90’s were doping.
    It makes one wonder of all the D/can Greed going on. Get the drift Bank peeps building maco house ,lawyers one and two andfcannot live in themlol

  9. Annon
    January 5, 2013

    You have an 800 pound gorilla to deal with – coke trafficking. It is huge! You all cannot begin to imagine what’s going on under your noses, while you wait for ‘probable cause’. Just ask the Dominican Republic.

    What you need to do to free up your scarce resources to deal with this MONSTER is decriminalize marijuana. I too am aware that to appease the U.S (ironically), and the French departments you can’t legalize It, but you can do your selves a favor and decriminalize marijuana to take it out of the underground business. A no-brainer.

    That way you will free up some men and resources to begin to deal with cocaine trafficking on your shores seriously. You do not realize how big this coke thing is to be addressing it in 1970’s style like is child’s play because you hate marijuana. Man-up already!

    • NRT
      January 7, 2013

      It has gotten too big for them already, and you are right it’s a hatred of marijuana and its users.

  10. Anonymous
    January 5, 2013

    well if you drug runner to not see it time to retire .the police have the edge

  11. Just Saying
    January 5, 2013

    All America giving us is guns to kill our own people, have you ever heard america give Dominica anything for education or health care? NO!!! the only give us boats with big guns, ford f250 with big guns (look you dumb Dominicans, go kill your own people).. Mr. America, help us with out unemployment, help us with out health care, help us with our education. that’s what we really need.

    • LA Reine
      January 6, 2013

      U need to do ur homework properly before u make such incorrect conclusions.

    • dominican
      January 6, 2013

      come on man . but the drugs destroying our health and makes some poeple want to make fast money instead of looking for a job or using the land legally to work and to createmployment. so the guns and big fast boats are to challenge the murderers, drug dealers who are killing our youth and work force.

    • Anonymous
      January 6, 2013

      Why don’t you try and do something yourself -you expect handouts and then critise them for giving -for example the Chinese, are building a new hospital and state house, Chavez has provided jobs and assisted with may project around Dominica -the French the funding of the airport road the list goes on and on. I wonder what you would do if they just decided to pull out -stop being so ungrateful .

  12. SNIPAH
    January 5, 2013

    RESPECT EM SEA COPS

  13. good
    January 5, 2013

    :) :lol: :-| 8) 8) 8) 8) thats good :-D

    • bad
      January 5, 2013

      D country is 2 hard

      • In His HANDS
        January 5, 2013

        America easy?

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