Top cop acting position extended

Acting Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon’s tenure has been extended for another three months

The appointment of acting Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon has been extended.

“Acting Police Chief Mr. Daniel Carbon has been appointed to continue to act in the office of Chief of Police of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police effective October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012,” a release from the police department said on Tuesday.

Carbon replaced Cyrille Carrette on July 7 and was to  be acting commissioner until September 30.

He will now remain on the job until December 31 when a permanent replacement is found.

The extension of  the post for Carbon has not been without controversy as Opposition Leader Hector John has said he was not consulted by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, as dictated by the Constitution.

“This is a continuation of the disrespect of the constitution because the acting commissioner was put to act for three months up to 30th September and there was no consultation,” John told DNO.

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  1. daniel thomas
    October 16, 2012

    we need to show more appreciation to our citizen when they a elevated to higher ranks in what ever department they are serving, acting commissioner carbon deserve his appointment a humble and hard working officer grows through the rank of the police department. congratulation to you commissioner carbon

  2. OB
    October 3, 2012

    UWP need to start supporting the government to get things working sitting out the house is not taking them anywhere how are they going to form the next government just asking

    • shakespere
      October 3, 2012

      i wish that he was fired because that would mean that he is doing the right thing,,,because his contract has been extended means he is doing HIS will…refuse the extention to you conrtact and be a hero not a zero,,,,be a shepered not a sheep

  3. No Constitution ....
    October 3, 2012

    I am reminded of an old Chinese proverb, “If it is not right, don’t do it.”

    In Dominica presently, a few who think they possess all the power – political, quickly acquired wealth, through dubious means, do the wrong things, know that they do the wrong things against the Constitution and laws of the land, but do those illegal acts anyway. No Law, No Constitution could stop them.

    Dominicans, the classic case of Emanuel vs. Isidore, in which the former lawyer filed 42 charges of fraud against Isidore, cannot even start? Judicial Review? Until when?

    Chief Magistrate signed warrant, the Court sent it to the Police to arrest the culprit, who allegedly committed the fraud against Emanuel, up to now no arrest?

    The Court’s Order and Laws of the land blatantly disregarded? Hierarchy of the Force makes excuse and refuse to uphold the law and obey the Court’s order? Nothing happens? The Court even joyfully grants judicial review, so no charges could even be read to that lawyer and frees up the culprit, although he should have been arrested? give me a break? so no case then? big wigs would be involved? Case Kibosh?

    What about firebombings? Dominicans, dictators stop at nothing !! None will be saved under dictatorship. freedoms, rights slowly evaporating. Dominica I’m sorry. Remembering Papa and Baby Doc years of dictatorship rule.

    • NOT CB BOS
      October 4, 2012

      There is an old proverb flying around somwhere that states, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”.

  4. Doc.Love
    October 2, 2012

    Once agan we have witnessed the raping of the constitution of Dominica by the Skerrit Labor Party Government.This behaviour has become increasingly scary in Dominica.Presently,we appear to have more actors in Dominica then in Hollywood.One of the most popular words in Dominica these days is the word UNCONSTITUTIONAL.The backs of the people of Dominica are presently tightened against the wall,therefore maybe we must seriously begin to consider some form of civil disobedence like the great Mr. Martin Luther King did . We cannot afford another 1979,therefore, the government must begin to listen to the people and obey the laws of the country,after all they boast of 18-3.

  5. Tammy
    October 2, 2012

    This is a ‘Perfect Storm’. How do you expect a dude who disrespects the constitution and is probably holding office illegally to follow the laws of the land and knows what is the rule of law and the law of rule? Simply put, Dominica is a backwater country where all the folks are gone and are either intoxicated or sleeping…….I rest my case. You guys must be dreaming!!!!!!

  6. waypappapapaa
    October 2, 2012

    what do you expecting the acting police commissioner to be doing re: crime and all the bachanal that’s taking place in Dominica? Acting Acting, Acting and more acting! So to solve the problem appoint a Police commissioner and call it a day!

    Too many acting positions in Dominica just having folks getting big money every month end for acting, acting acting! Is acting in Health, Sport, finance, agriculture or dead culture, security, education, works, and the list of acting positions for the actors and actresses continue.
    Why don’t they add they add to the national day of community service, acting day of community service? And the street jump up to Acting Like all is well street jump up or act like you have a million dollars in your pocket sewo! And for those who always say they love the nation for all kinds of gains, why don’t you all just say: acting like we love them season! When election comes by, jus wait for acting season to open. All will be acting but those with intelligence wont fall for them silly season and stupid games!
    ps: just act as if all the things promised to Dominicans will come soon. Act as if you all really care!

  7. Gram
    October 2, 2012

    Just keep blocking the fire bombing investigation mr Top COP and you will keep getting your extension.

  8. Moe-we-seed
    October 2, 2012

    hmmm,strings pulling

  9. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    Ths blatant disregard for Dominican law does not stem from the PM but from the very people who support him. DOminica is the way it is because Dominicans in general are corrupt and have no values. When the country has values and knows God people will not allow this madness to happen. We are a gimme gimme gimme country- and we do not care where it comes from. Our people need to change. We are the ones allowing the PM to do what he wants.

  10. Oh no
    October 2, 2012

    This level of gross disrespect for one and all will continue in Dominica because no one takes a decisive stance when the need arose on several occasions in the past.
    We wear no badge of ignorance because we are all aware of the atrocities that take place in our country day after day. I pity those who want a change but dreams seem to be real and reality seem to be dreams.

    October 2, 2012

    Admin DNO, the story seems incomplete. The information is scant and I am hungry for more details. In the event that you can’t assist, I would sincerely hope that your readers could help shed some light on the situation.

    1. Could you kindly advise whether the constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica has been formally suspended by the Roosevelt Skerrit lead administration?

    2. Could you kindly ask one of our senior counsels or experts on constitutional matters including Dr Honeychurch whether it was necessary to follow Article 92. (1) of the constitution in this instance? Was it followed? Does it matter to Dominicans whether or not it was followed?

    3. Mr. AG, are we still being governed under your Doctrine of Necessity? If not sir, please advise which doctrine is appropriate in this instance?

    4. Is that the way an 18-3 majority is to be used to the extent that we now have an illegal PM, unconstitutional president and repeated unconstitutional appointments and/or extensions of the tenure of our police chiefs?

    5. Was it the unconstitutional President or the illegal PM who made the appointment? Did the unconstitutional President sought to determine whether the illegal PM had consulted the legitimate Leader of Opposition? Who actually made the appointment- the illegal PM or the unconstitutional president?

    6.Did anyone consult with the Leader of the Opposition in extending the appointment of the Ag Chief of Police?

    7. Are Dominicans really satisfied/happy with the current state of affairs?

    8. For how long are we going to be with an Acting Chief? Is that a way of ensuring the lack of independence of tenure and objectivity in decision-makin?

    9. To those who will be quick to give thumps down, please help me understand why you are prepared to defend the status quo. Please explain to me why the PM would repeatedly disrespect the Opposition and the constitution of Dominica. Please forgive me but I just don’t understand. Enlighten me…please someone!! anyone!!

    Roseau Valley

    • hmm
      October 3, 2012

      I feel your pain.

    • Observer
      October 3, 2012

      Interestingly, Roseasu Valley did not make any inference to Lennox Linton as being a “constitutional expert”.In fact he referenced the Senior Counsels among us and the AG’s office. It was Lennox who took the Presidential debate to the dizzying heights of callousness and total partisan.

      • _________________
        October 3, 2012

        @ Observer…(the idiot) Lennox is not a constitutional lawyer. He is just a big pointed thorn in your flesh. OK.

      • Anonymous
        October 3, 2012

        You are right, I didn’t mention Lennox Linton and indeed I should have. All I seek is answers, reasonable explanations, more details and clarifications. Lennox has certainly proven that he can deliver in that regard. One may wish to chide Lennox, however, I will let the world know how proud I am of this man for what he does for the good of the country. So yes, I include Lennox. Linton. Now are you satisfied? Are you prepared to give some sensible and substantive answers before the next Between You and Me? Let’s forget Lennon for a while and try to focus on the fundamental issues of rogue, non-accountable governance and the continued disrespect of our constitution and our laws.

        October 3, 2012

        You are right, I didn’t mention Lennox Linton and indeed I should have. All I seek is answers, reasonable explanations, more details and clarifications. Lennox has certainly proven that he can deliver in that regard. One may wish to chide Lennox, however, I will let the world know how proud I am of this man for what he does for the good of the country. So yes, I include Lennox. Linton. Now are you satisfied? Are you prepared to give some sensible and substantive answers before the next Between You and Me? Let’s forget Lennon for a while and try to focus on the fundamental issues of rogue, non-accountable governance and the continued disrespect of our constitution and our laws.

    • Jude Nicholas
      October 3, 2012

      Roseau Valley the Court has ruled that the PM was legally elected. You have no respect for the Courts but you speak about constitut ionality.

      Why you do not want to wait for the decision of the Appeals Court the final arbiter on the matter. And are you going to accept the final decision if it is not what you expected?

      The rest of your comments is pure BS. I suggest you follow BA and close yourself you know where.

        October 3, 2012

        Jude, after reading your comments, I am convinced that you lack the ability to engage in a mature debate on substance. Like your Labour Party colleagues, you have turned to your usual insults in responding to my call for answers, explanations and clarifications on a substantive constitutional matter. In as much as I abhor getting down to your level, I shall attempt to do as elegantly and in a respectful manner.

        Such was the contribution of a minister of government to Sir Alleyne, failing as it were to make an intelligent contribution to the national debate on the constitutional appointment of our president.

        Having noted your kind advice that I should follow “BA and close [my]self if [I] know where”;

        Having noted the advice of the bull dog minister to Sir BA to go to his toilet etc, etc;

        Having noted the advise to BL “to put his hands in his pants and enjoy himself,”; I am now more convinced that the Dominicans constitution is being masturbated rather than prostituted by the current administration.

        I note that some of you are obsessed in calling for legislation to control behaviour in the bedroom, while you do not want House members to speak. You have a bull dog in the House, who seems to be missing the dead bodies at Ross and others like Tim and Mc are investing heavily in wild, hairy banks. I reckon that you all are a bunch of sad, lonely and miserable people who only have yourselves as intimate company. Therefore, I shall not be bothered with your remarks as I have come to the conclusion that the Labour gals and guys are more comfortable with masturbation of our constitution even while they prostitute it

    • xdacop nyc
      October 3, 2012

      Brillant piece.Could not say it any better.When one starts disrespecting the constitution you also start doing the same to its citizens.The constitution is a safeguard to ensure thing are done in an orderly manner and not by a few.

    • MASE
      October 3, 2012

      Roseau Valley, if you are an officer of the Court, then respect the court’s decision that the Hon Prime Minister was in fact elected legally. Stop trying to play politics here and respect your seniors such as SC Astaphan and Lawrence.
      Thank you.

        October 3, 2012

        FYI- Roseau Valley is not an officer of the court but if he were, he would be very respectfully to the court.

        Roseau Valley respects the court and the judicial process but disagrees vehemently with the decision of the Judge Thom.

        Yes, if the Court of Appeal were to uphold the decision, Roseau Valley will respect it for whatever it is worth but I shall continue to lament its flaws so that those who ought to be held to account will do so politically.

        Roseau Valley is not playing politics. These are serious matters of national importance insofar as they pertain to the supreme law of Dominica.

        Roseau Valley has great respect for both Astaphan S.C and Lawrence S.C to the extent that they respect themselves, their profession, their professional colleagues, their fellow citizens, the notion of truth, the concept of integrity, the constitution of Dominica and the country of Dominica.

        It was an SC who announced on the Next Level programme that he does not respect the opinion of any lawyer who is his junior and he would only comment on the opinion of one who holds an equivalent rank in the legal fraternity — he was saying this in the face of a junior colleague who is not an SC- So much for respect.

        Roseau Valley

  12. Mr.Gouty
    October 2, 2012

    UWP did more for The south in 4 years than DFP in 15 years and the new DLP in 12 years so we the people of the south let us wake up before it is to late.

  13. "O" STRESS!
    October 2, 2012

    Tell me something to surprise me. I told you all so. Next subject. I rest.

  14. Malgraysa
    October 2, 2012

    Boy, we have so many people “acting” in Dominica we more resemble a theatre company than a serious Govt.

    • Janni
      October 3, 2012

      lol u right

  15. Possie
    October 2, 2012

    Spaggs boy, stop do Skerrit work for him.

  16. Doc.Love
    October 2, 2012

    How can a someone who believes in democracy and the rule of law supports Skerrit.Where are the Unions,the Churhes, DAIC,the legal minds,are they just going to allow Skerrit to do whatever he wants when he wants and not even talk about it. They dont have to criticise Skerrit or get involved in the daily cry of curruption but aleast let Dominicans here and abroad know that they are concerned about the blatant disregard to the upholding of the constitution. Remember the days of Patrick and Leo,these guys never enjoyed their stay in office.It was a daily dose of political harasment,today many of the same people are still alive and what is happening today is far worse then those days. They are more silent then a gave yard at nights. If Dominicans dont stop that nonsense immediately,I pray to God it might be a case of to little to late.

    • Papa Dom
      October 3, 2012

      DNO Admin. I just listen to a gentleman saying the very things I have written above, I hope you will now publish my comment

  17. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    dominca is be coming the holywood

  18. cry me a river
    October 2, 2012

    The country and its 70,000 inhabitants still waiting to know, after two years, if the PM is legitimate in office. His dual-citizenship case still not over.

    One Police Chief, one Acting Police Chief, a President all illegally in their respective positions. The process to be followed according to the Copnstitution, has been flawed. No Constitution, No Law, not even lawyers could stop the Supremo from doing those unconstitutional acts.

    No case for the Lawyer charged with 42 counts of fraud.

    Investigations stalled into two firebombings, one on Emanuel and his wife, and the other on a Police Officer, who is investigating money-laundering.

    Rubbish Bin and fertilizer Bobols – No investigations, No case although a criminal act was committed.

    The list goes on and on. Just like that again. In our faces. Another illegality. Dictatorship under our beds and the people are laughing, ignorant of the fact that Haiti was once ruled by dictators like Papa and Baby Doc.

    Who have eyes to see, let them see. Who have ears to hear, let them hear. It is a crime to stand by and allow Dominica to be drowning in so many illegal acts.

  19. MJ
    October 2, 2012

    HOBBS JNOBAPTISTE is the most suited and qualified person to be the commissioner of police in Dominica given his experience, knowledge and educational background..Carbon can ack as long as the prime minister see it fit…but in true justice and fairness to the people of Dominica and the police force HOBBS is the better man..

  20. %
    October 2, 2012

    The former commissioner was the worse police commissioner who ever existed on earth or in outer space, but don’t be surprised that this acting commissioner’s performance will be worse than that of Carrette.MR SKERRIT STOP TREATING YOUR LACKEYS LIKE PUPPETS ON A STRING SIR.We know they are all toothless, but remember you are the leader of a poor and impoverished country called Dominica, and it’s all because of your government’s inept, incompetent,lazy,dictatorial and corrupt leadership Sir.

  21. Country
    October 2, 2012

    Mister looking well tired and feedup already. DNO next time get a better picture of mister cause he looks terrible in this one.

    • Shameless
      October 3, 2012

      Last time I said the same thing ad DNO did not publish. But c’est lavie..

      Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  22. Satelite
    October 2, 2012

    Really, can someone tell me who the government is going to get to fill in that post. This extension thing is going to be like this for a while until the government simply appoint Carbon as Commissioner, Just wait and you will see. Carbon has no finess in the way he speaks on the radio informing the public about certain things he is asked about, he thinks he is in his backyard, talking to little boys.

    • No Name No Warrant
      October 2, 2012

      You sound just like Carbon

  23. Observer
    October 2, 2012

    Spaggs only want to consult when there are “Big appointments to be made. It would seem that this is the only part of his many duties as Leader of the Opposition he is interested in. For example, he has not called for or convened a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee for years now. A few short weeks ago he was talking loosely about having the meetings of the PAC in public. No doubt he wanted to hide behind the cloak of his UWP know-it-all media acrobats for support in what he or they wanted to do. Outside of that there has not been any word form Spaggs except to lament that he was not consulted. After all Spaggs, if we have an illegal President and an illegal Prime Minister, why would you want to mix up with them anyway. You and the other three members of Parliament from the UWP are the only legally elected members of parliament. So continue to stay by yourself.

    Stop being selective with your sacred duties as the alternate PM. Stop singling out what you want. Unless otherwsie established,as I undersatnd it the convening of meetings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is yours to arrange. You have not yet arranged any such meetings after more than two years in the job (remember you all the experienced parliamentarians to woo you into ignoring parliament for almost a year), yet you have difficulty with another man’s job. Come on Spaggs. You know that Salisbury and Dominica know that you can do better than just belly aching

    • Met Yo
      October 2, 2012

      the foolishness some people write is really depressing to read sometimes. I mean how can a human being speak that amount of nonesense. :-?

      • and?
        October 2, 2012

        am thinking the same about the comment witten by ” met yo” :?:

      • No Name No Warrant
        October 2, 2012

        People from Giraudel just write pure gabbage..K

      • JIM
        October 2, 2012

        @Observer You are such an accomplished MACKAK,that serious matters of state and national concern are being reduced to nothing by you.No wonder beggars like you who are feeding or intend to feed from under the masters table are spewing such high degree of garbage.
        I support everything that Spaggs has said.

      • Bull
        October 2, 2012

        “Met yo” I hope you are not the “Met Yo” who told the other padner to adjust yourself. I see you need some adjustments to your head anyway

      • October 2, 2012

        me too… such crap

    • Frank Talker
      October 2, 2012

      Your comments lack comprehension in the context of the apointment of an Acting Chief of Police and the repeated calls by Spaggs for the Prime Minister to consult on matters the Constitution say he MUST. Writing about Spaggs and the PAC is useless.

    • Realist
      October 2, 2012


      Forget Spaggs, is just passing he passing through like everybody else. The most important thigh is the degradation of the constitution in broad daylight in full view of the the entire world. When seeds of dishonor are sown, fruits of dishonor are reaped.

      I hope when your grand children ask you where were you when these atrocities where being wreaked on the nation, that you have the the decency top say you participated by encouraging it.

      Having an 18-3 majority is no license to castigated and defecate on the constitution

  24. Really n Turly
    October 2, 2012

    really and turly,tell us something we don’t know;and to go futher;i will tell you come january 1st 2013,he is going to be the man in charge,cause he is acting like a real costar.don’t loose sleep over that.

      October 2, 2012

      Could you space after your punctuation marks?

  25. D/ca
    October 2, 2012

    Just Give Hobbs the job already

  26. whats the word
    October 2, 2012


  27. High Land.
    October 2, 2012

    This pure Madness!!

    How can Skerrit extend the time of Mr Carbon with out the knowledge of the Leader Of The Opposition?

    The Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution Order 1978
    Appointment, etc., of police officers.
    (1) The power to appoint a person to hold or act in the office of Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police and, subject to the provisions of section 93 of this Constitution, the power to remove the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police from office shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, given after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition and the Police Service Commission.”

    Only in Dominica, these blatant violations of the constitution can happen and the people remains mute. SMH!!

      October 2, 2012

      The President has the POWER- acting under guidance of the PM. Why can’t Spags take his issue to the Presient.

      Okay, you say you were not consulted – take that up and show that the Constitution was violated. the PM advises the President, thus in reality – THE PRESIDENT has the power based ont eh above same Constitution

      Stop quote the damn Constitution and misunderstand it.

      People are acting as if the Opposition is the only party the PM needs to consult with.

      What about the Police Service Commission? What do they have to say about that?
      Did the Pm consult with them.

      what is Hector’s definition of Consultation? I’m surious to knwo if at any point he discussed this matter with the PM or whether he was totally blindedsinded along with the Police service commission.

      Perhaps DNO should investigate whether the Commission had an opinion on the appointment.

      the Opposition does not have the only opinion which carries value based on the CONSTITUTION

      • Choice X
        October 2, 2012

        You are conflicting yourself by your own admissions. If you say that the president acts only on the advice of the PM. Then it seeks to reason that any move by the opp leader to seek redress with the president, will be promptly overruled by the advice of the PM.

        Unlike the system in the US, our constitution has no checks and balances to ensure it runs smoothly, it depends on the goodwill and honesty of those in control. If the leaders are corrupt and unrighteous, then in effect you have no constitution protection – go figure

    • Zenfan Zombie
      October 2, 2012

      If the opposition wasn’t to busy trying to create chaos in the country, then they and especially the leader of the opposition would be consulted on matters of national importance.In the interest of the people of this country Mr John should not be willing to be led by rable rousers,but rather stand on his own feet and do the right thing.Is Mr John willing to sit with the Prime Minister on matters of national interest? Or is he being led as a lamb to the slaughter?

    • "O" STRESS!
      October 2, 2012

      Smarty! what language you do not understand?? Answer to your question is. IS because he the “PM” think he can and now there is nothing any jack can do about it. I TOLD YOU SO! Say it not so. I need a break.

  28. Stryka
    October 2, 2012

    We Want Weeks for commissioner.who agree with my say yeah.

    • interpool
      October 2, 2012


    • Fj
      October 2, 2012

      Boy, Weekes would clean that force wee ! ! ! I agree with you 10000000000000000000000%

      • October 2, 2012

        And weeks is a real honourable man, and real honourable men will do honourable things.

      October 3, 2012

      yeah, yeah,yeah! It’s time to clean up the bad eggs.

  29. look
    October 2, 2012

    Well Well Hector,since is a continuation of disrespect of the constitution, i suggest that you do the whistle stop and ask with Eddo and Lennox and have a massive meeting with 150 ppl. This time do it infront of the Police Headquarters.

  30. fearless
    October 2, 2012

    I was once a strong U.W.P supporter but them BOYZ talk to much thats why skero will do what he want and they can’t do a dam about it but just bla bla ,i would never follow labour but works doh worth

    • Papa Dom
      October 2, 2012

      you lie

    • Not a herd follower
      October 2, 2012

      UWP alone cannot bring about the change you desire. You have to get involve. Be there when they call for protest or a simple gathering. Make a financial contribution when called upon. Write articles on the wrongs in the country and the poor governance practices of this current administration.

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