Recently installed acting Police Chief Daniel Carbon wants officers to stay focused on the job.
He is advising them to be wary of greed, and avoid temptation.
Carbon replaced Chief Cyril Carette, who has left on pre-retirement leave after two years at the helm.
“You must know where you came from, know where you are and where you are going,” the acting chief said in an interview with Dominica News Online.
“You have to conduct yourself professionally and this is my wish; police officers needs to be focused, do the work, be committed,” he said.
According to Acting Commissioner Carbon, every single police officer must be satisfied with what they have.
“You cannot want to be rich overnight, take it one day at a time and control what you have. Stay away from being greedy and selfish, and budget what you have so you won’t fall to temptation,” is his advice to his officers.
He is describing the police officer as “an emblem of the society with lots of power”.
“You have to gain the confidence of the state and the country. One single act of misconduct can go far to derail the force, the citizens have placed trust in you and you must do it with respect, commitment and a high level of professionalism,” Carbon remarked.
The acting commissioner describes himself as “a well-rounded police officer” who has worked in various departments of the police force.
“I have worked in CID; in the out district police station, Marigot, Portsmouth, Grand Bay, as a prosecutor in Roseau courts, in the traffic department, the Special branch, acted as deputy chief and is now acting chief of police”.
Carbon told DNO that he wants to ensure that the police force goes in the right direction.
He says even as a young constable his fellow officers and superiors had a lot of confidence in him, advising him to “stay focused” and so he did just that.
“I was nurtured and when I joined the force it was a sharp unit then….I served under various commissioners. Simon Darroux was very instrumental in my career development and also Antoine Defoe who guided me and ensured that I did my work in a very professional manner,” he recalled.
Forty-seven-year old Carbon is married, and considers both St Joseph and Vieille Case his home.
He has explained that he was born in St. Joseph but at six months old his mom moved to Vieille Case, his current home.
Carbon attended the Portsmouth Secondary School (PSS) and joined the Dominica police Force in 1985 after graduating.