Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit laid to rest any notion that his government has discussed outsourcing the position of police chief to a foreigner when the current Police Chief Daniel Carbon, exits sometime this year.
He was delivering remarks at a press briefing held recently.
“The current police chief I believe, maybe later this year, will proceed on pre-retirement leave,” Mr. Skerrit said. “There has been no discussion on the government standpoint about bringing a person from outside to be the police chief.”
He explained that at the appropriate time, the mechanism within the constitution will be triggered to address the issue of vacancy that will exist in the office of Chief of Police.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister has praised the current police chief for having done a “fantastic job” under very difficult circumstances.
“I must say that Mr. Daniel Carbon has done a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances, with so many natural disasters, a lot of external issues to deal with,” he stated.
According to him, Mr. Carbon has been able to ensure the security of the state during all the demonstrations.
“All things considered I believe he has done a remarkable job in securing the people of Dominica and I believe he must be commended for that,” Mr. Skerrit stated.
Carbon replaced former Chief Cyril Carrette in 2012.
During an interview with Dominica News Online (DNO) in 2012 Carbon described himself as “a well-rounded police officer” who has worked in various departments of the police force.
He has worked in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID); in the out-district police stations of, Marigot, Portsmouth, Grand Bay, as a prosecutor in Roseau courts, in the traffic department, the special branch, and acted as deputy chief.
Carbon told DNO that he wants to ensure that the police force goes in the right direction.
He said 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.
Carbon is married, and considers both St Joseph and Vieille Case his home.
He explained that he was born in St. Joseph but at six months old his mother moved to Vieille Case.
Carbon attended the Portsmouth Secondary School (PSS) and joined the Dominica Police Force in 1985 after graduating.