PM Skerrit announces reclassification exercise for police salaries

PM Skerrit presents one of the awards at the 34th police recruit graduation and passing out parade

A reclassification exercise to address salaries for police officers is on cards.

That’s what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told police recruits at the 34th graduation and passing out parade last week.

“We know there are issues relating to salaries. Though I know you ask for fifteen, fifteen, fifteen but I believe most of us believe that the root to go to addressing the issue of remuneration through the police force. is through a reclassification exercise and this, in our mind, will in a systematic manner, address the issue of remuneration,” he explained.

Skerrit said he intends to meet with the Police Welfare Association and members of the police force, to engage in conversation.

“This is our country and therefore we have to recognise that we all need to work together to make this country what we all would like it to be and the question is, what is going to be our individual and collective contribution to this endeavour?” he asked.

The Prime Minister also called on police recruits to uphold law and order at all times and asked police officers to question themselves about trustworthiness.

“You will have to ask yourself whether you can be trusted to serve in a sensitive unit in the police force; you will have to ask yourself whether sensitive information can be shared with you. You will want to ask yourself whether you can be assigned to a special unit in the police force,” he said

Skerrit said if law and order are not maintained, the officers are putting themselves and the country at risk.

“If you do not maintain law and order in the manner in which you have to, you are not only making the whole country unsafe but yourself as a citizen of Dominica. Your family members will be impacted by this and so do not be narrow-minded in the actions in which you have to take to uphold law and order,” he advised. “So I am hoping you the twenty-eight men who are graduating today can recognise those very important elements and to be 28 shining examples.”

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  1. Lin clown
    January 16, 2020

    Want to know ,you asked your question,answer your question.SKERRIT has no time for UWP IDIOTS.He has a country to build.Go ask lazy LINTON,what was in the BLACK SUITCASE,ask him the MOU he signed with BRUNEY who was it for.Ask him how much money he got for his 2019 campaign.

  2. dissident
    January 15, 2020

    you stop complaining about your low salary????

    you made a whole lot of empty promises during de last election
    you just giving de nation a heads up dat our economy is broken and de country is broke….that job classification could have been done a long time ago.
    i also suspect dat you want to promote police officers that are loyal to you in particular…..just something sweet to wipe de tears and fears from their eyes for a little while.

    you doing this to punish officers that you think are against you and maybe even de police protesters
    de ones who didn’t protest will be rewarded
    if they were all RED RSS soldiers defending skerrit their salary increase would have been announced with pride…..remember Savarin, remember de former speaker Alix

  3. Khan Faruk
    January 15, 2020

    Nonsense, he wants full control of them so that they are at his mercy. Why doesn’t Dominica acknowledge that they have a Scharlatan as PM who is looking to place a crown on his head.

  4. Dr. Panacea/sanjahram
    January 14, 2020

    I thought that was Blackmore’s job! Mister is both physician and patient.

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  5. I want to know
    January 14, 2020

    PM Skerrit should not be allowed to say anything until he truthfully addresses these issues raised by Al jazeera network:
    1. Does PM know who handed a Dominica Diplomatic passport to Mrs. Diezani Madueke? If yes
    2. Was there an undisclosed deal?
    3. Does PM know anything about a shell company opened in the state of Delaware that links Mrs. Madueke to an apartment building?
    4. Does PM know anything about that shell company that later purchased a $US2.2 building in Manhattan NY, next to the United Nations?
    5. Does PM know that Property reports reported Melissa Skerrit resided in that apartment shortly after the purchase?
    6. Does PM know that photos showed PM and family inside that apartment?
    7. Did PM tell a news agency that his wife Melissa Skerrit resided in that apartment due to a kind gesture of an unknown friend?
    8. IF so, can PM Skerrit tell us who that friend is?

    PM needs to call a press conference and truthfully clear the air so the world will not take Dominicans as…

  6. Ibo France
    January 14, 2020

    Firstly, all hard working, honest police officers and all public servants, especially teachers and nurses need an increase in salaries. Secondly, Sherrie, the most notorious leader in the Caribbean, probably the world, talking about trustworthiness. That’s a affront to all Dominicans knowing that he has soiled, sullied and indelibly blackened the once good and untarnished image of Dominica. Skerrit talking about trustworthiness is like the devil advocating holiness. Mr. Skerrit inflation has long outpaced government workers wages and salaries. The time has come even long passed for ALL CIVIL and PUBLIC SERVANTS to get a ‘livable’ TOP-UP! This is no time for your inarticulate, confusing statements.

  7. Rodney
    January 14, 2020

    You will have to ask yourself whether you can be trusted to serve in a sensitive unit in the police force; you will have to ask yourself whether sensitive information can be shared with you. You will want to ask yourself whether you can be assigned to a special unit in the police force,” he said

    Horse manure.. So that’s how you want to run the police force now? What special unit you talking bout.. that force is a waste of time.. one officer friend of mine tell me u have to be labourite to work in a special area and get extra money. . all these guys do is victimize dose lil police because they have a diference in opinion.. that force is doom to fail.. so much friends of mines are being vicitmize and dumped in a underprivileged section because the top brass believes that they are not labourite.. that is worst force in the carribean .. crappy pay..foolish officers untop … Political chief.. political deputy.. disrespectful officer leaking child’s statement.. all kind of madness ..

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  8. Maybe
    January 14, 2020

    Pay the officers and stop the hand out you have to work to earn bread so pay police and close the red clinic

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  9. Shaka zulu
    January 14, 2020

    What determines sensitive information is the laws. And police should follow one thing and one thing only. The law. The law by the way is not according to the PM or some layers interpretation. It is according to the parliament that established it intent and when not clear the courts application and clarification. So skerrit can run his Asset how he want who goes in which unit is determined by individual competency and abilities and police incharge. Every officer is there to serve and protect. Skerrit has made a tonton macoute and mongosse gang style kinda force. Why were police officers used to pick up british con artist at airport to plant false evidence at lintons home. Who ordered? We seem to have lespwi poule.

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