Police call for public support in making Dominica secure

ASP Matthew Cuffy (centre)

Assistant Superintendent, Matthew Cuffy, Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, has called on members of the public to partner with police in order to maintain peace within the nation.

Speaking at a press conference, on Monday, Cuffy urged the general public to cooperate with police to bring criminals to justice.

“We would also like to call on the public to assist the police in the security of our Nature Island. That will help to improve and rebuild our nation and contributes in making our nation a better and more attractive place for locals, investors, stakeholders, and everyone concerned…” he explained. “The police will continue to work in partnership with the general public. The police cannot solve crimes without the assistance of the general public.”

Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, who was also present at the event, encouraged people to rid themselves of fear, and to come forward with information which may help the police in their investigations.

“I believe, and I sincerely believe that the best way to deal with criminal activity and just erasing that fear from our psyche is to release the information that you have relating to criminal activity, in real time; because when you do not talk, the criminal will believe that he can operate with impunity,” Carbon stated.

He advised that failure to partner with police will result in criminals becoming more “brazen” and “aggressive.”

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  1. viewsexpressed
    August 17, 2018

    Police, I hope you all took note of the comments above. Get rid of Skerrit, he knows not of police security proceedures and application. He is empty. He knows not of the poverty affecting poor and deprived fam9ies and individuals in Domininca. We see sales of passports and patronising of services for own people who appears are blind loyalists t a failed Prime Minister Skerrit.
    Police, Commissioner, officers, if you want trust and co-operation from us the public, separate that man Skerrit from the duties of the police force. Be independent and protect every citizen with dignity and professionalism. You all cannot and must not be bought. Tell Skerrit, Go to Hell, Go to Hell…Go to Hell none of his damn business to lecture to the you the professionals.

  2. Diafish jab
    August 16, 2018

    The Police service in Dominica need to be more professional and act as such. Confidentiality means just that. Rum shop and 2 beers mentality must stop! This comment is not a political one, it is one that calls for law enforcement integrity. Where is witness protection? How is social media commentaries treated in terms of justice? The police force need more training on how to be fair, professional and confidential. No more secret handshake and drinking pal mentality! That way they will gain respect and trust.

  3. JAH KAL
    August 15, 2018

    Skerrit must go

  4. Lyric
    August 15, 2018

    Not until the police wins back the trust of the citizens of dominica…sir, start with the removal of ureself and ALLLLLLL THE top brass …every single one of them including blackmoore and skerrit…seperate the police force from the DLP party and return the police force to better days when it stood for something..until then we the people will never have any trust or faith in this corrupt institution..

  5. Blogg
    August 15, 2018

    I thinks these guys at the head table need to exchange clothe for Dominica to realise any change in the way the public perceive the police. There is a recommendation from a government commissi8ned inquiry for Carbon and Valerie to be fired for incompetence. They are both still heading the police force. It’s madness. These guys are making it difficult for Matthew Cuffy and his good men and women to police the country. The government has damaged the police force by dividing it and their display of corruption as well. Nothing will change until the rotten heads are no more. Don’t make them fool you!!!!

  6. Shaka Zulu
    August 15, 2018

    The police is asking for assistance from the public and i strongly agree the public should help. However, the public is asking for a new chief and new management. Give us what we want and you will not have to ask for what you want. Get rid of Carbon and put in a leader who stands for honesty, integrity, discipline, and commitment to country not labour, not freedom, not UWP, not P POD. The leader of the force is a puppet on a string and that is 75% of the problem.

  7. Anony
    August 15, 2018

    We understand and sympathize with the cause for peaceable citizens. However many people use marijuana more than you think and feel they will be targeted and searched and suddenly have to pay, they may be wrong, but that also has to stop in this day and age so that more will be forthcoming with info. There also has to be some system of protection, sworn secrecy for police they are to be held accountable and protection for witnesses, they must be made to feel secure.

  8. August 15, 2018

    The police failed D/ca, by picking and choosing who to prosecute, NOBODY should be above the law

  9. Bring back the kidnapped parrots from Germany
    August 15, 2018

    Put the police under the control of the British or US Coast Guard and away from politics, let the British control the police like when Dominica was a colony.

  10. Bring back the kidnapped parrots from Germany
    August 15, 2018

    Dominica will never be secure as long as Skerrit keeps selling passports to laddy daddy and everybody even people from the middle east who most do not know where Dominica is in the world. If they want to make Dominica secure they need to invalidate all passports sold since Skerrit has been Prime Minister. People do not have to even go to Dominica or know where Dominica is but for the right price can just buy a passport. These nefarious characters do not even have to visit Dominica to get a passport. Do they even know who is on Dominica?

  11. Jonathan Y St Jean
    August 15, 2018

    And I’m calling for a new and “real’ police chief to keep all Dominicans secure, not this square peg in a round hole, masquerading as a police chief but who really is a political goon doing the bidding of his enabler. It’s a damn shame

  12. My Daily Bread
    August 15, 2018

    In as much as I hate with a passion, what Skerrit and his boys have done to Dominica I am even more upset with the role of the police in the fall of Dominica. I blame them especially the leadership of the police, more than I blame Skerrit and Blackmoore, since they are politicians. The police of Dominica should not be patisan and should perform their duties with dignity, pride and professionalism. But alas! Under Skerrit our police force became an extension of the Dominica Labor Party that will do what it takes to help Skerrit and boys destroy the opposition at all cost available or necessary. They are hypocritically calling for help to keep Dominica secure? I suggest they call on Tony Asphan

  13. Kermit
    August 15, 2018

    I glErd! All you so unprofessional when people bring information for all you, all you calling people name. Check all you sine.

  14. %
    August 15, 2018

    The public has always been partnering with the police,but you all are asking for greater partnership ..Fine!!!But you all must stop giving the public the impression that you all are being led by outside individuals.
    GON Emmanuel did not get justice
    When people disappear,you all don’t do enough
    You all must stop intimidating opposition protestors
    Certain acts go cold too soon, Example, I have not heard of an arrest one or two yrs or more after the act/crime was committed.
    Finally,Your cyclist ride too carelessly

  15. Floridian Diaspora
    August 15, 2018

    To kill a snake like that you must cut out it’s head. To cure this insecurity you have to remove the source of what’s making it insecure. Skeritt owns the police force in Dominica. Therefore you cannot expect anything food to come from that. Dominica has become much like the illuminati controlled America where the police force, lawyers, judges, government, etc. seem like separate agencies but are all linked up together working hand in hand behind the scenes. Where corruption exists things never go well especially in Dominica where the police operate on political instructions and the non corrupt ones are scared to protest because they fear being victimized and losing their jobs.

  16. Ibo France
    August 15, 2018

    Without an effective police force society will descend into total anarchy. It’s therefore critically important that we, the public, throw our full support behind the police for crimes are most often solved by tips and information from the general public. Having said that, the police MUST win the confidence and respect of the public by their deeds and behavior. Respect is not a given, it is earned. There’s a need for the complete depoliticization of the Dominica Police Force. Presently, many perceive the Police Force as an direct extension of the Cabinet of the Skerrit’s administration. Perception is reality. The top echelon of the Force has to disabuse the vast majority of citizens of this notion if they are to gain the trust of the public. Dominica is still a relatively peaceful place in comparison to many other Caribbean territories but better can be done. Be fair, be transparent, be more visible and active in the communities if things are to improve.

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