PWA urged to work with Police Chief Carbon

Chicot addressing PWA awards ceremony

Travis Chicot, President of the St. Lucia Police Welfare Association and member of the Caribbean Federation of Police Association, has called on police officers in Dominica to “work with the Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon.”

A corporal of police in his native St. Lucia, Chicot made his comments as he addressed the Police Welfare Association (PWA) awards ceremony last week.

In recent times, there have been reports of “tension” between police officers and the Chief of Police Daniel Carbon.

Chicot told police officers that the days of fighting only for salary increase and working conditions are “long gone”.

“You are duty bound to speak the language of professionalism, professional standards and police ethics… and we, as police welfare, must take a stance against police corruption. Yes, you heard me – police corruption,” he said.

He continued, “I want to urge you to make every effort to work with your chief in spite of the many attempts that you have made and failed. When you fail, you must try again and if you fail continue to try because when all is done and you can’t move forward, I urge you to seek professional advice as you seek to move the business of your members so that tomorrow, no one can hold you accountable when you have the short fall.”

He told them that as an association they must always look for help from their sister associations in the region. “Don’t be strangers to your sister associations in the region; seek help from them…talk to them about legislation and law and solicit their help and advice,” he advised.

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11 Comments

  1. Neville
    January 31, 2019

    Dominica has not got a police force anymore but rather a private militia. On paper it’s top dog is Carbon but it’s real commander is Skerrit. Based on that this article is neither here nor there!

  2. Joseph John
    January 30, 2019

    We must be cognizant of the mandate of the police when it comes to safety and security of the nation. All the political noises coming out from all directions about the police is unacceptable and should not continue. Police welfare associations should not go public with their greviences. That should be treated with confidentiality with and by the Police Service Commission, like client and lawyer ethics. The police is a professional body and their behavior should be above board. That business of politically polarizing them is not good for the country. It cause respect to go out the window and affect their duty as first responders.

    • Joseph John
      January 31, 2019

      Police officers, as a para-discipline body should never be in media activities. They should not be making public statements like those seeking public attention to aquire celebrity status, they should never be political. Reports on crime should be channel through the Government P R O to reporting agencies.. The activity being discussed should be held within closed doors with no press with reports going through the govt. PRO.
      No way should police officers or associations be involved in any trade union like activities. Those have negative conotations.

  3. Anonymous
    January 30, 2019

    Who invites him to come and stir the pot? Hasn’t he got enough to do in hisown country?

  4. PHQ
    January 29, 2019

    Travis I am sorry but it clearly seems like you didnot consult with the PWA in Dominica before you made that statement.
    It was just last week that the PWA had a function in Roseau to recognize Police officers for work done , But that same carbon refused to allow them to use PHQ and he did not even attend such an important function where he could take the opportunity to try to unite the Force!!
    So you are clearly out of touch with reality.

  5. mine
    January 29, 2019

    They will not with with him cause must of them are politically involve just to give him bad name.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2019

      I pray and hope our P.M. is not surrounded by anaphabetic supporters like this because that will severely restrict the future development of ou country.

  6. %
    January 29, 2019

    It could be that in St Lucia the police force is still a functional institution with a real chief,who is not a puppet and stooge of any politician.
    In Dominica the police force is a broken and failed institution,whose main preoccupation is to try to prevent opposition forces from exercising their constitutional rights….
    This Chief in Dominica is a square peg in a round hole!!!!

    • Ibo France
      January 29, 2019

      St. Lucia, by the record number of homicides and robberies each year, in recent times, has one of the worst police forces in the Caribbean. Ask any St. Lucian about their confidence in their police force. They are an abysmal failure. They are in no position to give fruitful advice. The Dominica Police Force has huge problems: lack of leadership, no meritorious promotion, severe lack of resources, inadequate remuneration, political manipulation, unprofessionalism and the list goes on ad nauseam. Most of the national law enforcement institutions are bedeviled with political interference by the powers that be. Most of the Caribbean has metamorphosed from one of the most peaceful and fun loving regions of the world into one of the most homicidal places on earth. It’s a truly sad narrative.

  7. Neal
    January 29, 2019

    Sorry Cpl it appears that you come from La-La land. So how many times does one have to try to work with the Chief? 99 or 101 times? Go back to St. Lucia where I am assuming the police hierarchy is much more professional, bright, less political and vindictive. Nice try- I will give you a B+ for effort Corporal.

    • John Jay
      January 29, 2019

      You was at a ceremony where he was invited and he did not come, his dcp came if it was Valrrie he would not. So you want them to tie him and pull him thats why the police is that way it is today square pegs in round hole.

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