US$1.5 million from China for police vehicles, equipment and training

Blackmore urged police officers to go out into the communities "make your eyes boil your peas with the express purpose of detecting crime"
Blackmore urged police officers to go out into the communities “make your eyes boil your peas with the express purpose of detecting crime”

Dominica has signed a US$ 1.5 million agreement with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that will go towards equipment and training for law enforcement here.

Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security, Rayburn Blackmore, made the announcement at the commissioning of a new police station and magistrate’s court in Laplaine on Friday August 14, 2015.

He described the agreement as one that aims to further deepen ties between the two countries.

“I signed on behalf of the government of Dominica with the Ministry of Defense with the government of the People’s Republic of China… to the tune of US$1.5 million and it is going to be utilized to procure new vehicles, to train police officers, and to invest in equipment for search and rescue,” Blackmore said.

He continued, “This agreement is with a view to further developing the friendly and cooperative relations between the People’s Republic of China and the People of Dominica. This relationship as you know was initiated by our own honorable Prime Minister and now my dear friends we can see for ourselves some of the benefits deriving from that great partnership.”

The Minister also had some words of advice for the police officers stationed at the Laplaine facility.

“I want to again ask of you to go out into the communities and to talk to the people. Walk the streets, go to the garages, go the shops, and on the beaches. You go there not to recreate but to make your eyes boil your peas with the express purpose of detecting crime my dear friends,” he stated.

Parliamentary Representative, Petter Saint-Jean, has been lamenting the need for an appropriate structure to house the La Plaine police station. He said that for too long, dwelling houses were rented and converted into police stations in his constituency.

The La Plaine police station serves the villages of LaPlaine, Grand Fond, Morne Jaune , Riviere Cyrique, Rosalie and Boetica.

The new La Plaine police station is financed through a loan from the Dominica Social Security of three million, two hundred and forty-four thousand, and one hundred and thirty seven dollars and twelve cents ($3,244,137.12).

The new station has two buildings. The main building is a two-level structure, with the lower level housing administrative offices, holding cells and magistrate’s court. The upper level will house the male and female living quarters. The second building will serve as the Inspector’s quarters.

The firm of A.K. Henderson Ltd. was awarded the construction contract for the project.

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49 Comments

  1. 4-cars
    August 20, 2015

    With all the grants and loans in the Millions of $$$$ Dominica has gotten and continues to get; If funds were used honestly by skerreeet, the unemployment rate on the Island would be ZERO. :twisted: :twisted:

  2. August 17, 2015

    They don’t build no school’s anymore’all they build are them prison prison.lord have mercy on madam Dominique.

    • August 18, 2015

      Very good Blackmore the police force need that, but i would realy like you to implement or create a special anti drug enforcement squard in the police force to attack the drug importers and sellers all over the island,especially the hard drugs.Man as a former police officer attached to C I D i can’t believe what i saw going on in Roseau and Portsmouth.One more thing give the police sweeping powers to operate like, enter search seize and destroy where ever the drugs are being sold. You will be protecting your youths and the image of the country,Dominica is too small to have all that drugs being sold in the open night and day like that.

  3. bumble bee
    August 17, 2015

    Open your eyes people, skerrit is preparing the police dept to take over the country, and suppress all your citizens. No jobs but police stations and equipment. China already own DA, skerrit millions is not in DA, his family US citizens, so GOD help you all.

  4. REAL!!!!
    August 17, 2015

    The administration getting ready to wage war against its people.

    No hospital , No Farm road, No INTL airport and No jobs .

    More Tax, more police equipment, more unsolved crimes, higher prices on food and no accountability.

  5. Green Gold
    August 17, 2015

    Instead of solely seeking grants and loans from the Chinese …has the DA govt every approached the Chinese govt about building mfg plants in DA (creating sustainable employment) in order to support the Chinese markets in north America?

    If nothing else. having a plant in Dominica would shorten the lead time via boat shipment on Chinese goods from the east (4-6 weeks) out of China to America to (1-2 weeks) out of Dominica to America.

    Just my thoughts……

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      August 17, 2015

      This will be done in Cuba shortly. They’re located 90 miles from Miami.

  6. LANSAL
    August 17, 2015

    blackmoore are those equipment include tear gas

  7. LANSAL
    August 17, 2015

    A POLICE STATE I SEE. no money for the development of the agricultural sector, feeder roads and to fight black sigatoka.

    more tools to fight its citizens, but when the pipe burst the water will spray everywhere

  8. progressive
    August 17, 2015

    Some effort should be made towards the accquisition of two or three helicoptors with improving the transportation system of the country. Given the terrain of the country some air transportation vehicle could be helpful.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      August 17, 2015

      Remember, Benja Shoe had helicopters and farmers complained that they were scaring away their animals.

  9. dunce
    August 17, 2015

    Blackmoore enough of these fancy terms “agreement”,just tell us whether is a loan or not??

  10. Ma Moses
    August 17, 2015

    No more public protests. Remember what happened in Tianamen Squarte!

  11. new york dominica
    August 17, 2015

    grell they ‘ll give u up one d ay u’ll no what it is to shut up

  12. 植芝 盛平
    August 17, 2015

    Those communists in power will rule from the barrel of a gun like Chairman mao. 8)

  13. Looking
    August 17, 2015
  14. grell
    August 17, 2015

    Keep accepting the monies,and what are we giving China IN RETURN.

    • Skerrit's Sino-MOU plan
      August 17, 2015

      Nice one LANSALthey upgrading and even looking for state of the art hospital.
      It is only fair to stock up mew tear gas canisters for the upcoming assault on the population.

  15. Me
    August 17, 2015

    Since this deal was subject of an agreement it must be conditional. What are the conditions please? Or is that perhaps a state secret too.
    PS. When is that coastguard base going to be built for which the U.S.A. gave us money, no strings attached?

  16. Boops
    August 16, 2015

    Waste of cash

  17. abcd
    August 16, 2015

    Two questions!!!

    Is this ‘agreement’ a LOAN AGREEMENT or is this another ‘GRANT’???? Why was that not made absolutely clear one way or the other???

    Next question!!!! Did the police not receive somewhere in excess of seventy motorcycles as recently as a year or two ago??? Were there mistakes in the types of vehicles issued and how many of these vehicles are still operational and being utilized presently??

    I think we really need to keep our eyes on this one……..Very important!!! IS THIS ANOTHER LOAN?????? WHAT QUALITY OF VEHICLES WILL WE RECEIVE?????

  18. Skerrit's Sino-MOU plan
    August 16, 2015

    Black is well know not to be the brightest bulbin any room not even in his household as a boy growing up in Mahaut.
    Now he makes a dumb statement lHe described the agreement as one that aims to further deepen ties between the two countries.How does such an agreement include arms vehicles etc if there is not a plan to subject the population to second class citizens for you all’s new found friends?
    These are clear signs of a plan. PJ gave us his version in May and b4 in 1979.Now PJ and his tonton macoute look like girl guides let alone scouts. compared to what is to come God .Marx, Engel,
    Rosie, Pierro, Mamo are all dead and am not feeling well myself
    people get ready.

  19. Hold dem by their lapo borda
    August 16, 2015

    All northern shore line to be watch as they try to escape with the help of the Chinese economic spies citizens and the denizens amongst them.& us.

  20. The D/can resistance.
    August 16, 2015

    I signed on behalf of the government of Dominica with the Ministry of Defense with the government of the People’s Republic of China… to the tune of US$1.5 million and it is going to be utilized to procure new vehicles, to train police officers, and to invest in equipment for search and rescue,” Blackmore said.
    These guys are beginning to sound extremely egoistic Medard Peeppip now Blackbird.
    These kids are /have become to big 4 their shoes they must repeat must be stopped.It’s overdue.

  21. Face skywards
    August 16, 2015

    Dominica has signed a US$ 1.5 million agreement with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that will go towards equipment and training for law enforcement here..
    All the more justification for a revolution.These Fascists Neo Clang has to be stoooed .We have to pick them up individually and make them humble tellus where the funds are stashed the MOU explained.We are en-route to the one china state.
    Take eed Dumbs in Cans. It’s already a one party state they are beefing up so must the resistance.

  22. Mexican
    August 16, 2015

    What do you mean by “agreement”? Is it a loan or grant? DNO could you get this clarified?

  23. mujahardin
    August 16, 2015

    Police stations are being built all over the place while the Marigot/Airport hospital continues to be willfully ignored. I suspect when the people of Marigot begin to demonstrate, Skerrit will have to arrest all the villagers of Marigot.

  24. Liberty
    August 16, 2015

    Just how many police vehicles and motor cycles do we need on this island.Wiil every member of the force have their own vehicle???SMH

  25. James A. Evans
    August 16, 2015

    Dominicans wake up Dominica does not need a trained police dept. We need trained workers and a better standard of living. What wrong with Skerrit he needs the force on his side. Come on people you all are being taken for a deadly ride. What is wrong with all the so called eduated people in Dominica how can you all tolerate this Crap……….

  26. wisewoman
    August 16, 2015

    “Dominica has signed a US$ 1.5 million agreement with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) ”
    Is this “agreement” in the form of a loan, a grant, a gift or what?
    Is the request for police to walk the streets of the community one for all the police in Dominica or only La Plaine and if it’s for all, why is it a ‘request’. Isn’t this something that should be understood by police in every community. Police visiblity is a deterent to crime. Would these be police in uniform or plain clothes?
    “He described the agreement as one that aims to further deepen ties between the two countries.” Could our ties to China be any deeper, or is this just another way of saying our debt to China will be deeper? What happened to all the motorcylces we’ve already received from China? When I last called my local police, they could not come to the village because their vehicles including the motorcycle were ‘down’.
    Next level, keepin’ it real, right?

  27. NKRUMAH KWAME
    August 16, 2015

    Well now we finish. Please Mr. Blackmore, not for TRAINING purposes. Remember what they did to their own folks at Tienamen Square in 1989. Now people under 25 know nothing of this massacre of innocent civilians. Please do not go down that road.
    HOTEP!

  28. August 16, 2015

    we cannot eat those things. What has the Chinese given us we can turn into money/permanent employment for our people. Why cant they build us a little plant where we can manufacture something?

  29. August 16, 2015

    In Mr. Rooservelt Skerrit Dominica, what exactly does an agreement mean? Is it a loan added to the already 1.3 million debt or is it a grant? Why don’t you talk straight to the people in “keeping it real?” And while I am at it Mr. Blackmoore, the police is there to serve and protect the people. They should go in the communities to mingle with the people in order to prevent criminal acts. They do not go in to make their “eyes boil their peas” and discover crimes.
    The ideology of this administration is so screwed up.

  30. August 16, 2015

    Blamoore what happened to the money Skerrit and your Labour Party received from the USA Official, blackmoor, skerrit I want to know where is the new coastguard building which was said to be constructed, and where the money goneyou guys keep accepting monies from the Chinese Mafia, when they start to send their hit man after you guys as they do all over the world, hope you guysdon’t run and hide, Chinese are invaders, they do no like black people, also they do not dish out money for nothing, skerrit we need to know what you did with the American money, bllackmoore and the rest of the cabal skerrit is using you guys taking you guys all over the world as his partner in crime, the talk is that he is not going down alone, a ring a ring of roses all will fall down, and jail, what goes up must come down, keep on flying you all kite for the rope will come to an end

  31. Analy Thomas
    August 16, 2015

    According to DNO quoting Mr. Blackmore, “I want to again ask of you to go out into the communities and to talk to the people. Walk the streets, go to the garages, go the shops, and on the beaches. You go there not to recreate but to make your eyes boil your peas with the express purpose of detecting crime my dear friends,” I believe that the police need training in customer services, personal defense against criminals, public defense against criminals, situation analysis,(including common sense)……
    I know that there are policemen who are trying their best even under suppressive circumstances like victimization and others who also try but do not know any better.. I.E investigation and statement writing. Kudos to those who uphold the law no matter what. To the ones who think they have power by partiality and continue to disrespect others, harass women and behave like “shattahs”…. every rope has an end.

    • Analy Thomas
      August 16, 2015

      Continue to do your jobs you have interviewing skills, investigation experience, public relations and most of all credentials. One day it will pay off. Stand for what you believe and let us work together to ensure a better Dominica.

  32. Hugo Grotius
    August 16, 2015

    Incompetence Non-Stop

  33. Lee
    August 16, 2015

    boy people starving but we buying police gear and led bullets that can kill :?: :?:

  34. REASONING
    August 16, 2015

    :?: It seems like we are still in need of a motherland and coloniser to give us gifts,therefore it seems like we should have never gotten independence from England?I’m always of the view that this island rock should never be politically independence,we can hardly find proper people to govern the island,the proof is here with us,this is why we are in such a mess.If we were colonised by any of those European or metropolitan countries,skerrit could never be in the position he is in.Now tell me black-mort,did you all not criticised the U.W.P for burrowing money from the Social Security?Tell us also,what are you all giving to the Chinese,since you are bragging about what you benefits from them,thought it was just a mutual ties you had with them,now there’s benefits?So it’s about what can be recieved the relationship is based on and not diplomatic,so you all must be giving something,tell us what? :?:

  35. mahaut roro
    August 16, 2015

    at what cost to the Dominican ppl?

  36. Shaka zulu
    August 16, 2015

    Go out in communities not to recreate but to detect crime. Smdh!!! Sounds like we creating the ton ton macout. The PM is hand selecting police officers so with training from the Chinese who are nothing but communist party cooperatives are we going to see a police force that goes around the community carrying information on who support labour and who does not. It is happening already with some of those dummies in special branch and others who get promoted for their loyalty.

  37. diabless
    August 16, 2015

    There should be greater control of the use of these public vehicles.Are log books being kept and checked by a very senior officer?

    • Liberty
      August 17, 2015

      Remember the last tranch of vehicles and motor cycles we received from the Chinese??
      Well the Senior officer made Great promises of the manner he would PERSONALLY supervise the use of said vehicles.
      Well like all the promises never kept

  38. Dr. Sam Christian
    August 16, 2015

    The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force needs to be well-housed, well-equiped and well-trained. This is a great step in that direction. May the building be known by the people of the district as truly the people’s house – a house of justice.

    • Ma Moses
      August 17, 2015

      Dr. Sam, shame on you. We know have to dance to the tune of he who afforded you to practice your God given talent in your home country. I would have been more proud of you if you had stayed in your adopted country to fight the alleged charges against you, brought about by alleged racism. Brother, win or lose, I would have regarded you as a real man.

  39. Revolution
    August 16, 2015

    Dominica economy is bad people desperate crime rising but u arming police just a matter of time before the crime
    reach ministers of govt.

  40. Tutankhamen
    August 16, 2015

    Go ahead Skerrit. Build your little army. Turn Dominica into a militant state with robocops trained and ready to do your bidding..turn them loose on the people of Dominica when you are done with them. They are still waiting for the hospital promised by that SAME China that cannot seem to materialize after all these promises and LIES..there is a God and ONE DAY you will answer to him.

  41. coyote
    August 16, 2015

    what will china want in return for all these grants,gifts and loans. I know there is no such thing as afree lunch.

  42. anonymous2
    August 16, 2015

    More aptly put…….a contribution to the police state. China is currently in crisis.

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