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.