The DLP Government has approved a new post of assistant chief of police, within the Dominica Police Force. That position was approved at a Cabinet meeting held on 3rd May 201, according to Justice, Immigration and National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore.
Minister Blackmoore noted that most police forces in the Caribbean region have more than one assistant commissioner of police. He says these appointments enable them to operate more effectively. He added, “It is against this backdrop that Cabinet approved the creation of a new position of Assistant Chief of Police effective July 1, 2016”. He made that disclosure at a press conference this week
Minister Blackmoore claims that there has been a concerted effort to ensure that the police forces throughout the region become a professional and standardized body throughout member states. Blackmoore added, “At the last ministerial meeting, a measure was approved that will give rise to the standardization of all the police forces throughout the region. We will realize that times have changed, we have a more educated public, people are more aware of their rights and therefore the Police Force has to be up to speed with that new reality”.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit informed that same press conference that while the position has been created and there are certain terms and references, no one has been identified to assume the role. Mr Skerrit said “That person will be reporting to the Chief of Police and the Chief of Police would have the authority to provide that person with the duty and instructions as he has the authority to so do. We now have to advise, in keeping with the law, the Police Service Commission and once they ratify this, we will start the recruitment process”. Effective 1st July 2016, there will therefore be a Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon; Deputy Chief of Police, Hobbs Jno Baptiste and an Assistant Chief of Police.
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