New Police Commissioner Wants to Restore Police Force’s Reputation
With Police Commissioner Superintendent Cyril Carrette’s final day on the job being Friday July 6th, 2012, as he went on pre-retirement leave, Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit appointed Head of the Criminals Investigation Department (C.I.D) Superintendent Daniel Carbon to fill the position as Acting Commissioner.
This change was effective on Saturday July 7th.
In an interview with SAT TV News, Superintendent Carbon says that, although it has only been 3 days on the job it has been very hectic for him so far as it is a new challenge for him.
Mr. Carbon says that becoming an officer of the Commonwealth of the Dominica Police Force was something he always wanted to do.
Since joining the force, he was promoted to Corporal in 1992, then to a Sergeant in 1998, in 2001 as an Inspector, in 2008 as an Assistant Superintendent and 2011 as a Superintendent.
He reminisced on the times growing up as a young boy in the community of Vielle Case in the mid 70′s and early 80′s, when seeing the police officers, which they called “the squad” doing they routine patrols, was very impressive to him.
Mr. Carbon added that his vision for the police force is to restore the strong reputation it had once before, as the public’s perception of the force is not at the point it should be, and there is room for improvement.
He said during these years, whenever a police officer would walk through the streets, he or she would be seen as a symbol of authority, and would be well respected and the public would look up to him or her, as an example to follow.
The Acting Commissioner added that the public’s cooperation is very important to every police officer.
On the issue of corruption in the Police Force, The Acting Commissioner responded that no police officer is bigger than the police force, and that his fellow officers must understand that there is no room for misconduct and unprofessionalism in the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.
He added that police misconduct can assist in the deterioration of society and the community, so it will not be accepted at any time and there are laws in place to deal with an officer breaking the law.
Superintendent Carbon is expected to fill that position for three months which comes to an end on September 30th 2012.