The Labour Party Administration believes that key indicators of development of any country include the state of its legal system and the level of safety and security of its citizens.
This is why this Government continues to pay close attention to national security.
Minister for Housing, Lands & Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie listed a number of initiatives which the DLP Government has undertaken over the last few years to make Dominica a safer place for its citizens and visitors.
Hon. Austrie was speaking on behalf of the Hon. Prime Minister at a ceremony to officially commission the Calibishie Police Station on Wednesday August 12th.
He made reference to “The intensification of a robust anti-crime prevention control exercise including house searches and uniformed patrols in our communities; increased vehicle checkpoints and active searches for illegal drugs, firearms and other criminal paraphernalia; increased uniformed foot and mobile patrols in the city of Roseau and across the country; public awareness campaigns, dissemination of information, visits to schools, village councils and other community organizations; increased Coast Guard patrols and the use of two very fast interceptor craft donated by the United States Government; increased traffic checks to ensure compliance with traffic regulations, and the use of CCTV cameras in policing major events.
“My Government will continue to place the necessary emphasis on the training of police officers. In the last financial year, in excess of 200 police officers were trained locally, regionally and internationally. Police officers continue to receive training in intelligence-gathering and analysis, drug interdiction and cybercrime investigations.
This year, four police officers received expert training in fingerprint analysis and very shortly we should begin training of 38 recruits to help with these ongoing efforts.”
According to Government’s Social and Economic Review for the fiscal period 2014-2015, there was a 0.83% decrease in serious crimes that in 2014/2015 as compared to the previous year.
A significant decrease in court summary matters-10%- was also recorded.