Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said his government will not allow lawlessness in the country and called on the police to carry out its mandate as described in the law.
Mr. Skerrit made this statement while at an event at Mahaut on Thursday 30 August 2018.
There has been a recent increase in gun violence on the island. For the month of August there has been five shooting incidents, all which seem unrelated. Four of them have resulted in the death of those shot.
“I give you the assurance that this government will not allow and tolerate any such activities in Dominica, we will be firm and resolute in ensuring that we wipe out this lawlessness that is permeating our society.”
Mr. Skerrit said this however requires an active role by all citizens and residents of the island as well as crime and violence are social issues.
“Therefore it requires the whole society to play its part in bringing a sense of peace and tranquility in our country but the government is committed to this.”
Meanwhile he said the police must carry out its functions and duties as described under the laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
“We’ve made it clear to the police that it must carry out its mandate and to ensure that we can bring a sense of peace of mind to every citizen and resident in Dominica.”
He said the police have been provided will all the necessary resources to carry out these functions adding, “As Minister of Finance I am committed, once the Chief says to me he needs this I shall provide it to him to ensure he has all the resources he require to carry out his mandate.”
The Prime Minister also called on citizens to allow the police to carry out these duties.
“The police is doing a check of vehicle and all of us get upset because we’re stuck in traffic…and so we need to allow the police to carry out its duties. The police is not above the law so it must carry out its duties within the confines of the constitution of Dominica but we must allow it to do its work.”
Mr. Skerrit added that a clear message must also be sent to persons involved in illegal drugs.
“You must cease and desist from engaging yourself in these illegal activities because where there is drugs there will be guns and where there is drugs there will be violence and killing.”