The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force has advised President Charles Savarin that a state of emergency should be declared in Dominica.
This was announced moments ago by Minister for National Security and Justice Rayburn Blackmore at a press briefing. The request has since been accepted and will be implemented from midnight
He added that a curfew will also be in effect in order to protect the citizens and the country.
Deputy Police Commissioner Davidson Valarie added that midnight Wednesday 12 September 2018 to noon Friday 14 September 2018.
This he added is necessary to save life and property and protect people from themselves.
Persons would require a curfew pass, issued at the Police Headquarters by the Chief of Police, to leave their homes and immediate surroundings.
Police officers will be on duty to effect the curfew and “persons who are found in violation of the curfew order will be arrested”, he said.
Superintendent Richmond Valentine added that police officers will be deployed island wide with a number of check point at various locations.
“Stay at your home with your family, in my mind there is no safer place for you to be,” he said, “From midnight tonight we should have no one on the streets walking or driving unless you have a valid curfew pass.”
Curfew passes he said are to enable holders to leave their homes to attend work and back.
All police officers are on duty he added and are ready to serve.
Superintendent Valentine also asked the public to continue to work with the police just as they did for Tropical Storm Beryl.
Curfew passes will be issued fro 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. this evening.