Twenty-eight men completed the 34th Recruits Course of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.
The recruits underwent a compact four months of training which began on July 1st. They were led by Chief Instructor, Inspector Anthony Lawrence who was serving in this role for the first time.
He assures that the new officers were not spared from the realities of a life of service describing 17-hour days of multi-disciplinary training.
He also charged them to maintain human rights while discharging their duties.
The Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed that he plans to meet with the police force to discuss their concerns.
He specifically spoke of salaries for which some officers publicly protested in December.
“We know that there are issues relating to salaries…The route to address the issue of remuneration for the police force is a reclassification exercise. This will, in a systematic manner, address the issue. I intend to meet with the police welfare and the membership if the police force,” he said.
Hon Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore, pledged Government’s commitment to providing the resources required for the force’s best performance including new police barracks.
“Emphasis will be placed on our conditions of work. I want to give you the assurance that we are serious about constructing new quarters in Roseau adjacent to the current headquarters to house a minimum of 200 police officers,” Minister Blackmoore said.
“The plan is in advanced stage and the Prime Minister is spearheading that project. I’m certain that in due time you will see the realisation of this very important undertaking.”