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Dominica security minister calls for tougher action against drug dealers

Monday, April 09, 2018

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ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — A five day workshop for border security officers in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) began here Monday with National Security Minister of Dominica Rayburn Blackmoore urging that more action be taken by law enforcement agencies to deal with drug dealers and other criminals.

“We have to hurt those bandits and criminals especially those who trafficking cocaine and illegal firearms and we have to also understand what is happening today of which I am very much concerned about is the cross-fertilisation of crimes persons who are actually engaged in cocaine trafficking are the very same ones who are engaged in the transportation of illegal firearms,” Blackmnoore told delegates.

The Trinidad-based CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) in collaboration with the Dominica Police Force and the Ministry of National Security are hosting the training workshop for the border security officers at the national level.

Blackmoore told the ceremony that the Dominica government is committed in ensuring that border security personnel are equipped with the necessary tools of trade “to combat and mitigate against the illicit activities.

“Ladies and gentlemen, let me remind you the border is a link to a quantum of activities that threaten the national and regional interests. In response therefore, you as agents of our borders must lead a collective effort that will apply multi-directional pressure on those criminals and bandits seeking to conduct illicit activities”.

Blackmoore said that the criminals must be made to understand that the collaboration between security agencies has facilitated the “timely exchange of information and intelligence.
He urged law enforcement agencies to improve in securing convictions on individuals who bring in illegal items into the country, adding “at the court level we need to do better in securing convictions, it means therefore while it is important for you to properly interrogate people it is also equally important or even more important in the preparation of the case file”.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police, Richmond Valentine, who said the workshop was timely, noted “it is imperative that border security officers are equipped with the required knowledge and skills to prevent or detect actions by individuals which have the potential to threaten national security.”

He said that the advancement in technology provides for the use of different systems or protocols that will enhance a country's ability to secure its borders acknowledging that criminals were continuously examining the various security measures in place with the sole intention to manipulate them for personal gain.

“There must be continued surveillance and high level of alertness by law enforcement officers so that suspicious persons or activity can be detected very early to allow for timely intervention,” said Valentine.

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