A retired Police Superintendent has been contracted by government as a “consultant” on community policing.
Acting Police Chief Lincoln Corbette disclosed that retired police Superintendent Ainsworth Irish has been granted a contract by the government to do consultancy work on community policing.
“I don’t have any details on the contract but we eagerly await his starting…I also wish to add that we have appointed ASP Claude Weekes as the new coordinator on community policing. He replaces Inspector Pellam Jno Baptiste who is now at the Dominica Air & Sea Port Authority (DASPA) as head of security,” Corbette remarked.
ASP Weekes he said has consented, and he expressed confidence that he (ASP Weekes) will do an excellent job given his experience and also Irish.
He disclosed that for 2021, the issue of crime will be top on the agenda of the force. “As I said before, we don’t have an increase in crime but we want to see fewer crimes in the country so that is very important to us,” Corbette stated.
Corbette says that while the death of Corporal Ryan Shillingford and Constable Philbert Williams has been difficult and trying for the rank and file members of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF) they have gone through worse than that before and know how to cope.
Constable Williams was laid to rest last week after a military funeral in his home town of Portsmouth while Corporal Shillingford who died in Martinique is expected to be laid to rest on January 29, 2021, at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery after funeral service with full military honours.
“We are saddened by the death of the two officers but we are copping and doing quite well,” he said.