: Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica
, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that the government will adopt a zero-tolerance approach against crime and violent acts. The statement was released by the PM before the carnival celebrations and thereafter.
The government has raised this concern after two updates of violence were reported on the island. According to the update, two Dominican women were killed in domestic violence incidents.
“Dominica has been and continues to be one of the most peaceful and secure countries in the hemisphere, if not the world. It is the sacred function of government
to keep it that way, working in tandem with its people,” PM Skerrit stated.
“Any act of violence, no matter how uncommon in the regional or global context, is an affront to all of us. As a result, as far as this administration is concerned, we will review existing measures and take new steps to ensure total peace and safety,” the PM said.
He stated that as Dominica prepares for the carnival, people may be tempted to commit violent acts during the celebration.
“We will not tolerate any corrupt behaviour. The Dominica Police Force will have zero tolerance for acts of violence related to Carnival events. Where there is a tangible threat to any citizen of our island, any event or band that cannot maintain an atmosphere of peace and civility will be stopped or curtailed. All event organisers are required to ensure that event security is in place and that patrons are safe,” he further added.
Other measures being considered include the confiscation of unlicensed firearms or other weaponry deemed unsafe or dangerous, increased patrols, and random searches of anyone exhibiting suspicious behaviour.
Skerrit stated that while legislation and enforcement are important in response to domestic violence, he also emphasised the importance of community involvement and vigilance in efforts to address the issue.
He urged victims to seek assistance from various state agencies tasked with providing aid and protection. “We will mandate these agencies to raise awareness about their facilities and services in the coming period,” the Prime Minister said.