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    As we always seem to follow various tourist tragedies...
    it begs the question of the role of the country’s police.

    Some of us have been talking off the record about this.... not on DR1

    Whether lost, hurt, falling off balconies , robbed...
    There is a variety of tourist related incidents.... some casual, some severe

    Recently, there was some carping about the police not doing enough...being incapable... etc
    in a search for missing persons.

    My question is... what priority should these tourist accidents be given?

    Is it the country’s police job to help drunks, wanderers, and such find their way?
    Much of the problem is self inflicted by the tourists themselves.
    Balcony drunks, driving drunks....whose responsibility is it to police them?

    Personally, as a former resident and now citizen, I would prefer to see them serve and protect the country rather than the visitors.
    Maybe the advice we all scorn.... DON’T LEAVE THE COMPOUND.... is actually good advice.

    Rep Dom has enough internal issues without caring for the casual visitor who seemingly breaks all the rules consistently.....
    The costs much be huge for a force that hasn’t enough money to begin with.

    When these visitors are harmed by locals.... OK... have at it.
    Catch the perpetrators and punish them.

    But the self inflicted stupidity seems to be the more common problem.

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    The problem could be that "self inflicted stupidity" isn't ascertainable until the matter of a disappearance has been resolved, it is known that the person was drunk when they plunged or were pushed off a balcony or slammed their head into a roadside sign while leaning half naked out a speeding car window...

    The last one should be a pretty easy deduction.

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    I can hear the screams now, if it was a relative you would want a full investigation........... Thing is who is supposed to foot the bill for this? Should they add a $50 surcharge to every tourist airline ticket price to provide funding for such investigations. Whoa the screams then...........

    No doubt la rep dom will use up more manpower and finances investigating tourists tragedies than they will do for their own citizens.

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    Policing makes up part of the obligatory public costs of being a country. I have a suspicion that the police in this country are kept "dumbed down" by design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    As we always seem to follow various tourist tragedies...
    it begs the question of the role of the country’s police.

    Some of us have been talking off the record about this.... not on DR1

    Whether lost, hurt, falling off balconies , robbed...
    There is a variety of tourist related incidents.... some casual, some severe

    Recently, there was some carping about the police not doing enough...being incapable... etc
    in a search for missing persons.

    My question is... what priority should these tourist accidents be given?

    Is it the country’s police job to help drunks, wanderers, and such find their way?
    Much of the problem is self inflicted by the tourists themselves.
    Balcony drunks, driving drunks....whose responsibility is it to police them?

    Personally, as a former resident and now citizen, I would prefer to see them serve and protect the country rather than the visitors.
    Maybe the advice we all scorn.... DON’T LEAVE THE COMPOUND.... is actually good advice.

    Rep Dom has enough internal issues without caring for the casual visitor who seemingly breaks all the rules consistently.....
    The costs much be huge for a force that hasn’t enough money to begin with.

    When these visitors are harmed by locals.... OK... have at it.
    Catch the perpetrators and punish them.

    But the self inflicted stupidity seems to be the more common problem.
    Odd point WW...Should Dominican Police help drunk Dominican...Isn't self inflicted if anything happen ?

    Not convinced that most of the problem are self inflicted. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, I feel like very few bad things happen to tourists.

    Nothing ever happened to me while in DR, but if God forbids something happens, I DO hope the police would help me if in need even though I am not DR citizen, nor resident.

    Tourism is one of DR biggest export, so they have to find a way to protect their visitors, image is everything.

    Many residents started as tourists you know.

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    I understand the points...

    But tourists might consume an inordinate amount of time and money.

    Should they be privileged ??

    First things first... citizens/residents... then tourists

    They are well housed and cared for in their chosen locations...

    Yes, the police are helpful to all.... I have found.
    But careless activities by visitors should be treated as such... perhaps

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    The tourist police can do nothing about tourist idiocy.

    Nor should they be responsible whan an idiot does something, like these two apparantly did, in some random part of the country.

    These two are not the first to go "missing."

    I'm not sure we can cast legitimate shade on the tourist seciruty infrastructure based on what these two did.

    It is sad, indeed, for their lives to end as they did, in a foreign country.

    But no way any tourist security force can be Momma Duck to 7,000,000 tourists.

    And certainly you can't police idiots. But Darwin can.
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    PN here are always willing to help touri$t.

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    As of now
    The FBI have commandeered the local police to do their bidding.... as I read it.

    Where is their embassy in all this ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    PN here are always willing to help touri$t.
    I may be in the minority here, but I've always found the PN to be somewhat helpful when I needed them, and when I didn't it only cost a bottle of Gatorade.
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