DCOMM increases public awareness through CPOs | THE DAILY HERALD

DCOMM staff meeting with community police officers.

PHILIPSBURG–The Department of Communication DCOMM met recently with community police officers (CPOs) to explore possibilities to communicate better with each other and to provide more accurate and up-to-date information that can be transmitted to the community, said DCOMM Interim Head Maurice Lake.

“It was an informative contact meeting. The objective is to share with CPOs what role DCOMM plays in a disaster situation and to share creative ideas of working together since we are now in the peak of the hurricane season. Getting information out to the public and receiving information from the public is essential during a disaster situation.

“DCOMM as Emergency Support Function ESF-8, once receiving information from the community during a disaster, passes this on to the Emergency Operations Centre [EOC – Ed.] which in turn can delegate resources to a specific area during an emergency situation.

“CPOs play a key role in their respective areas and we want to make sure that everyone is on the same line when it comes to communication.

“I commend the CPOs for their important role that they play in the community and working together with residents,” Lake said.

A list of DCOMM products was shared and re-introduced to CPOs and they were given a breakdown of all the communication and social media tools being used to inform the general public, such as radio, television and print media. These tools also include social media such as Facebook and YouTube, among others.

The community can tune in to SXMGOV Radio 107.9FM and/or visit DCOMM’s sites for official information. Persons can also visit


For more information, persons are asked to contact DCOMM via tel. 1-721-543-1162, or e-mail


Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/90394-dcomm-increases-public-awareness-through-cpos