Will Fran­cois Re­turn To The Hill?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ver­non Fran­cois went on leave two weeks be­fore the prime min­is­ter’s ad­dress on the clas­si­fied IMPACS re­port. The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice has since sought to clear the smoke that quickly gath­ered over the va­ca­tion an­nounce­ment; said a spokesper­son on the mat­ter: “The com­mis­sioner was due leave and you can well imag­ine that com­ing out of a hec­tic Christ­mas sea­son, fol­lowed by a busy In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tion, that he would be tired. Af­ter all, he is hu­man. So he would re­quire some rest ahead of Jazz and Car­ni­val.”

How­ever, well-placed sources have in­formed the STAR that the Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has been prod­ded into mak­ing some changes to the po­lice struc­ture.

Dur­ing his ad­dress to the na­tion on March 8, the prime min­is­ter had said “Mr. Er­rol Alexander will con­tinue to act as Com­mis­sioner” while Fran­cois re­mained on leave.

Soon af­ter­ward the po­lice press re­la­tions of­fice an­nounced “Mr. Alexander has been el­e­vated to the rank of Act­ing Com­mis­sioner of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force. He re­ceived a let­ter from Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion stat­ing that it was ef­fec­tive from 9th March, 2015.”

Is it any won­der the prime min­is­ter’s ad­dress con­tin­ues to fuel un­set­tling ru­mours and dis­trust?

Ch­ester­field House, lo­cated at Up­per Bridge Street, where the Po­lice top

com­mand is housed.

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