At 12pm on Tuesday Security Minister Victor Philip La Corbiniere was in an emergency meeting with the hierarchy of the Saint Lucia Police Force. The press was summoned to the meeting by the public relations of the force then subsequently told upon arrival that their presence was not welcome.
Reports were that the meeting had to do with the appointment of Ausbert Regis as Special Advisor on Security in the prime minister’s office and the fact that several top ranking police officers including Vernon Francois was still acting in his post.
Speaking with the media at Police headquarters the Security Minister confirmed that Ausbert Regis had been made Special Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office. Regis sued the United Workers Party government two years ago over his transfer to another department. In a judgment released just before the 2011 general elections it was ordered that Regis be reinstated as police commissioner. The new government had yet to reinstate Regis and instead had continued to extend Vernon Francois time as acting commissioner.
More on this story in Saturday’s STAR.