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?