The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is in mourning following the death of Superintendent Burton Deterville, who was head of the Special Branch.
Deterville died Thursday at the OKEU Hospital, where he was taken after complaining of feeling unwell.
The veteran officer was 51.
He served in the police force for some three decades.
Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre described the senior police officer as a hardworking, professional policeman who served his country with dignity.
Pierre, responsible for National Security, expressed his sincerest condolences to the deceased’s family and members of the RSLPF.
The Department of Home Affairs and the National Task Force for the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons also extended heartfelt condolences to the RSLPF on Deterville’s death.
The Department recalled that he actively participated in a National Task Force meeting.
“He will be remembered for his dedication to duty, his wit, intellect and pleasant disposition. May his family members find comfort in the fondest of memories shared with him during this time of sadness,” a Department statement said.
For its part, the political advocacy group UnitedPac expressed its heartfelt sympathies to the RSLPF for the unexpected loss of Burton Deterville.
“We also express our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. May he find eternal rest in perfect peace,” UnitedPac said.