Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre Tuesday confirmed that Ronald Phillip is acting Police Commissioner, explaining that there was no Officer in Charge of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
“There is no Officer in Charge. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ronald Phillip is the Acting Commissioner,” Pierre, responsible for National Security, disclosed.
The Castries East MP spoke on the margins of a House of Assembly meeting but would not be drawn on the tenure issue.
Asked whether Phillip received an extension, Pierre repeated that he was the Acting Commissioner.
In response to how long, the Prime Minister again said Phillip was the Acting Commissioner.
Pierre’s comments came amid concerns over allegations of sexual harassment in the police force and calls for an independent probe.
One of the most recent calls came from the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA).
Last week, CFPWA President Sean McCall urged Caribbean Police Commissioners to put sexual harassment policies in place within the police departments they head.
McCall disclosed that only a few – ‘three or four’ of the organisation’s sixteen member states have such policies.
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force was not among them.
And the women’s arm of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has promised to mobilise protests by women over the issue of sexual harassment in the RSLPF.