National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, has told reporters that until the government issues a formal statement with regard to Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois, reports about the top cop’s retirement are mere speculation.
“Clearly the government will issue a statement in time,” the National Security Minister told reporters outside the House of Assembly before a meeting of the Senate today.
The Police Commissioner was expected to return to work today after several times being instructed to continue on vacation leave.
Asked about whether the Police Chief had returned to work today, La Corbiniere’s response was : “You should tell me, I don’t think he has.”
The Times understands that Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, is currently at the helm of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, since Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander, is currently away on official duties and is due back home on September 27, 2015.
La Corbiniere said it was not unusual for people to act in a position.
“I was away from office for three weeks leave and the Prime Minister took on the responsibilities of my Ministry so that is not an unusual thing to happen in terms of the management of an organization,” the National Security Minister asserted.
In response to a question of whether Francois was on his way out, La Corbiniere said the query was an attempt to preempt what is going to take place.
“At the appropriate time, the appropriate information will be given,” he declared.