National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, questioned by reporters today on the likelihood of current Director of Corrections, Vern Guard, being appointed as the next top Cop, has refused to be drawn on the issue.
“That is purely a matter for the Public Service,” La Corbiniere said when pressed on the issue which first appeared in the Times.
Well informed sources had told the Times that the race to become Saint Lucia’s next Police Commissioner has been narrowed down to Guard, who is a former Inspector of Police, and current Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander.
Alexander’s acting appointment comes to an end on March 31 next year.
According to Times sources, several senior police officers who applied for the post of Commissioner are now out of the race.
The sources have suggested that Guard, who they claim has the support of the political directorate, is most likely to succeed Vernon Francois as the head of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
Francois opted for early retirement after several times being instructed by the government to continue on vacation leave.