Minister silent on possible Vern Guard appointment as top cop

Minister silent on possible Vern Guard appointment as top cop

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.

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  1. Bolders
    December 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Why should politics determine who is the better candidate to fill such a vital position in the police force? Shouldn’t this be based solely on the merits and qualifications of the prospective candidates? Shouldn’t this be a decision taken without prejudice and with the best interest of the St Lucian people? Unfortunately those of us who have been around long enough understand the reality of these situations in countries like St Lucia where political croonism and nepotism is as prevalent as the coastal sand, where who you know is more important than what you know. Mr Alexander is a principled man whose moral compass and leadership skills would be an obvious asset to the position, nevermind his academic qualifications. However, I have this gnawing sense that he is already an outsider looking in. I hope I am wrong and he is the next top cop.

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