Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander, has been speaking out on the issue of acting appointments.
Alexander told the closing ceremony today of a course for senior constables that some seventy-five percent of the Police Commissioners in the Caribbean have been acting for over two years.
“I don’t know why,” the Acting Police Chief declared.
“That sends a bad signal to the men that work under you because they need to have a certain level of confidence in your leadership,” Alexander asserted.
He told senior constables that once subordinates realize that leadership is stable, they become accustomed to it and can look to their leadership to provide a level of guidance.
Alexander’s acting appointment ends on March 31, 2016.
During his tenure as Acting Police Chief, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) reported a general decrease in crime between January 1 and November 30, 2015, including a 13 percent drop in homicides.
Alexander was reported to be one of two front runners in the race to become Saint Lucia’s next Police Commissioner after the post was advertised.
However the process was abruptly stopped late last year amid reports that a senior police officer had challenged it in court.
All applications were rejected and informed sources had told the Times that the post would have been re-advertised.