Former top Cop welcomes new Minister

Former top Cop welcomes new Minister

Former top Cop, Cuthbert Phillips, has welcomed the appointment of Hermangild Francis as Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security.

“I am very happy that Mr.Francis has been appointed the minister,” Phillips said.

He recalled having known Francis for all his police life.

“When it comes to policing and what the police require today, I think it is  a good choice,” Phillips said.

He described Hermangild Francis as someone who knows the force “inside out”.

Phillips noted that Francis was attached to the regional police training school in Barbados.

He observed that he may have trained a number of local officers who are currently serving.

Phillips asserted that the former Deputy Police Commissioner always wanted to see a highly disciplined Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

“I am sure that he will see to it that the Commissioner raises the bar as far as discipline is concerned,” he declared.

Nevertheless, Phillips said that the new minister should avoid giving the impression that he is the Commissioner of Police.

“Too often you find sometimes politicians, especially these days, want to more or less directly or indirectly do the job of the Commissioner of Police and that should not be,” he observed.

Phillips noted that the law tells the Police Chief to whom he should report and what he should do.

He  did not think  that there is any organization which has as many reports compiled about it like the RSLPF.

Phillips said he would advise that the new minister read all the reports.

He believes  that a key issue relates to the image and the public relations of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Phillips quoted from a report  in his possession.

He declared  that it said that of particular concern to the government and the RSLPF, are the poor public image of the police force and the corresponding loss of confidence in its abilities.

The former top Cop expressed the view that the situation still exists, although the report from which he was quoting was old.

Continuing to quote from the report, he cited the reasons for the loss of confidence in the RSLPF as being allegations of corruption, brutality, arrogance and inadequate performance.

Phillips disclosed that the report indicated that changing the public’s negative view of the police would be difficult in the short term, unless the improvements are made known to the organization.

“It is in this aspect that positive publicity and a clear media strategy will be essential,” the former Police Chief quoted the report as saying.

He added that that the document advised on the appointment of a Police Public Relations Officer to coordinate all media related activity of the force.

He said that the public must see that the Police Complaints Unit is functioning.

The former top Cop also asserted that members of the public must know what action has been taken against errant members of the RSLPF.

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Phillips forgot that he had served time at the prisons.

    1. Watch Ya Bread
      June 17, 2016 at 9:30 am Reply

      And your point is??

    2. MAKAC kENNEY
      June 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Big Deal!!!!. Really idiotic comment. Spending time in prison does not debar one from making sensible contributions. So what, he did the crime he did the time and paid his dues. He is a productive member of the society. He also has experience on the subject for which he chose to make his contribution. What’s your contribution?

    3. Anonymous
      June 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm Reply

      Whats you point again. Does that make him less human or a citizen.

  2. The Observer
    June 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    Well said Sir.

    Hope you give some tips to the new Minister in the interest and development of our country.

    Thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm Reply

    while the former top cop might be right to endorse Francis, i am of a view that Francis should not have been selected as he may have his people in the force as well as those who do not like him that much. This alone will bring further division in the police force that is already fragile. This is why i especially like the fact that the former cop Phillip forewarn Francis to know his role and try not to be the Police commissioner

  4. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Chuups tan

  5. MAKAC kENNEY
    June 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Let the games begin. Francis does have his detractors, but he also has those who have an appreciation for him. However, this isn’t about Francis, not about who likes or dislikes him. This is about repairing a broken wheel, which deteriorated over time without any service maintenance. Is he up to the task, does he have the answers? Only time will tell. He is not there to run the force, and need not do as the well educated idiot Velon John who did not know his Role, nor like that so Call Lawyer La Corbiniere a total disgrace, nor like the other clueless one Guy Myers. No, he should understand his role as a Policy maker, facilitator, and enabler and allow the day to day running to the Commissioner. I do believe no one understands this as well as he does having being in the service and seeing the disservice rendered to the force when Policy makers circumvent protocol and thus undermine the Office of the Commissioner by trying to do his job and or meddle in the day to day running of the force. I do hope in the short term that the Law is changed so as to reflect something he advocated before the elections, that being the Commissioner of Police being subjected to the scrutiny of Parliament before being appointed and Parliament vote on the appointment before the Prime Minster can make recommendations for his formal appointment. I will go a step further, at the end of each year the Commissioner should be called to account to Parliament and the people for his tenure during the year and lay before Parliament a report detailing what the Force has accomplished, what were the high points and short comings of the Force for the year in review, where he projects the Force to be in the coming year, and how he intends to tackle identified problems. I also believe the Prime Minister should not have the responsibility of recommending the dismissal of the commissioner, but that a select committee of the house comprising members of all parties represented in the house should review any such recommendations and then it be sent to the public service commission. This should include a hearing before the select committee giving the Commissioner an opportunity to defend himself before the nation and the people’s representative.

  6. Justice
    June 18, 2016 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Yes one man Mr. FrAncis will do an exceedingly better job than the two men who were there. A failed and arrogant La Corbiniere and his sleepy and silent consultant Ausbert Regis.
    That is why crime was fast becoming a new industry in st. Lucia.

  7. Ladi
    July 17, 2016 at 10:44 pm Reply

    I see that former top Cop, Cuthbert Phillips is still very involved in St. Lucia’s police affairs and has a lot to say about Home Affairs, Justice and National Security. However, there is no mention of the young man he murdered as a civilian back in 1990, on Pigeon Point Beach. Nothing has never come of Phillips murdering an innocent person who had not done anything or committed any crimes. Life has continued as normal for Phillips, as the family of this young man was left to grieve his death all those years ago. I see you have moved on Phillips, but your actions are not forgotten.

  8. Ladi
    July 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Cuthbert Phillips is still very involved in St. Lucia’s police affairs and has a lot to say about Home Affairs, Justice and National Security. However, there is no mention of the young man he murdered as a civilian back in 1990, on Pigeon Point Beach. Nothing has never come of Phillips murdering an innocent person who had not done anything or committed any crimes. Life has continued as normal for Phillips, as the family of this young man was left to grieve his death all those years ago. I see you have moved on Phillips, but your actions are not forgotten.

  9. Ladi
    July 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Cuthbert Phillips is still very involved in St. Lucia’s police affairs and has a lot to say about Home Affairs, Justice and National Security. But, there has never been any focus on the murder he committed back in 1990. He has obviously moved on with his life but his actions are not forgotten.

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