C.O.P vows no political interference in force

Commissioner of Police (C.O.P), Severin Moncherry, has vowed that there will be no political interference in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Moncherry made the comments in the presence of National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis.

The C.O.P, Francis and senior police officers met today with police officers from the North of the Island.

police-meetingThe meeting was held at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School.

Moncherry declared, to applause from the gathering, that there would be no political interference in the force from Francis or any other minister.

In a subsequent interview with the Times, the Police Chief categorically denied reports that Francis,a former Deputy Police Commissioner, was attempting to influence decisions in the RSLPF.

The Minister himself recently denied the reports.

Moncherry told the Times that he has a good relationship with the Minister based on mutual respect.

He recalled that the two of them had worked together when Francis was a member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

There have been reports that Francis was attempting to micromanage the RSLPF, behaving as though he is the Police Commissioner.

Sources have asserted that the Minister has been attempting to influence promotions.