Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has declared that there is very little he can do about what has become known here as the IMPACS matter.
However Moncherry asserted that what is within his power to do is to continue to meet with members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), especially those who took part in the operation.
He indicated that the meetings are to reassure them and provide them with the “greatest level of support” within the boundaries of the law to ensure that they keep going and assure them that justice will be served.
“A man is innocent until proven guilty,” Moncherry said.
“I need to give them full support until such time as they are proven guilty or innocent.”
Allegations of extrajudicial killings by the police during an anti-crime initiative dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence, resulted in an investigation by Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), on the invitation of the Saint Lucia government.
The investigation resulted in a damning report against the police officers who took part in the operation.
The United Workers Party (UWP) promised to announce the terms of reference of an independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS case, within one hundred days of coming into office.
Asked about his greatest challenge, the Police Commissioner said it related to resources.
“I say resources not only in the sense of lack of resources – although lack of resources is an area that is a challenge, but in other instances it is lack of proper resource management,” Moncherry explained.
He disclosed that the area of proper resource management is one on which he will be focusing.
Moncherry said that an assessment will be carried out to determine what is available in the force and what is needed.
The Police Commissioner made the remarks on Sunday during the MBC Television programme – Police Insight.