Vernon Francois speaks on politics and the police

Former Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois, has asserted that direct interference by politicians in the operations of police forces is a challenge that law enforcers may have to confront on the national level.

Francois was addressing the opening session Wednesday of the intercessional meeting of the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA).

The theme of the session at the Palm Haven hotel was:‘ How can the CFPWA overcome the challenges of political divisiveness.’

According to Francois, a level of political involvement with the police is acceptable, as politicians are invariably answerable to the electorate.

“The problem, in my view, is when this involvement reflects in areas of obvious interference, such as who the Commissioner should promote and who he should transfer,” the former top cop declared.

He explained that what is required to surmount this challenge is a clear definition and understanding of roles.

“The minister must understand that his role is to provide policy direction for the Ministry, which includes the police, whilst the role of the Commissioner is to operationalise the policy,” Francois told his audience, which included National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis.

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He expressed the view that open and frank lines of communication may also go a long way in dealing with the area of role conflict.

“In a practical sense, the Minister would be responsible for obtaining funding for the resources needed by the police and the role of the commissioner is to ensure that the resources allocated are efficiently utilised,” the former police chief observed.



  1. Patriotic
    November 8, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Wise words Vernon, wise words indeed. Interference and the associated nepotism by the political directorate has, over the years, emasculated the civil service, the Police Force and the statutory bodies. Agencies like the Public and Teaching Service Commissions were supposed to insulate public servants from political mischief but, alas, the Commissions have become instruments of political victimization. Look how they transfer the Chief Education Officer for speaking the truth about the budget allocation for the repair of schools. The corruption runs deep and one day the enforcers of political policies which are inimical to national welfare will have to answer for this wickedness.

  2. Anonymous
    November 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Francois was there , he divided the organisation and now u coming to talk about policy , when u in it’s one thing ,and being out is on other , how many hard working police officers u left and never promote them they risk their lives to make people like u and others look good , now as a reject u want to talk about promotion and role to be played .boy rest ur self .