Deputy Police Commissioner Milton Desir has indicated that he will be serving another two years in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
“I have gotten a letter indicating that Cabinet had approved my staying in the force for an additional two years,” Desir told reporters Tuesday.
He made mention of a cabinet conclusion in 2015 which allows the cabinet to approve public servants serving beyond the age of 55.
Desir will be 55 in December.
Earlier this month he proceeded on preretirement leave but was summoned back on the job.
Desir expressed the view that his recall was linked to his performance on the job.
“I think what may have attributed to this is as a result of my performance. You will not bring somebody who has not performed back into the force,” he told reporters.
Desir’s recall has raised questions about the effectiveness of the succession plan in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The veteran police officer acted as Police Chief for some eight months during the period when Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry was on vacation leave.
Reporters asked Desir to comment on remarks made by National Security Minister Hermangild Francis, that were interpreted to mean that he (Desir) did an excellent job and Moncherry would have some big shoes to fill.
Desir asserted that he will assist the executive of the RSLPF and Moncherry in achieving the goals of the organisation.
He declared that he would give Moncherry 100 percent support.
Desir said he was called back to assist with some work in the RSLPF.
The Deputy Police Commissioner explained that he is still ‘energised’ to continue doing the work he has been doing to ensure that Saint Lucia is safe.
Asked whether he had any concerns about persons looking to move up through the ranks and being stifled, Desir told reporters that in any organisation there are persons who are motivated to work and others who are not.
“You will have persons with skills and persons without skills. You will have persons with the training but they are not performing. What you need is performance,” he declared.
“Somebody may feel they deserve to be up there but what about their performance?”