Government Reviewing Appointment Requirements In The Protective Services

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The Saint Lucia government is reviewing the requirements for appointing people in the protective services.

The disclosure came on Thursday from Public Service Minister Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte.

Albert-Poyotte was answering a question from reporters regarding succession planning in the Saint Lucia Fire Service where Fire Chief Joseph Joseph has proceeded on pre-retirement leave.

She said before his departure, Joseph had expressed confidence that he had a line-up of officers to replace him.

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The Babonneau MP said the position would be advertised and the best person would get the job.

She also explained that George Victorin, currently the Acting Fire Chief, is due to retire next year.

And when  the issue of department appointments without ‘due process’ was raised, the Minister spoke of the review.

“What we have seen as a deficiency is one where persons employed in the protective services were equated to persons in the general public service,” Albert-Poyotte, whose responsibilities include Home Affairs and Labour, told reporters.

But the Minister said the government feels that people in the protective services require special skills.

“We have to place greater emphasis on skills, performance, and experience rather than just certification. A master’s (degree) in something or a doctorate or a first degree – that’s the certification,” she noted.

“But when it comes to practice and having the skills we have to put greater emphasis in that area and not if you have a master’s you move up the ranks,” she said.

Headline photo: Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte (Stock image)

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  1. Amen Amen Amen cause alot of people have degree in this and that in other places and they dont know their father head in how to do the work but the littl person that has been there for long and has all the experience and knowledge is not given a chance because he dont have a degree.

  2. Recently she putted mechanism in place to fight crime. No updates on that yet, oh no I forgot thats top secret. Now she is reviewing the protective services. All talk and no action. Las pale evek koumanse twavay.

  3. He said before his departure, Joseph had expressed confidence that he had a line-up of officers to replace him.

    Folks i agree you wanted change you voted for this administration unfortunately you still keep on placing your bets on the only donkey competing in the horse race not sure we are going to win any time soon

  4. Virginia Poyotte what is happening with the Labour Tribunal? I understood when your party came in, your administration dismissed the board members and no one has replaced them. Is this true? What are you telling the people who are victimized by their employers that are waiting for justice and their severance.

  5. Madame Minister it seems you just come down. When you finish reviewing let me know what’s happening. I will guarantee you one thing after your 5 year stint we will be same as today. Get real, stop the talking and show action Ma’am. Police Force is worse you jumping on Fire Service. Show your worth and make a difference


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