Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has been responding to claims of political interference in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), prompted by the appointment of Milton Desir as Police Commissioner.
Desir succeeds Severin Moncherry.
“I don’t know where these allegations of political interference are coming from,” Chastanet said.
Chastanet told reporters on Tuesday that he gets on very well with both Severin Moncherry and Milton Desir.
Moncherry retires in April.
But he has been appointed Special Advisor to the PM on security matters effective February 15, 2021.
Desir will serve as top cop for two years.
“At the end of the day I have made a commitment to the people of Saint Lucia in terms of strengthening security,” the PM explained.
According to Chastanet, this country has come a long way.
However, he disclosed that there’s still a long way to go.
In this regard, the PM noted that the new police headquarters still has to break ground.
“NIPRO has agreed to the terms of that facility – the new cameras are in place, the strengthening of the forensic lab, the DNA facility is now up and operating,” he stated.
Chastanet also mentioned the proposed border control agency and new promotions which have taken place.
As a result, he observed that a holistic change is occurring in the RSLPF.
“This is not to say that I have just isolated one situation in the police force,” Chastanet told reporters.
He also rejected suggestions that appointing Moncherry as Security Advisor would merely duplicate efforts.
“We are bringing him in specifically to help us in putting together a new structure for the police force,” Chastanet explained.
He expressed the view that Moncherry’s experience puts him in a good position to do that.
Headline photo:(L to R) Severin Moncherry, Milton Desir & Prime Minister Allen Chastanet