‘There Will Be A New Acting Commissioner of Police’ – Desir’s Contract Ends In December

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre told reporters on the sidelines of a Cabinet meeting on Monday that Police Commissioner Milton Desir’s contract finishes at year-end.

“The Commissioner of Police – his contract is finishing in December. There will be a new Acting Commissioner of Police,” Pierre disclosed, without going into detail.

The Prime Minister, responsible for National Security, made the remarks while responding to a question regarding a shake-up in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

‘No,’ was his response.

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Asked about renewing Desir’s contract, Pierre merely repeated that the Commissioner’s contract ends in December.

Pressed on the matter, the Prime Minister again said the Commissioner’s contract ends in December.

Milton Desir has spent some 35 years in the force.

In September 2020, he had proceeded on pre-retirement leave after serving as Deputy Commissioner.

But he was recalled to duty as Deputy Commissioner and subsequently appointed head of the force in February 2021, succeeding Severin Moncherry.

But with a continued spike in gun violence, his effectiveness at the head of the RSLPF has been called into question.

So far this year, Saint Lucia has recorded 43 homicides.

In February this year, Prime Minister Pierre held an emergency meeting with police top brass.

The emergency meeting followed four 4 reported homicides and gun violence in one weekend.

At the gathering, Pierre committed to providing the police with the resources and training opportunities they need to fight crime.

However, he also challenged the executive officers to employ innovative strategies, professionalism, and proactiveness in their work.

 

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Trust me, Charlery will never get that post, not over Claudius’ dead body.
    I was pleased to hear a reporter ask whether there will be a shake up in the force and Pierre’s response was priceless. A big fat round NO.
    Well it’s not News that people in high positions always get away with criminal behavior in St Lucia. Ask our Speaker and the Blue Wave, don’t forget the Pitbull.

  2. For this crimes to stop we need serious or should I say the serious police officers back on patrol teams, searching, executing warrants, assisting other units both day and night and watch the crime rate fall. There are true police officers on standby waiting for the go ahead call. Smh

  3. From what I can recall there were two 2 deputy (1 male; 1 female) and 1 Assistant commissioner who I believe is Wayne Charlery. So therefore, one of them would be the new acting commissioner unless Philip decides to go outside St Lucia.

  4. Why wait until December ???

    New Acting Commissioner of Police’ should only get three months to prove himself if he fails well too bad… next one . Things are crucial we cannot afford to wast time with incompetent people We already have enough in this current administration don’t get me wrong there were some in the pass administration also.

  5. WARNING !! WANING !!!
    Luicans, please do not expect anything new in December. The cancer which is causing the sickness is still around. He will hire a friend for the job. Qualifications, ideas and experience will not be requirement in replacing The commissioner. This has always been a friend who knows a friend who will get the position. Someone who is close to one of the clowns who is government. Watch Pierre’s next move. I am sure he knows who he is going to hire for the positon – Just stay tune. Mem Bet Mem Pwel. Pierre is a lame duck as PM.

    • @SameGuy I agree with you. I need the PM to explain why it is that in some cases the easy answer is you don’t have the requisite experience but we see many persons assuming posts with no experience in the area. How is it that a woman whose last job was as a teacher close to 20 years ago and who has not held a job since…has a very bad attitude and reputation on social where most employers now look to get more insight into prospective employees, can be awarded a diplomatic position representating this country overseas? How again can another one, with a gaping hole in her CV because again has not held a job in over 15 years but by virtue of being a side piece of a high level executive be awarded again a diplomatic post? Why do we demand experience and qualification specific to a position of our young people but these people get a free pass? And we wonder why the level of frustration in this country is so high? These people are worst that any past government sorry to say.

  6. @What have you ever heard the term “We are many, they are few’. That is the power of the masses against tyrannical leaders. I am not saying the Prime Minister is one, but your point of view is wrong. Leaders have fooled people into believing they have no power, but according to Noam Chomsky the masses can take power away from the elite few who run the world once they recognize the power that lie in their voices and their unity. Research the French Revolution my dear. Politicians fool people into believing they only have a voice at the ballot box. But they are so wrong.

  7. @What have you ever heard the term “We are many, they are few’. That is the power of the masses against tyrannical leaders. I am not saying the Prime Minister is one, but your point of view is wrong. Leaders have fooled people into believing they have no power, but according to Noam Chomsky the masses can take power away from the elite few who run the world once they recognize the power that lie in their voices and their unity. Research the French Revolution my dear. Politicians fool people into believing they only have a voice at the ballot box. But they are so wrong.

  8. You hacks, Pierre bashing salt suckers on this thread, need to understand your opinions don’t matter. What is to be will be. We don’t need politics in our security.

  9. When asked will there be a shake up in the force Pierre said “no”. With that being said accused rapist in the force will not be investigated due to “not enough” evidence though there is a good bit of evidence right in front of them, but then again that is the new corrupted St. Lucia we live in and I doubt this new commisioner will be any better being appointed under Pierre administration.

  10. The change of comissioner is not the problem solving of crime,gangs violence,or more.
    A rebelle from birth !
    A noble from birth !
    What has already been from the begining, will always be.

  11. On a different note, but one still related to crime, what about the receipts on the Juffali joint account? They cannot be released because the other side has their own damaging receipts? This speaks to the level of corruption and criminality in this country.

  12. Not too free. The Police Commissioner should be the only person issuing licenses for firearms. No government appointed board. That should remain the job of the Police Commissioner, whoever the next one may be.

  13. I really do not appreciate the way the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia answers question. It’s really starting to annoy me. It’s like “I gave you a response and I have nothing more to say to you” even when you ask a different question. This is not in keeping with the “transparency” that they continuously preached about in opposition. And he does this ALL THE TIME!

    • it good cause often times these reporters are troublesome and want to make you answer things in a way you should not have been answering and also twist your answer to make it suit what they want to hear. why you think the former pm and also guy joseph was always in problems with Rehani Isidore?

    • He is definitely the wrong man for the job. The only thing he is good at is providing finance to the force. ‘Tell me what you need and I will see if I can get the finance’ that is the leadership Pierre brings to this position.
      He cannot speak intelligently nor respond intellectually interviews. The way he answers the reporters I have to shake my head.

  14. Mr Commissioner do the right thing in the interest of national security and take an early departure and allow the government a free hand to handle crime.
    Please do the honorable thing.

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