Dear Editor: The front page news of “The Weekend Voice” dated 13th Feb 2016 informs of the retirement of the acting commissioner of the police, Enrol Alexander’s retirement in April.
I think Mr Alexander should be commended for a job well done.
His acting appointment came at a time when if one had to go by what was stated in the media by political figures and others, the Force was demoralised etc.
The Force was deprived of the US training which came as a matter of course previously. It was unable to source arms and ammunition from its regular supplier.
Its marine unit was left adrift as a result of the US sanctions under the Leahy law.
But in all of this negativity real and perceived, the acting commissioner was able to keep his men focused. Undeterred by the naysayers and without much fanfare, was able to achieve some measure of success. Lowest number of homicides in five years, decreases in other areas and an increase in the rate of detection are encouraging.
Of course this could not have been done without the support of his officers. Such support usually comes when one commands (not demand) the respect of one’s officers who have confidence in his leadership.
Godspeed to you Mr Alexander and may you have a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement with your family.
Victor E Girard
Former Permanent Secretary
P.S. Don’t you think it is about time the name of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force be changed to Royal Saint Lucia Police Service?