New standing orders for police promotions

New standing orders for police promotions

Police officers now have new regulations for promotions within the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

Parliament has placed authority with the commissioner of police to prepare Standing Orders to govern the matter of promotions, which will now include examinations for police officers.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, who has direct responsibility for social security, said the inclusion of examinations will help determine the true merit of promotions by individual officers.

“This is an important step forward and I am very happy too that police officers are accepting the idea of examinations, which was the intention initially but didn’t go down very well, so I am happy that we are returning to that system, because in my view, you have to apply both rules of objectivity and subjectivity in matters of promotions; subjectivity meaning your assessment of the management skills of the individuals, and objectivity meaning, of course the criteria of examinations so that performance in the written word can matter,” he said.

Applications for promotions will be assessed by a special committee appointed in accordance with the Standing Orders set by the police commissioner.

Prime Minister Anthony said the new system of promotions will ensure that citizens and visitors alike benefit from better policing.

“The work of the police is becoming more and more complex.   The public is demanding more and the public needs to feel the comfort that when a police officer wears a stripe, whether sergeant or corporal, that individual has satisfied certain criteria to earn that kind of promotion; so this is certainly a welcomed development,” he added.

The new law governing promotions of police officers was enacted in Parliament on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

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  1. It would not make much sense to promote police officers to a higher position and they are not provided with the necessary tools for the job. TO ME it is a must for Police Officers to carry an ID so citizens would know who is communicating with name or could register a name and number picture ID during a situation. I believe at that stage persons would then provide a better response to the police especially when it comes to visiting persons homes and property, questioning and investigations. Also the public should be educated as to the type of questions that they should have to ask when they are visited or approached by a police officer, what behaviour they should not accept from a police officer, and when they should have a lawyer to represent them when they are arrested or charged, immediately or after arriving at the station.


    • Guess what all what you have highlighted are already in existence. However I don't see why the public should be educated to ask the police officer or anyone for that matter who comes to their home how to ask questions. Should they be taught how to ask " Officer can you show me the warrant or can you show me your police barge or ID? Mmmmmmm in the case of being arrested the arresting officer do read the detainee his or her rights. That also include informing them of their right to an attorney/lawyer. Hope I cleared the air on that.


    • Determinati,
      It goes both ways. St. Lucia is NOT the US where your lawyer will meet you at the Police Station when you are brought there. Some things which happens fast in the US will not happen in St. Lucia. Stop trying to mold St. Lucia like the US. A Police Officer in uniform has his/her name & number on their uniform. Or ask it to them, they MUST give it to you when asked. When I regular clothes, the Officer, when asked, still HAS to give his/her name & number, whether they like it or not.


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