Police commissioner was not put on leave – Gov’t

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Police commissioner was not put on leave – Gov’t
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois

Contrary to what was reported on a regional online news website, the government of Saint Lucia has refuted claims that Commissioner of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force Vernon Francois has been put on leave.

The government, in a press release also said that there was no intention to replace the commissioner.

“The attention of the government of Saint Lucia has been drawn to a story on the online news site, Caribbean News Now allegedly written by a ‘Caribbean News Now Contributor’. The story, alleges, among other things, that the Commissioner of Police Mr. Vernon Francois, “has been requested to take accumulated vacation leave totaling some 400 days.” It also alleges that “it has been suggested locally” that former Deputy Commissioner, Hermangild Francis “will be brought back on a three year contract,” the government release said.

It continued, “The Government has not requested the commissioner of police to go on leave. On that count, the story is false. While the Government of Saint Lucia cannot dispute that individuals do make insinuations or suggestions from time to time, be it to cause mischief or otherwise, it wishes to make it absolutely clear that there is no intention to replace the Commissioner of Police.”

According to the release the only body with authority to fire or remove the commissioner is the public service commission and such a request was never made by the government.

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  1. Yes!! A press conference so reporters can ask pertinent question and those damn politicians become accountable! Because as we have seen in a number of press releases issued they answer what is comfortable and ignore the other important concerns and issues. Like I am yet to hear what are the cons for st lucia joining ALBA. We have heard the pros over and over again can they tell us the cons or we won't be privy to that information until next party takes office? We are entitled to know all the facts before government "acts in the peoples best interest" again. So tired I tell u of these political games.

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  2. I was happy to hear the commissioner of police say on televised news that a lot of the rumours being spread out there is coming from persons within the RSLPF. Has this revelation only now come to his attention? Or has the issue of the police leaking information to the media including SNO now hit home now that he is the one facing these allegations. There's a saying that "where there is smoke there is a fire;" or is this just another smokescreen. For the sake of our commissioner, I do hope that it is nothing but a smokescreen. But then again the visa revocation of our former housing minister was initially denied. Only time will tell.

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    • First of all SNO never published on its website that the Commissioner was sent on leave. That info was published by a Caribbean news site, not SNO. Just making that clear.

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  3. My minister of finance is the Taiwanese government, my prime minister is Jack Greenberg bloody hell he own all the land around the island, my ministry of justice is the U.S government, cuba will be the ministry of education and health...

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  4. I guess that giving the embassy false information on other persons would be beneficial to who ever did it but what goes around comes around.

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  5. If the Govt. of Saint Lucia would just have a damn Press Conference...to clear up the damn air. All this speculation would be put to rest. What is taking so long to address these Security issues. The Minister for Home Affairs, the PM and the C.O.P. should have a sit down with the media. Put the peoples minds at ease. National Security is serious business!!! Wake up Saint Lucian authorities.

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    • why a press conference when they can just release a statement? nothing everything requires a press conference.

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  6. The PM's press officer is a big fat liar. What we need is some clarification on the issues which are affecting us especially this Greenberg affair

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    • What does this have to do with Grynburg? This event was way before not that am putting for Jadia but it is not right to cast aspersions on people that you have no evidence on them withholding information.

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