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.