SURPRISE? “St Lucia was invited to US military exercise” – police chief

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SURPRISE? “St Lucia was invited to US military exercise” – police chief
Police Chief Vernon Francois
Police Chief Vernon Francois

Police Commissioner Vernon Francois has claimed that the Royal St. Lucia Police Force was invited to take part in the recent US “Trade winds” military exercise, despite having not participated in the event.

Francois told a media conference recently that he has correspondence to prove that the police force was invited and its non-attendance was in no way in relation to a ban.

According to him, the military exercise had some fiscal issues, which needed to be ironed out and it was a last-minute rush to facilitate the training. However, it was widely reported that St. Lucia was excluded from a list of countries that participated in the June 1-10 multi-national military exercise in Antigua.

A statement from the United States Embassy in Barbados did not mention St. Lucia, which hosted the event last year, as taking part in this year’s exercise. The paramilitary training brought together more than 300 law enforcement officers, military personnel and government representatives from the Caribbean. Seventeen partner nations took part in the initiative.

Tradewinds focuses on increasing regional co-operation to counter illicit trafficking and build the capacity of participating nations to plan and execute complex multi-national security operations.

Last year, the United States suspended assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police as a result of allegations of serious human rights violations which occurred between 2010 and 2011.

The allegations included claims of extra-judicial police slayings which the government is currently investigating with the help of a team of police officers from Jamaica.

A senior law enforcement official said the US decision will result in “serious gaps” in the technical and management training given to members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, especially at a time when senior officers are either resigning or retiring. According to the official, those gaps will become evident in the long-term.

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  1. Most of the replies sound racist to me. Where as America now has a black president, you all still hating America. But I am sure you all want some climate change money from the bad old USA.

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  2. The present SLPF. is a real joke.Its a disgrace to listen to some of the officers.It seems that the only way that these Popo can express themselves is by flashing a gun. Shame.

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  3. "Tradewinds focuses on increasing regional co-operation to counter illicit trafficking and build the capacity of participating nations to plan and execute complex multi-national security operations."
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    By excluding St.Lucia, the US is also hurting itself and the other participating nations; after all, a chain (the region) is only as strong as its weakest link.

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  4. So, what happen to the ALBA theorists? Did St. Lucia leave the ALBA clan? Please, educate me.

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  5. history hAS IT THAT THE WHITE FOLKS OFFERS HELP JUST SO THAT ONE BECOMES DEPENDANT ON THEM THEN LATER ON THE COONTROLING COMES IN. EASY TRAP. DOWN WITH THE USA.THEY ARE TRAINING US TO KILL MORE---- THEN WHEN THE POLICE KILL IS NEXT STORY U HEARING .THEY ARE TRAINING US TO KILL EACH OTHER IN SMART

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  6. The source is nothing else but a high level leak in the Force. For too long now the Force have had this fight for leadership and under mind by its senior ranks. When you take a good look at the ones who fight for the top seat, they have nothing to offer. They see no further then the tip of their noses. They think within the box and no outside the box. They need to ask themselves when was the last time one of them came up with new innovative ideas to take the force into the 21st century? The top cop needs to plug that leak before it gets unmanageable.

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  7. Well said john 3:16, the commissioner should tell them massa carry they ass with their training.

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  8. Thats the problem with u neg. For hundreds of years you have the white man divide and conquer you. There is a training exercise in Antigua with one OECSE country excluded. YOu know what should have happened, they all should have boycotted. Antigua has been fighting the US for some rum thing for so long. You know what all the other islands do. Let them fight alone. You'll neg too damn stupid. They too busy feeding on scraps from massa table. That mentality is hundreds of years old, yet they can't overcome.

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  9. Great to know that the US invited the RSLPF to participate in Tradewinds this year. However, I am troubled by the constant reference to a police source. Again I ask, doesn't the police have its official spokespersons? I guess my comment on this police source will be deleted as usual because I request transparency from the RSLPF and the media.

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