Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Moses Charles has been confirmed in the post almost eleven months after government set about restructuring the police force to include him, Pancreas Albert and Vernon Francois in the three top positions of the Police Service. He is the only one of the three to date to have been confirmed in his position.

Still acting in the position of Commissioner of Police is Vernon Francois. Albert is presently on vacation.
The government, it seems, is in no hurry to confirm Francois in the position, further that discussions are ongoing as to the best format to adopt where the person holding the position is concerned.

"(St Lucia's Prime Minister Stephenson King) at the time also spoke of making changes to the rank and file of the police force..." (L to R) Moses Charles, Pancreas Albert and Vernon Francois

What is better for the country, a Police Commissioner that is confirmed in the post which would make that person difficult to remove if he/she drops the ball or a Police Commissioner on a contract, hereby having the option not to renew his/her contract if the ball is dropped?

Meanwhile the court case brought on by the former Police Commissioner Ausbert Regis against the government emanating from the decision by government in May 2010 to transfer him from the post of Police Commissioner to Director of Special Initiatives in the Office of the Prime Minister has already been heard. Both sides are now awaiting the judgment.

Prime Minister Stephenson King spoke about the restructuring of the police force during an address to the nation on May 30, 2011. The changes to the police hierarchy and the subsequent transfer of Regis were all part of that restructuring.

The prime minister at the time also spoke of making changes to the rank and file of the police force. To date a number of acting positions have been created within what is known as the men and women in khaki uniforms. Aside from the acting police commissioner there are one acting deputy commissioner, three acting assistant police commissioners, five acting superintendents of police and nine acting assistant superintendents of police. {DATA COURTESYVOICE ONLINE, SLU}

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