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Friday, July 15, 2005 - The Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security and the Police High Command are hoping that policing against crime will get a boost with the recent confirmation and promotion of a dozen of the Police Force’s top officers.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved a dozen new appointments in the leadership ranks of the Police Force, affecting officers from the rank of Assistant Commissioner to Assistant Superintendent.

The announcement of the promotions and appointments was this week welcomed by the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, as well as by the Commissioner of Police. Home Affairs Minister, Senator Calixte George, said he expected the “moral boost” from the promotions “to positively affect the overall leadership of the fight against crime.”

Police Commissioner Ausbert Regis has also welcomed the new promotions and appointments. He said, “these promotions are naturally welcome, they were earned by the individuals concerned and with them also come added responsibilities.”

According to the Commissioner, “in their new positions, each individual will be required to function at a naturally higher level, while at the same time being part of the coordinating unit that comprises the hierarchy of the force.”

Topping the list of senior officers promoted are Moses Charles and Cyril Noel, two former Acting Assistant Commissioners who are now confirmed in their posts.

The confirmations continue with George Deterville and Philip Vernon Francois, who are now Superintendents. Mr Francois will act as an Assistant Commissioner, replacing Mr Joseph Francis, who has proceeded on pre-retirement leave.

Acting Assistant Superintendents Errol Alexander, Frances Henry, Brian Jawahir and Gregory Montoute have been confirmed.

In the Police Band, Gregory Piper has now been promoted to the post of Superintendent, while David Pierre has been promoted to the post of Assistant Superintendent.

The Commissioner of Police has also approved the promotion of Sergeant 131 Leon to Inspector, Corporal 32 Henry to Sergeant and Constable 34 Pierre to the post of corporal within the band.

According to the PSC, the appointments took effect from May 2005.

Senator George said the promotion of top officers was taking place “at a time when we have just added 60 new recruits to the force” to assist in meeting the challenges of policing in St. Lucia today.

The minister noted that “the challenges today include, among other things, vigilance, information gathering, scientific analysis and knowledge of the local terrain” and he said efforts were also under way “to take the force to the required levels of operational efficiency to meet the new and old challenges in the continuing crime fight.”

In this regard, he referred to “recent measures also taken to improve the force’s overall intelligence gathering capabilities.” Pointing to recent measures taken by the Government to improve the operational efficiency and working environment for the nation’s officers, Senator George said the promotions also coincided with “ongoing measures to improve the overall output of the force, across the island, in the neighbourhoods and communities, with the help of the citizenry.”

He said recent measures taken by the Government to help strengthen the fight against crime included provision of new vehicles, new police stations, more training for officers, and harmonization of prosecutorial services, additional manpower and a greater measure of coordination.”

The minister said the measures taken over the years “have significantly improved the base for better policing” by the force. He said “new legislative and tactical measures have also been showing positive results,” pointing to the new Criminal Code and the recent Revised Laws of Saint Lucia.

He identified what he said was “our continuing progress in the recovery of illegal firearms” as one example of the success of legislative and tactical measures to combat crime.

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