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IMPACS Action Soon

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Minister Promises To Deal With It As Speedily as Possible.

POLICE officers who have been fingered in a report by a team from the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) investigating fatal shooting incidents six years ago will soon know their fate.

The entire police force has been asked to assist in bringing closure to the matter which has been hanging over its head for several months.

Image of Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis
Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis

Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis made the call for assistance and gave the named police officers hope at Sunday’s annual Police Awards Ceremony at the Golden Palm Conference Room at Rodney Bay, Gros Islet.

“I am sure that everybody knows about IMPACS. IMPACS will not go away until we deal with it and I intend to, with the assistance of the police and the Director of Public Prosecution as speedily as possible. The lives of the police officers involved need to go on,” Francis said.

Those police officers, he said, need to know what is going to happen with respect to the next step in that matter and that they need to know very quickly.

“I can assure them that we will be looking into that situation,” Minister Francis said.

He, perhaps unwittingly, injected a solemn thought into the proceedings when he said that “there will be difficult times” and that as a Minister there will be times when he will be taking some very serious decisions, which come with his job.

Giving no clue as to what he may have been alluding to, he added that “there are a lot of things in the air and that persons will have to deal with them.”

He called on police officers to learn from their mistakes and not let criticisms hamper them in performing their duties in a professional manner.

“Allow the criticism to come, learn from it. But it is what we do after we have made that mistake that will count,” Minister Francis said, echoing Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry who lauded the efforts of his men throughout the first 11 months of this year.

The Commissioner encouraged his officers to perform their duties without fear or favour and to serve their country with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.

“Display pride and dignity and at all times uphold the positive image of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force. Always respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people you serve. Let justice, truth and charity be your ideals,” Moncherry told the conference room filled with police officers.

He promised to do all within his power as Commissioner to make the police force a truly professional service focusing on customer satisfaction.

Moncherry also promised to revamp the annual police awards event saying that come next year he will review the nomination and selection processes.

“It is my intention to have every station, unit and department recognized and award officers who have excelled on a monthly basis. Therefore our nominees for annual awards will be chosen from the persons awarded monthly by the stations, units and departments,” he said.

At that ceremony, a number of police officers were recognized for outstanding work from the ranks of the Special Reserves all the way up to that of Inspector. Others were singled out for acts of gallantry and valour and going beyond the call of duty.

More on the Police Awards in our Thursday issue.

Corporal Prospere – Top Crime Fighter

Image of Corporal 556 Alvin Prospere receiving a Special Award
THIS photo captured one of the most outstanding police officers for 2016, Corporal 556 Alvin Prospere receiving a Special Award from Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry. Corporal Prospere’s dedication, persistency and leadership skills were on display this year when as head of a patrol group of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) he discovered and confiscated nine weapons with 29 rounds of ammunition, over four kilos of cocaine and several pounds of marijuana. He was also responsible for apprehending several wanted persons and interrupted several criminal acts in progress. (Photo By PhotoMike)
Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

1 Comment

  1. Those fired police officers will only be sacrificial lambs. The public needs to know (a) what were the orders given for ORC? (b) the intent of the then minister of security? (c) how much the minister knew of illegal activities? Apparently, when the “job was being done” nobody asked questions.

    It is a bit bothering that the minister in charge is absolved and promoted…..without a court finding or public inquiry. So much for transparency.

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