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Former Top Cop hails Choiseul as: ‘One Of The Best Communities in St. Lucia’

FORMER Commissioner of Police and author of the book Restored Confidence, Vernon Francois, stopped by The VOICE and sat down with me last week to discuss portions of his recently released book. He took time however, to also speak about his home community of Choiseul, and how it contributed to his formation and eventual rise to the high post of Police Commissioner.

The Commissioner spoke about several details in his book, but was beaming when I asked him about our home village.

“As I wrote in the book I think [Choiseul] is one of the best communities to live in. There’s kind of an unspoiled decency about Choiseul that is still largely in existence. You go to Choiseul and you think you’re in a different place, where people are generally nice people, they deal with you very well. It’s not too much of a fast-pace place.”

Francois attended the All Boys’ School in Reunion Choiseul and himself hails from Dacretin, a community just up the road from Reunion. He then attended the Choiseul Secondary School, which was a Junior Secondary School at the time.

“I attributed a lot of my success in policing, to Choiseul, [to] my upbringing in Choiseul. I went to school in Choiseul. I went to the All Boys’ School in Reunion and then I went to Choiseul Secondary which was a Junior Secondary at the time.” Francois recalled.

The author of Restored Confidence, also reminisced on his sporting activities there. “I played cricket at La Fargue for quite a bit with Choiseul under-19.”

He concluded stating “So a lot of my upbringing; in the chapter I did about the Training School, I gave Choiseul a lot of credit for it really.”

Dean Nestor is from Choiseul but from young adulthood, his years were spent in Castries. He studied at St. Mary’s College from 1999 to 2004 and later pursued a college education in English Literature, History and Sociology at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College from 2004 to 2006.

After graduating from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, he began working as a teacher from 2009 until 2016...Read full bio...


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