Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Retiring Desir applauded for leadership during COVID-19

Retired Deputy Police Commissioner Milton Desir.

Retired Deputy Police Commissioner Milton Desir.

Retired Deputy Police Commissioner Milton Desir is being praised for his tenure at the helm of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) while the commissioner was on leave.

Desir, who has been in the RSLPF for nearly 40 years, retired on September 8.

He served as acting commissioner, starting in January 2020, as Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry proceeded on vacation leave. Desir acted in the post up to his retirement.

“As a Welfare Association we wish him well. He has served the majority of his life, serving the people of Saint Lucia and I really believe as a people we need to show more appreciation and gratitude to those who have given their entire life in service as it pertains to ensuring the vulnerable and the disenfranchised are protected,” President of the Police Welfare Association, Travis Chicot declared.

Desir headed several departments during his tenure at the RSLPF including the Traffic Department, Marine Unit and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

According to the PWA president, Desir performed remarkably well as a leader during the heighted COVID-19 period on the island.

Chicot said: “That is something we must commend him for in terms of his leadership skills. We saw him coming in and championing the National Security aspect because, as you know, the pandemic was really on the backs of the Ministry of Health and National Security and as the commissioner of police, the police now as the main apparatus for security in this country, we saw the Acting Commissioner, Milton Desir, coming out and really performing…

“He did a brilliant job at the helm at the time, and, as you know, it was an unprecedented time for all and we believe that Mr Desir served with distinction during this time. The Welfare Association is really pleased with his performance especially during COVID-19.”

According to Chicot, Desir is a good person in terms of his character, personality and ability to relay and listen to the issues affecting members of the RSLPF.

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