Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Moncherry denies claims of rift between him and Senator Francis

National Security Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis (left), Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry

National Security Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis (left), Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has dismissed allegations that he and National Security Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis are at loggerheads.

According to the Top Cop, he enjoys a healthy relationship with Senator Francis.

"The Minister and I have a very good working relationship and I intend to keep it that way," Moncherry says.

Moncherry returned at the helm of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) this week, after being on vacation since January of this year.

His return to the RSLPF also saw the end of Acting Commissioner Milton Desir, who retired from the RSLPF.

Speculation is rife that there is a rift between Commissioner Moncherry and Senator Francis.

According to reports, Senator Francis wants Commissioner Moncherry to consider a security advisory position in the RSLPF, which will allow Desir to be hired on contract for the position of Police Commissioner.

According to Commissioner Moncherry, "I do not know of such plans and I don't intend to respond to rumors."

The veteran law enforcer says he will not allow political interference to affect his judgement and decisions while leading the RSLPF.

"I must also say that during my time I have not seen any attempt at that happening."

Commissioner Moncherry joined the RSLPF on January 16, 1985, coincidentally together with former Acting Commissioner, Milton Desir.

Moncherry is expected to retire on June 9, 2021, unless he takes early retirement in April 2021.

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