In a statement announcing Cruscita Descartes-Pelius’ re-appointment as the island’s first female police commissioner for another year, the St. Lucia government stated that it is “dedicated to public safety and the well-being of all citizens” and that it will continue to be so.
Descartes-Pelius, who was originally appointed in October 2022, was stated to have rendered distinguished service to the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) for more than 30 years up until June 2023, according to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Before being named chief of police last year, Descartes-Pelius held a number of positions, notably with the INTERPOL organization based in Paris.
She is the holder of a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies and was awarded the National Service Cross of the Order of St. Lucia when the island celebrated independence in 2021.
The statement said she has been appointed as Commissioner of Police effective 1 September 2023 for one year.
“Her reinstatement as Commissioner of Police is expected to be accompanied by a comprehensive professional training programme for senior officers aimed at cultivating strong leadership and ushering in a new cadre of leadership within the RSLPF.
“The government of St Lucia looks forward to the support of all officers as it commits to preparing officers for future leadership positions and the strengthening of the police force,” the statement said, thanking also Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ronald Phillip “for his sterling leadership as acting Commissioner of Police for the past 10 weeks”.