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Appropriate equipment and safety clothing is provided to Officers for use when on duty.
Officers are expected to attend relevant training courses provided by the Parish which may include:
- Induction - an introduction to the Honorary Police, Parish policies and procedures.
- Foundation Course - basic knowledge of law and procedures; Officers work towards an assessment of competency to carry out policing functions.
- Radio Communication - basic knowledge required to use the TETRA radio system.
- Centeniers Training – covering charging, Court presentation, bail applications / presentation of bail objections and jurisdiction arguments, 'Not Guilty' pleas and Parish Hall Enquiries.
- Emergency aid at work for appointed persons - first aid in the workplace, emergency aid and casualty management.
- Tactical communication and conflict management - covering offender behaviour patterns, non-verbal communication and simple but effective restraint techniques.
- Driver awareness - ability to drive safely and effectively.
- Radar and Laser speed detection training – includes guidelines set by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
- Night Shelter Course - procedures to put a person in the safety of the Night Shelter.
- Automated External Defibrillation - use of the Defibrillator and casualty management.
- CCTV - basic knowledge required to monitor the States of Jersey Police town street cameras.
Insurance policies are in place to cover, as a 'group', the Connétables and Honorary Police of 11 parishes, St Helier has its own policies. All policies are reviewed regularly to ensure adequate cover is held and that the cover is sufficient to provide an appropriate level and range of protection for officers.
The group policies cover an officer whilst s/he is on duty and undertaking duties on behalf of the Honorary Police. Consequently, a person is not covered by the group policies at other times, for example pursuing her/his usual daily activities.
The group policies provide cover for:
- potential liability to others incurred whilst on duty as an officer, and
- legal expenses arising from that duty, and also
- a "safety net" for injury or death sustained whilst on duty which is separate to, and may be in addition to, anything an officer has personally arranged. Each officer has a responsibility to look after her/himself financially and should review the cover provided by her/his personal insurance or other financial arrangements to ensure they provide the cover for death, loss of income or long term disability s/he requires.
The group policies provide the same level of cover for all officers of the 11 parishes. In particular as an Honorary Police officer you should:
- ensure you have informed your employer that you have been elected as an Honorary Police officer and clarify whether this affects any terms of, or benefits available, by virtue of your employment;
- advise your motor insurers that you have been elected as an Honorary Police officer and may use your own vehicle(s) to attend duty (this is a voluntary activity and should be covered as "social, domestic, pleasure" use);
- if you have private medical insurance either as an individual or via your employer/company scheme, check carefully on renewal whether there is a duty of disclosure relating to any
voluntary activity (if so, you should advise that you have been elected as an Honorary Police officer);
- seek independent financial advice if you have any queries about your personal insurance cover.
For further information, or if you have any insurance queries, contact: Islands Insurance T: +44 (0) 1534 835340 or +44 (0) 1534 835327 or the Comité des Connétables/Comité des Chefs de Police office T: +44 (0) 1534 767555.