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Serving in the Honorary Police

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The Connétable is responsible for the efficient and effective policing of the Parish and will assemble the Honorary Police each month (a requirement of the Code of 1771). The Connétable does not exercise operational policing powers.

Duties: the duties of those who hold the office of Centenier, Vingtenier or Constable's Officer include

  • the protection of life and property,
  • the preservation of the Queen's peace, and
  • the prevention and detection of criminal offences.

To fulfil these duties they are granted extraordinary powers; the public and the Honorary Police therefore have a right to expect the highest standards of conduct from them.

Conduct: the Discipline Code in the Schedule of the Police (Honorary Police Complaints and Discipline Procedure) (Jersey) Regulations 2000  sets out the principles which guide officers' conduct.

Duty week: Honorary Police officers are on duty for one week at a time, usually every 3 or 4 weeks depending upon the roster within the Parish, and are on call 24 hours a day during that period.

Policing tasks: Honorary Police officers are elected to serve the Parish and undertake policing within the Parish community. In certain circumstances officers may assist or operate outside the Parish. The tasks are varied and can include:

  • Foot and mobile patrols
  • Speed checks and road checks
  • Licenced premises checks and curfew checks
  • Visite du Branchage and Visite Royale
  • Parish Hall Enquiries
  • Policing local events and may also assist at major island events
  • Searches for 'missing persons'
  • Responding to calls for assistance.

Officers are expected:

  • to acquire the necessary skills and abilities to properly perform the duties required and this may include attendance at relevant training courses provided.
  • to attend the monthly meeting chaired by the Connétable.
  • to support the Connétable and Chef de Police in the delivery of the policing plan for the parish.

Find out more: contact the Connétable or Chef de Police of your Parish for further information.