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Jersey to host major policing conference

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JERSEY is to play host to a major policing conference this month which is to be attended by around 150 delegates from 40 Police forces across the British Isles.

The conference, called the Cabinet Office ACPO Emergency Procedures seminar, which is now in its 13th year, has traditionally been held at the Emergency Planning College in Easingwold, Yorkshire. However, for the first time, the popular conference is to be held at the Radisson Hotel in St Helier, as the conference has developed in audience size and content over the past few years and therefore a more specific dedicated conference venue was required. It has proved to be very cost effective in bringing the event to Jersey. As well as most British Police forces, the conference will also be attended by representatives from Interpol and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the British Transport Police.

The conference, which runs on 28 and 29 April, will be opened by the Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand and the Deputy Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police, Barry Taylor. The idea to host it in the Island was the idea of the States of Jersey emergency planning officer Mike Long, who works with the States of Jersey Police on many issues.

Mr Taylor said: ˜We are very pleased to welcome this important and well attended conference to Jersey for the first time which is well known and respected in the policing world. It is essential that regarding emergency planning, we all benefit from the latest knowledge and know that there are experts we can call on. We never know when a large scale emergency situation will arise, but what we can do is be prepared for when it d"s happen. By doing that, we can minimise the significant disruption which will be caused to Islanders as much as possible. This is a valuable opportunity to see how others have coped, and we can learn from them and recognise best practice. Jersey faces unique challenges because of our status as an Island, and we are looking forward to hearing from people who have a wide spectrum of knowledge as the conference progresses.'

The conference will be led by the Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Alan Goodwin, who has responsibility for emergency preparedness and civil contingencies issues on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) - a role DCC Goodwin has held since 2004.

Mr Goodwin said: ˜I have never failed to be impressed by the unerring professionalism and enthusiasm of the Police Service's emergency planning community. I am aware that most, if not all Forces will be represented at this event and I am particularly pleased to welcome colleagues from the States of Jersey Police
to the Conference and trust that everyone will benefit from the shared learning and networking opportunities that these two days will provide.

˜The world of policing is continually changing and our contribution to the civil resilience of this country is no exception - we have faced many difficult challenges and have delivered success in often the most difficult of circumstances. However, we must continue to develop and improve our capability in this important Protective Service in order to keep our communities safe and protect them from harm.

˜The public do not expect civil emergencies to ever directly affect them, but if they do, then they do expect the Police Service to respond in the most professional manner, utilising tried and tested emergency plans that have been developed by many of the delegates here in Jersey this week. Only by doing that will we maintain public trust and confidence at times when people are experiencing massive disruption to all that is familiar to them.

Topics to be discussed at the three-day long conference on the first day include an planning for major events, including an update on the planning for the Olympic Games in London in 2012, and the challenges of dealing with major events which can test resources such as fires, air crashes and ferry disasters.

Media information:
Opportunities for the media to interview some of the visiting speakers and organisers will be available, and these will be given nearer the time to the local media by the press officer.

 

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