Officer accepted on national development scheme

A States of Jersey Police officer has been given a coveted place on the 2013 National High Potential Development Scheme “ often seen as a fast track scheme for future Police Chiefs.

Police Sergeant Matt Le Monnier is only the second officer ever in the Channel Islands to be accepted on the course alongside Inspector James Wileman who was offered a place commencing in February this year.

Matt, who is currently a Patrol Sergeant working on one of the uniform shifts, will attend an induction week in the UK for the successful candidates in February 2013, before launching into the five-year HPDS training programme, which consists of a post graduate diploma in Police Management and Leadership for the first two years, a further two years of consolidated learning, where there will be opportunities to work with UK forces and other members of the successful HPDS group, and culminates in a Masters' degree in Management for the final year, all led by Warwick Business School and Bramshill Police College.

Of the hundreds of officers who applied for the scheme less than 60 are accepted each year. Some of the major UK forces only manage to get 2 or 3 candidates on at a time, so for Jersey to have 2 scheme members is an incredible achievement.

Matt, who applied for the scheme last year but narrowly missed out, said: "I am really proud to have been accepted on the scheme. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me but I am looking forward to the challenge. To be one of only 55 nationally to be accepted on the scheme is a huge honour and I look forward to representing the States of Jersey Police.

Chief Officer Mike Bowron said: "This is an immense achievement and I am proud of Matt who represented the Force so well whilst competing against the best officers the UK has to offer.

"This serves to demonstrate the calibre of officers we have within the States of Jersey Police and the Island should be proud of this achievement. We are continuing to nurture young local talent and give them the tools to be the Chief Officers of the future.

Matt had been a Police Officer since March 2006 and has worked in both Uniform Operations and in Crime Services departments.


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