Statement Following the Death of George Floyd

Yesterday, Chief of Police, Robin Smith, participated in a conference call with colleagues from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent events in the United States.

As a result of this call a collective statement was produced by the NPCC, which is available here.

Chief Officer Smith added:

“The States of Jersey Police takes any form of discrimination extremely seriously and we are proactive in dealing with these issues in the community.

“It is for this reason that we worked with the Government last year to deliver a major media campaign specifically about hate crime. The aim of this was to increase general public awareness about a largely unreported crime and to give victims the confidence to report cases to us, or our partnered hate crime charity, StopHateUK.

“Equally, we recognise that for us to reduce discriminatory behaviour in our community we must, as police officers, behave in a manner that is entirely consistent with these values. All officers therefore receive mandatory equality, diversity and inclusivity (E,D & I) training and we have twelve specially trained E,D & I champions who provide subject matter expertise within the force.

“We also work closely with Liberate and our Community Advisory Group, which comprises representatives from a wide range of minority groups within Jersey, to ensure that we understand ongoing and developing issues in this area and police in a proactive and considerate manner.

“It is also important to reinforce that our policing philosophy in Jersey, as in the UK, is one of policing by consent – we are all Islanders in uniform and recognise that we can only police effectively with the trust and confidence of the community we serve.”

Stop Hate UK provide a telephone helpline for victims and witnesses of hate crime, providing independent support and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call them on 0800 138 1625 to report hate crime.


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