Policing in Jersey goes back centuries, but it wasn’t until 24 May 1952 that the States of Jersey Police as it’s now known, was formed, with just 64 police officers and Henry Le Brocq as their Chief Officer. This was also the same year that Her Majesty was crowned Queen, so 2022 not only represents the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it also signifies the 70th Anniversary of the States of Jersey Police.
The Honorary Police date back to the 15th Century, and up to 1853 policing on the Island was their responsibility, but it was decided that a ‘Paid Police’ force should be established in St Helier to patrol the parish, it wasn’t until some 50 years later that they branched out and began to police the other parishes. During the Occupation, auxiliary officers began to work with the paid police and they both patrolled using a car at night and motorcycle during the day. By 1950 a mobile section had been formed but still remained a Parish organisation until 1952 when the new police force became official on 24 May 1952.
Today, we have 215 police officers and 121 civilian staff.
SoJP has plans to commemorate its 70th year, and of course there will be cake for officers and staff at the station on the day, but throughout the year several plans are in place to mark the occasion. A Force photo to include as many officers and police staff as possible will be taken in June, and a flag designed especially for the 70th year will be flown from Police Headquarters for the remainder of the year. Officers are also working with Jersey Trees for Life to plant 70 trees later in the year.
On Saturday 14 May, officers and police staff were kindly invited to the Royal Court and presented with medals and coins from the Bailiff of Jersey and the Lieutenant Governor to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Robin Smith, Chief Officer since January 2020, said: “The States of Jersey Police is a community within a community and I am proud to be a part of the team, seeing first-hand how tirelessly the officers and staff work and how dedicated they are to the job.
“There’s been enormous change over the years. In 1952 the newly formed SoJP received just 2,700 calls and in 2021 it was 28,000. Times are very different in terms of technology; computers, mobile phones, cyber-crime as well as the complexity of investigations.
“What hasn’t changed is SoJP’s core values. We are, and always will be here to serve and protect islanders. We are after all islanders in uniform.”
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