Action day to tackle key community issues

Over yesterday and today [29-30 September], officers from the States of Jersey Police (SoJP) and Jersey Customs and Immigration Service (JCIS) are working together to target different forms of criminal activity across the island. This enforcement activity forms only part of one of the many joint working initiatives between the services.

This morning [Friday 30 Sep], SoJP officers executed warrants at several residential addresses. One man was arrested on suspicion of possessing or making indecent images of children, while at another address two men were arrested for possession and possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and officers seized approximately £10k in cash and a commercial amount of cannabis resin and MDMA with an estimated total value of £4.5k. During the morning officers also arrested another man for breach of bail for a serious sexual offence.

Officers from SoJP have also been based at Jersey Airport assisting JCIS to carry out checks on those arriving and departing the Island. Police dog Jack and his handler were on-hand to assist JCIS dog, Maverick, and his handler, as part of the day’s activity. Checks of licenced premises will also take place tonight, as police patrol the Night-time Economy and speak with licence holders and door security about the issues they face and how they can work together to resolve them.

Officers from the Community Policing Team are focussing on anti-social behaviour by visiting certain ‘hotspot’ areas that have been identified as high demand areas for response teams. They will be speaking with members of the public in these areas to form a better picture of what is needed to prevent and resolve the issues that crop up. Anti-social driving is also on the agenda, with officers working late into the night in some of the more rural parishes to tackle speeding and racing on our roads.

Detective Inspector Huw Williams, head of CID, said: “This targeted approach to tackling crime within our community utilises intelligence from the public and enables us to make those arrests that take offenders off our streets and help to keep slanders safe.

“We’ve had some really good engagement with our community and they are pleased to see officers taking action in their parishes. It is important to see that our work doesn’t end here; these action days focus on specific problem areas and crimes, but officers are continually using reports and information to prevent and disrupt criminal activity. I’d encourage anyone that is affected by criminal behaviour to get in touch and report it to us by calling 612612 or reporting it online."

Paul Le Monnier, Senior Manager at JCIS added: “JCIS and SOJP work collaboratively on a daily basis across a number of areas and come together when the need arises, but highlighting some more of our proactive work with action days like this is a good way of demonstrating the diversity of the Customs & Immigration Service. Joint-working and information sharing between services like this remains a key tool to disrupting unwanted criminality in Jersey.”


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