Call for locals at the top of the Jersey police force

More needs to be done to encourage local people to reach high levels in the States of Jersey police force, a group of island politicians has said.

The Education and Home Affairs scrutiny panel looked into promotion planning.

It said in the past projects to encourage local people to try for high-level jobs in policing had failed.

Deputy Roy Le Herrissier, chairman of the panel, said it was felt there should be a mix of local and UK officers at the top of the force.

'Valuable knowledge'

He told the States of Jersey: "Our view was that because it is important to have a local person, that probably the right approach is to have a mix of local and UK officers at the top.

"They shouldn't necessarily be strictly allocated, one to the chief position, so much would depend on the mixture of talent you have available at that time."

In a statement to the scrutiny panel, Home Affairs Minister Senator Ian Le Marquand said other departments within home affairs managed to recruit local officers.

He said: "I have got within Home Affairs organisations like Customs and Immigration, which is virtually entirely 100% home-grown.

"My own personal experience is that home knowledge is valuable and outside experience is valuable as well, and you need that combination of two as part of the team.

"So I suppose if I was going to say what I am looking for ideally, I probably would want to have one of the top two who was local and one of the top two who had lots of experience away."

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