Change needed for Jersey's Honorary Police: Vingtenier

Jersey's Honorary Police needs to change if more officers are to be recruited, says a long-serving Vingtenier.

The Honorary Police force has had a shortage of qualified volunteers for a long time, especially in St Helier.

Mitch Couriard said the force should consider raising the upper and lower age limits for volunteers.

He said there were other issues that could be looked at including "an island force rather than a parish force".

Honorary Police are elected by parishioners and help to enforce law and order in the 12 parishes.

Meanwhile, Mr Couriard, who had been involved with the Honorary Police for decades, said the police were dealing with more alcohol and drug-related problems than in the past.

He said over the years he had noticed an increasing problem with substance abuse.

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