Guernsey

Support for changes to Alderney policing

An Alderney politician has backed changes to the approach to policing in the island.

John Beaman said talks with Guernsey's chief of police Patrick Rice discussed more community-based initiatives.

The chairman of the policy and finance committee said the move should include a more continuous sergeant presence.

He said: "Having somebody there for a long time is a no-brainer, it's obviously better than having somebody here for a few weeks."

Mr Beaman said during the meeting with Mr Rice they had agreed that having a police sergeant who knew the community would improve policing in the island.

He said: "We haven't had that continuity for the last five or six years with the constant chopping and changing at sergeant level.

"We would look forward to that becoming the norm for Alderney.

"There are massive differences between policing in Guernsey and policing in Alderney so I think it's right that the sergeant here should understand those.

"I think we have one at the moment who is building up that rapport with local people so it's good."

Guernsey Police confirmed they were looking into ways of making the post more permanent.

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