Inspection Report Received

Jersey Police Authority publishes report of
external inspection of the States of Jersey Police

Late in 2018 and early 2019, we welcomed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), to conduct out an external inspection of the States of Jersey Police (SoJP).

Inspections of this standard are performed on each of the UK Home Office funded police forces on an annual basis, and by invitation only from any of the Crown Dependencies. The last visit to Jersey by a UK inspection team was 2008. Since the 2008 HMIC inspection, partner national police forces have conducted several independent peer review inspections of the SoJP in areas such as, provisions for counterterrorism, managing sex offenders, how the police work with children involved in domestic abuse and the conduct of investigations.

Jason Lane, Chairman, Jersey Police Authority, said: “Inviting HMICFRS to inspect the SoJP was an
important step forward in how the JPA continues to assess the performance of the police. The report
suggests areas for improvement and proposes some recommendations to assist with performance and staff wellbeing. We will continue to work alongside the Chief Officer and the Senior Management Team to develop these recommendations and have already made commitments to implement them in our Policing Plan for 2020 which is due for publication in the coming weeks.
The timing of the report is further welcomed as SOJP enter a new financial planning term alongside
colleagues in government. This allows us some certainty that the operating structure is affordable and sustainable.
Jersey can be very proud of its police force. There are many areas of this report which praise the
dedication and commitment of its Officers and Staff. The report also recognises the
challenging environment of the past two years with the absence of a substantive Chief Officer and
the restructure of government departments. We are delighted to be welcoming our new
Chief Officer Robin Smith, who will join us in early January 2020.”

The full report can be found in our publications page.