The role of the honorary police in each parish is to maintain law and order in the community. Honorary policing is a voluntary service that has been part of Jersey life for hundreds of years and is considered to be the envy of many communities outside the Island.
There are many ways in which you can serve the community by joining the honorary police. The honorary police do more then road checks, attend road accidents and police public events - they also undertake a variety of other duties and can provide help, advice and solutions in many situations of minor nature where a formal investigation by the states of Jersey police may not be required.
There is a friendly welcome to anyone who is able to give a little time to the Parish as an Honorary Police Officer. If you are aged between 20 and 69, are a resident of St Helier, have some spare time and would like to help the community and become more involved, then please contact the Honorary Police Administrator for St Helier on 811890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Helier Honorary Police consists of 10 Centeniers, 11 Vingteniers and 33 Constable's Officers, all of whom work entirely on an unpaid voluntary basis. The term of office for all Police ranks is three years, with Constable, Centeniers, Vingteniers and Constable's Officers being elected by the whole Parish.
Training is essential and a variety of courses are available to ensure an officer is able to carry out his/her duties. Honorary police officers are required to complete a basic foundation course. Once this foundation course has been completed there are a number of additional courses which can be undertaken.
Honorary Police officers not only provide a valuable service to their parish and community, but they also gain confidence from the duties undertaken and learn new skills through the training they receive and situations they experience. Skills that transfer directly to the workplace include communication and negotiation skills, calmness under pressure, problem solving, management skills and many others.
Honorary policing is not just about undertaking duties - there is also a social side. Parishes have teams responsible for organising social events for the officers and their families, e.g. BBQ's and quiz nights. There are also a number of Island-wide functions such as dinners, clay pigeon shooting, pétanque and golf. Come and join us, make new friends and make a valuable contribution to your Parish.
There are ten Centeniers for the Parish and they are elected by the public for a period of three years. To become a candidate they need a proposer, a seconder and eight other nominees that will have signed the nomination form. If there is to be an election, there will be a nomination evening where the election date is set by the Royal Court.
Each Centenier, after appropriate training, undertakes a duty week approximately every ten weeks. The duty week may involve the following:
- Charge and set bail for offenders who have been arrested or reported for offences within the Parish;
- Attend Parish Hall Enquiries 4 or 5 nights a week to meet persons reported for offences within the Parish;
- Present cases in the Magistrate's Court;
- Attend sudden deaths within the Parish; and
- Remain on-call to assist Parishioners.
On occasion, a Centenier may also represent the Constable of the Parish in matters relating to the Municipality.
You swear and promise before God that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties and office of Centenier of the Parish of St Helier; you shall keep and cause to be kept the Queen's Peace; opposing and arresting all those who attempt or commit all manner of crime, délit or contravention, of whom you shall inform the Connétable, in order that they be brought to judgement to be punished according to their misdeeds, abiding in this respect by the directions of Her Majesty's Attorney General; you will protect and uphold to the best of your ability the rights appertaining to the said Parish, and as touching the public welfare thereof, you will be guided by the advice and counsel of the principals, of the Connétable and other officers of the said Parish; you will assist the Connétable to convene the said officers regularly, and convene them yourself should he require you to do so to attend as necessary to the affairs of the Parish; you will execute the lawful orders of the Lieutenant Governor, of the Bailiff, of his Deputy and of the Judges and Jurats of the Royal Court, and all this and your bounden duty you promise upon your conscience to perform.
You swear and promise before God that well and faithfully you will fulfil the Office of Vingtenier of the Vingtaine of .................................... in the Parish of St Helier; that you will execute all good and faithful summonses and Records of Service, and you will assist the Connétable, or Centeniers, whenever required to do so, and you will carry out all other duties which devolve upon the said office.
Constable Officer Oath
You swear and promise before God that well and faithfully you will fulfil the office of "Officier du Connétable" for the Parish of St Helier; that you will assist the said Connétable, or Centeniers, whenever required to do so, and you will perform all other duties which devolve upon the said office.