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States of Jersey Police


For a number of years in the second half of the 20th century the States Police wore white uniforms during the summer. The men hated these uniforms, which got dirty easily and needed frequent cleaning

From the States of Jersey Police website

Jersey's first paid police officers operated only in St Helier - it was nearly 50 years before other parishes were patrolled.


The States of Jersey Police has a history dating back to 1853, when a small group of uniformed officers operated in St Helier. The officers wore locally-made uniforms, but their helmets, rattles, lamps and truncheons came from the UK. They had to pay for their own uniforms - the cost was deducted from their 23 shillings weekly wage.

The officers worked from the Town Hall in Seale Street, and were also responsible for fighting fires. However, this changed 15 years later when a volunteer fire fighting service was established.

In the early days the police doubled as the Fire Brigade

St Helier Paid Police Force

The force became larger and more standardised over time, and in the 1890s officers began to work a day shift as well as a night shift, and became known as the St Helier Paid Police Force. They also began to patrol on pedal cycles.

By the 1930s, the St Helier Paid Police Force were patrolling other parishes on horseback.

German Occupation

During the German Occupation of Jersey (1940-1945) 40 ‘specials’ or auxiliary officers began to work with the paid police and together they patrolled the town and outskirts, with a lone patrol car by night and a motorcyclist by day.

Transfer from parish to States

In 1950 a mobile section was formed, but the paid police remained a parish body until 1951. In 1952 a Police Bill transferred the control of the paid police from the parish of St Helier to the States of Jersey. The new police force became official on 24 May 1952 with 64 police officers.

In 2011 there were about 236 police officers supported by about 90 civilian staff.


The first police car

This gallery includes images from the States of Jersey Police Facebook page. Click on any image to see a larger version

A Jaguar patrol car and crew at Gorey
On point duty at the junction of King Street and Halkett Place in summer uniform in 1956
The force photographed in 1977
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