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Why is there
an Honorary Police force in each Parish?
Honorary Police officers have, for
centuries, been elected by parishioners to assist the Connétable
of the Parish to maintain law and order. Officers are elected as Centeniers,
Vingteniers or Constable's Officers each with various duties and responsibilities
[see below]. The Honorary Police provided the only law enforcement
prior to the appointment of paid Police officers for the Parish of
St Helier in 1853 and later to serve the whole Island. The Honorary
Police still provide an essential and very valuable service to the
Parish and community in which we live.
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Each Parish elects a number of Centeniers,
Vingteniers and Constable's Officers who act in the name of the Connétable
of the Parish in maintaining law and order. These officers are elected
for a period of three years and take an oath in the Royal Court.
All Honorary Police officers must live in the Parish at the time of
their first election or, in the case of St Helier, be a ratepayer or
mandataire of that Parish. If an officer moves out of the Parish during
her/his term of office, s/he may continue her/his term of office with
the approval of H M Attorney General and the Connétable of the
Parish and may stand for re-election provided there is no break in service.
A person may be nominated for election as a member of the Honorary Police
if, on the day of nomination, s/he is at least 20 years of age and less
than 70 years of age.
Honorary Police officers are on duty for one week at a time, usually
every 3 or 4 weeks depending upon the roster within the Parish, and
are on call 24 hours a day during that period. Honorary Police officers
are elected to serve the Parish but in certain circumstances may assist
or operate outside the Parish.
Centeniers - are elected at a public election within the Parish. In
addition to general policing matters, the Centenier in Jersey remains
the only officer entitled to charge and bail offenders. The Centenier
presides at Parish Hall Enquiries (see below) and acts as Prosecuting
Officer before the Magistrate’s Court.
Vingteniers - are elected by the Parish Assembly to serve a Vingtaine
in that Parish [or to a Cueillette in St Ouen]. Vingteniers do not have
to live within that Vingtaine [or Cueillette]. In addition to general
policing matters, the Vingtenier undertakes certain financial duties
for the Parish, including assisting with the Visite du Branchage, although
in practice the exact nature of these duties may vary from Parish to
Constables Officers - the Parish Assembly elects officers to a Vingtaine
in that Parish [or to a Cueillette in St Ouen]. Constables Officers
do not have to live within that Vingtaine [or Cueillette]. They assist
the Centeniers and Vingteniers of the Parish with general policing matters.
Centeniers, Vingteniers and Constables Officers are members of the Honorary
Police Association. Persons interested in learning more about the role
of the Honorary Police, or who may wish to serve as a member of the
Honorary Police, should in the first instance contact the Connétable
of their Parish who will give them further information and explain the
process of nomination and election. Anyone standing for election as
a member of the Honorary Police will have to undergo a criminal record
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des Chefs de Police
A Chef de Police is appointed in each
Parish from the Centeniers of that Parish and is responsible to the
Connétable for the operational policing of the Parish. The Chef
de Police of every Parish is a member of the Comité des Chefs
de Police and it is the role of the Comité to seek to strengthen
and uphold the Honorary Police by fostering and maintaining the unity
of its members; oversee the management of resources made available to
the Honorary Police; co-ordinate the provision of advice and guidance
to members of the Honorary Police; promote consistency in operational
practice between the Honorary Police of each parish; and foster continued
co-operation with the States of Jersey Police Force and other agencies..
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The Parish Hall Enquiry allows a Centenier
to investigate a reported incident to determine whether there is sufficient
evidence to justify a charge and if so whether the public interest requires
a prosecution or whether the matter can be dealt with in some other way
at the Enquiry.
The Centenier is empowered by law, to-
1. take no further action where a case
2. dismiss or issue advice where the offence is minor,
3. issue a formal caution where a minor offence is admitted,
4. impose a fine in specified cases where an offence is admitted,
5. charge a person with an offence for trial at the Magistrate's Court
a. the offence is not admitted but the Centenier believes
that there is a case to answer, or
b. the offence is admitted, but the nature of the offence
or the offender’s record makes it unsuitable for disposal at
the Parish Hall Enquiry.
Q. Do I have to attend an enquiry?
A. YES, if you have been bailed to attend a Parish Hall Enquiry. If
you have been requested to attend then, NO you do not have to attend
but the Centenier may decide to summons you to attend Court.
Q. May I bring a friend or
lawyer with me?
A. A Centenier may admit anyone to an enquiry and will not normally
exclude anyone with a bona fide interest.
Q. Must I accept the Centenier's
A. The Centenier may only issue a CAUTION or FINE if you admit the offence
and accept the proposed penalty. You may, at any time, choose to go
before the Magistrate's Court.
Q. Is there a complaints procedure?
A. YES. If you have a complaint you should obtain a form which is available
at the Parish Hall or Police Station, and follow the procedure set out.
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St Brelade 741701
St Clement 854724
St Helier 811811
St John 861999
St Lawrence 861672
St Martin 853951
St Mary 482700
St Ouen 481619
St Peter 481236
St Saviour 735864
Duty Centeniers may be contacted
through Police Headquarters on 612612.
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How do I dispute a parking fine?
If you wish to dispute a parking fine you may attend a Parish Hall Enquiry and speak to the Duty Centenier who may decide to reduce or remit the fine depending upon the circumstances.
I have received
a summons to appear in Court for a parking infraction, what action can
If you have received a summons and wish
to pay the fine you must pay the amount of the fine to the Parish Hall
[for public car parks administered by the Public Services Committee
the fine should be paid to the Parking Control Office, Sand Street car
park, St Helier] before the date you have been summonsed to appear in
If you wish to query the circumstances of the parking infraction you
may attend a Parish Hall Enquiry and speak to the Duty Centenier [to
arrange an appointment for St Helier please telephone the Charges Office
at the Town Hall tel: 811890; for other Parishes please telephone the
You may wish to appear in Court to answer the charge yourself and the
Magistrate, having heard the facts, will determine the case. If you
are found guilty of the parking infraction the Magistrate may award
costs against you and will also determine the penalty.
Please note that if you fail to pay the fine or to appear in Court when
summonsed to do so the Magistrate may order your arrest, with or without
an option for bail, for future attendance in Court.