Tackling crime... and foliage!

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Mark McQuillan reports.

They are weeks away from tackling crime on Jersey's streets, but first the island's new Police recruits have had another challenge to take on.. Jersey Hospice's garden!

Brad Chellingworth and Persephone Bell were among those happy to embrace the community work after nine weeks of hard graft in the classroom.

Brad said, "I think it's good that we're building up a rapport with the community, showing people that actually they won't encounter us only when something's gone wrong but also on days like today when we're here just to help out."

Persephone added, "Everyone needs to be able to garden! But it's all just about hard work, commitment and discipline. It's quite hard bending over in the garden and doing all the weeding for hours on end, but if you've got the discipline and motivation you'll do it, and that's what you need in the police force as well."

The work included weeding, scrubbing garden furniture and hedge trimming.

The intensive 15 weeks of Police training will be completed in December. The new recruits will then be out on the beat early in the new year.

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Posted By: bob grouville on 31-Oct-2013
Sarah, I can hardly see Hospice members being a high profile part of the crime community. Police community initiatives should focus on relationship building with high crime areas.

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Posted By: Plod on 31-Oct-2013
I very much doubt it was there own idea Sarah, new recruits can just about dress themselves let alone think for themselves.

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Posted By: Sarah on 30-Oct-2013
I think it is lovely that the recruits are helping Hospice. It is one day and it shows they are part of the community they will be serving.

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Posted By: M. Le Mon, St. Martin on 30-Oct-2013
Interpersonal skills are of course a vital part of a police officer's desired attributes. However, this charity work - whilst perhaps commendable - is for a captive audience (no pun intended) and presents no challenge whatsoever in terms of adapting rapidly and appropriately to public reactions when actually out on the street. Classroom role plays can help with that as indeed can on the job training under the mentorship of an experienced officer. Sadly, I think this is all about positive spin and I would applaud the officers doing any charity work when they're not being paid for it.

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Posted By: Dockgreen on 30-Oct-2013
nice to see the rookies faces, joe public in the new year will be on their case when they hit the streets for the first time to see how they handle themselves And bob, interpersonal skills Police JERSEY, good luck with that one mate, most of them are from UK who couldn't make it over there in the police force, so they are here instead! Persephone Bell that can't be her real name, blimey good luck with that one down the station love!

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Posted By: bob grouville on 30-Oct-2013
So we are paying for police trainees to garden......? Would there not be better investment in some interpersonal skills training to defuse the late night incidents we keep hearing about?

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