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States of Jersey Police sports team's policy (FOI)

States of Jersey Police sports team's policy (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 03 January 2024.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


With regards to the States of Jersey Police's sports team's policy, please advise how much time is given to officers and staff to represent their force when playing sports. 


States of Jersey Police adopt the same policy as the Government of Jersey in relation to special leave. The relevant section of the policy is shown below:

7.14 Island Games, Commonwealth Games, Paralympics and Olympics 

7.14.1 Employees may be given permission by their Chief Officer to participate in the Island Games and to represent Jersey in a formal capacity if their absence from work will not seriously disrupt the provision of a vital service and their Department does not incur any extra costs as a result of the employee’s absence. 

7.14.2 Only employees who have completed their probationary period and whose performance and attendance record are acceptable may apply for paid special leave. 

7.14.3 Half the period of time required to attend the Games may be taken as paid special leave and the remaining half covered by annual leave or in exceptional circumstances unpaid special leave.

The policy excludes qualifying events.

Additionally, the Police Athletic and Social Club (PASC) operates within the States of Jersey Police. Part 2 of the constitution states: 

The purpose of the PASC shall be to encourage, make provision for, and facilitate athletic, recreational and social activities. All police staff, both officers and civilians, are entitled to be members. 

If a member of PASC is representing either the Island, States of Jersey Police or other police force, they may receive some financial support from the committee on a case by case basis. Support from the PASC extends beyond the major events as prescribed in the above government policy. 

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