6th January 1956

Guernsey Police moves to its new headquarters

This was a year of great change for Guernsey Police. Its officers were given a brand new khaki uniform, which had a distinctly Mediterranean feel, and they moved into a new headquarters building.

They didn’t move far, being already based in St Peter Port. However, with its existing premises feeling distinctly cramped, it decamped to a purpose-built facility, St James’s Chambers, which also housed the Law Officers of the Crown. The location had historical significance to the force.

Coming home

The building was new but when Guernsey’s first island-wide force had been established in the 1920s it was based in a single room next door to an umbrella shop in the existing St James’s Chambers. As a result, the force spent a total of 73 years at the site, from 1920 until 1993, by which time it had once again outgrown the available space. At this point it moved to the former hospital building.

It had taken six years for the hospital site to be converted and made suitable for police use, with the move first being discussed in the States of Deliberation in summer 1987.

The move allowed the force to once again accommodate all of its departments on a single site, rather than scattering them about Town.

Although the police is no longer based there, the Law Officers of the Crown still occupy space in St James’s Chambers, ensuring that the building’s role in upholding law on the island continues to this day.


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Other events that occured in January

Alderney elects its first president 1st
Guille and Alles open their library 2nd
Guernsey bans smoking in public places 3rd
Guernsey Press registers its domain 4th
Guernsey Zoo is sold as a going concern 5th
Guernsey opens its wartime files
Guernsey Police moves to its new headquarters 6th
Guernsey Fisher makes its maiden voyage 7th
Work begins on the Val des Terres 8th
A hotel porter goes on trial for murder 9th
Guernsey Police Service appoints its first inspector 10th
Royal theft inquiry heads to Guernsey 11th
Channel Express Airways plane crashes in Guernsey 12th
Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, is born 13th
Channel Television disappears 14th
Benefactor Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx dies 15th
MV Prosperity is wrecked at Perelle 16th
Guernsey’s Royal Court sits for the first time 17th
Doctor Who travels to Guernsey 18th
Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt comes to Guernsey 19th
Hanois Lighthouse is cut off by the weather 20th
Guernsey-built prototype plane crashes 21st
Guernsey Steam Tramway stops running 22nd
Radiant Med sinks with loss of life 23rd
Guernsey wins gold at the Commonwealth Games 24th
Sark is awarded Dark-Sky status 25th
Guernsey passengers are battered by storms 26th
Sir Isaac Newton has his say on a mysterious Guernsey invention 27th
Guernsey’s last witch trial takes place 28th
Guernsey poet George Métivier is born 29th
The States of Guernsey proposes a new airport 30th
Guernsey lifeboat performs a chemical tanker rescue 31st