10th January 1915

Guernsey Police Service appoints its first inspector

Guernsey Police’s first Chief Inspector was appointed at a States Committee meeting on 10 January 1915. The successful candidate was Edwin A Green, who transferred from his post at the London Metropolitan Police to lead the newly-established Guernsey force.

Green’s arrival came at a moment of great change for the States of Guernsey Police Service. The earliest incarnation of the island’s law-keepers had been organised on a parish-by-parish basis but, as the population grew and the island became better connected by roads, it became clear that a unified unformed force was required.

The first official constables were appointed in 1853 but by modern standards the force had still been a rather half-hearted effort. For one thing, there was only four of them. For another, their “uniform”, such as it was, was nothing more than a belt that they wore in addition to their regular clothes.

An organised police force

At the start of the First World War, plans were put in place for a better-organised, more identifiable and extensive force – hence Green’s appointment, alongside a pair of sergeants, two corporals and eleven constables, which is still just a fraction of the number employed by the service today. At the time of writing, its payroll runs to around 150 staff.

The most senior member is no longer called Inspector, as Edwin Green was, but Chief Officer. His or her second in command is the Deputy Chief Officer.


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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