Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Syvret arrest: ‘We could have acted differently’
Superintendent André Bonjour
A SENIOR States police officer has admitted that with hindsight, the force could have done things differently when they arrested former Health Minister Stuart Syvret.
Head of operations Superintendent André Bonjour said that officers ‘may have taken a different course of action’.
At a hearing this week in which Mr Syvret’s appeals against convictions for data protection, contempt and motoring offences were rejected, Commissioner Sir Christopher Pitchers said that the Royal Court believed the police should not have raided the former Senator’s house, arrested him and kept him in custody.
Instead, he said, they should have invited Mr Syvret to police headquarters for questioning, and if he failed to co-operate, then arrest him.
Article posted on 10th August, 2011 - 2.57pm
01 July 2011
André Bonjour, one of Jersey’s longest serving police officers, has been promoted to become the new Superintendent, Uniformed Operations for States of Jersey Police. His new role is one of two superintendent posts in the senior management structure of States of Jersey Police, giving him strategic responsibility for response and reassurance policing in the Island.
Superintendent Bonjour joined the States of Jersey Police in March 1981 and during more than 30 years of service he has acquired experience in almost every aspect of policing. He was promoted to sergeant in 1989, inspector in 1994 and chief inspector in 2000. During his service, he has broadened his experience and specialist expertise on several deployments outside the Island:
In 1998, he was selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Course and spent 11 weeks at the FBI training academy at Quantico, Virginia, studying various aspects of police management including leadership, ethics and decision making; forensic science for police administrators; stress management; comparative U.S. Government institutions and contemporary issues in drugs law enforcement.
From September 1999 to February 2000, Superintendent Bonjour was seconded to the National Operations Faculty, Bramshill, where he worked with the critical incident team. He was tasked with becoming the Faculty’s representative on a human rights review of the 'ACPO Manual of Guidance on the Police Use of Firearms' and had exposure to critical incident training ahead of the millennium event.
Since 2000, he has also been seconded to Kent, Greater Manchester and the Metropolitan Police Forces. He is trained in the management of firearms incidents, disaster and civil emergency and major incident rooms. He has been Acting Superintendent since June 2010.
Superintendent Bonjour said, "I am delighted to have been appointed to the post of Superintendent Operations and I look forward to working as part of a cohesive management team providing leadership and support to officers and staff so they can continue to deliver an excellent policing service to the public. Working with our honorary police colleagues and other partner agencies I welcome the opportunity to improve visibility and reassurance to the public whilst also seeking to reduce crime further. There are undoubtedly going to be challenges ahead but there are also opportunities for us to change the way we police for the better.”
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André Bonjour is the Superintendent - Head of Uniformed Operations at the States of Jersey Police.
Uniformed Operations covers the 5 uniformed shifts at the States of Jersey Police, as well as the Operational Support Unit, which supports community events.
Both areas are the responsibility of a Chief Inspector, with the Superintendent taking the strategic lead on the uniformed operational resources available throughout the organisation all year round.
The Superintendent for Uniformed Operations, with his counterpart in Crime Services, sits on the Strategic Tasking and Co-ordinating Group, is a Gold Commander for major incidents and events and the Force lead member of Jersey's Community Safety Partnership along with many other responsibilities.