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Police appoint first female Superintendent

Monday 04 January 2021

Police appoint first female Superintendent

A Police officer who has spent nearly 20 years serving the island has become the first woman to be appointed to the permanent role of Superintendent in Jersey's force.

Alison Fossey joined the States of Jersey Police in 2002 after 10 years of service with Strathclyde and the Lothian and Borders Police.

Now Head of Uniformed Services, the new Superintendent will oversee Community Policing (including 24/7 response), volume crime investigations, the custody suite, the communications centre, firearms and learning and development, as well as retaining some of her existing portfolio.

She will also be stepping into the position of Deputy Chief Officer - a role that will be held on a rotational basis with Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, who is taking it on from today.


Pictured: Alison Fossey and Stewart Gull will hold the role of second-in-command at the Police on a rotational basis.

The senior staffing changes follow the departure of long-serving Deputy Designate James Wileman, who left the force at the end of last year to pursue a new career with Jersey Sport.

Police Chief Robin Smith said of Superintendent Fossey's promotion: "Alison first and foremost is an experienced and highly skilled senior police officer and I'm delighted to welcome her back to the Senior Management Team on a permanent basis.

"She has enormous credibility, is hugely knowledgeable in both uniformed and detective roles and will be instrumental in the delivery of our strategic priorities, ensuring we continue to deliver the high-class policing service the island knows and rightly expects. Alison is also the first female superintendent to be promoted in the States of Jersey Police on a permanent basis and I'm very confident others will be inspired to follow in her footsteps."


Pictured: Jersey's Police Chief said he was "very confident" other women would follow in the new Superintendent's footsteps in taking up senior roles in the force.

Superintendent Fossey added: "I'm really proud to be heading up the States of Jersey Police's Uniformed Services.

"Following a recruitment drive last year, and the recent expansion of our Community Policing Team, there is a lot of work going on in the force's response side of policing which I'm delighted to now be leading."

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Posted by PhilipLe Claire24 on
Absolutely fabulous news! Congratulations!
Posted by June Summers Shaw on
This is very good news for the island and hopefully there will be many more internal appointments to follow. Succession planning is not always something that the Government of Jersey has been particularity good at.
Congratulations to Superintendent Fossey on her appointment.
Posted by Scott Mills on
Well that's the quickest U-turn ever: 31/12/20 ( "What we introduced just as we were coming out of lockdown is, as you will know, the Government quite rightly is going to have to make some pretty significant savings and efficiencies, largely a result of the cost of covid. I decided that temporarily we would not recruit to a Deputy Chief Officer (DCO) post, largely because the salary with all costs for a DCO equates to three Police Constables.

My determination is to reduce the amount of senior leader overheads and costs, with a view to investing that saving into frankly what the public will see more of. So the recruitment of a DCO post, it's been postponed, and what I have now currently is one of the superintendents, in what I describe as the designated deputy, which James is and was when he leaves."

Or am I missing something here, that she'll also be given acting up pay for the DCO position (on rotataion basis).
Posted by Christopher Stephenson on
Top class appointment - congratulations Alison
Posted by Ruth Smith on
This is wonderful news and so well deserved Alison! You were destined for great things. Your work ethic and knowledge have paid off! Enjoy! Ruth x
Posted by JM24 on
Yes Scott Mills you are missing something
Congratulations Alison - well deserved.
Posted by Tom Brown on
28 yrs serving the public, many congratulations. Scott Mills , re your comment , I may be interpenetrating the announcement in a different way from you ,but it seems a job share in addition to existing role. IE they are taking on extra responsibilities.
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