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Guernsey police celebrates 100th Anniversary

Legal Compliance Officer Trevor Coleman in 1920s uniform and bike, alongside student officer Aimee Le Bachelet in the current uniform Credit: Guernsey Police

It was the year that Alderney got its first, and only, Muratti cup victory. The league of nations was founded and America saw women getting the right to vote.

But for Guernsey 1920 marked the start of the island's police force.

The force was made up of Parish Constables who joined together to form an island wide service.

In 1920, there were 750 vehicles on Guernsey’s Roads, meaning the force dealt with just 46 traffic collisions, now that number is considerably more.

The occasion was due to be marked by a parade and visit from Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police chief, later in the month. That has since been cancelled due to coronavirus.

100 years ago the world was coming to terms with the pandemic of the Spanish Flu and there is a slight irony to the situation we find ourselves in now – but the Island Police is here to keep our community safe and to work with our partners on the island to protect all our population.

– Ruari Hardy - Guernsey Police Chief Officer