'Significant reduction' in anti-social behaviour over weekend in Jersey

Jersey's police force says it saw a "significant reduction" in anti-social behaviour over the weekend.

More police officers and youth workers were put on duty as part of 'Operation Rockpool'. It aimed to tackle the growing issues of poor behaviour, public drunkenness and littering.

22 arrests were made, four of which were attributed to Operation Rockpool, and one of those was aged under 18.

We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the public and it’s clear that they, as us, feel that there has been a marked change in behaviour this weekend. It wasn’t entirely without issue but in the main people acted responsibly. Where there were problems we were able to deal with them quickly and effectively. I would particularly like to thank our young people, and their parents and guardians. I think we were right to highlight the growing issues with a minority of younger islanders but it’s clear that they have listened to advice and this has been to the benefit of the Island as a whole. We’ve clearly seen this weekend that it’s possible to enjoy this fine weather and our amazing outside spaces in a responsible and considerate way. I really hope this can continue in the coming weeks and months.

Chief Inspector Mark Hafey, States of Jersey Police

The police will now review recent activity and Operation Rockpool to decide how to approach policing next weekend and over the coming weeks.