States of Jersey Police has announced the appointment of Alison Fossey to Superintendent, Head of Uniformed Services; the first female officer to hold this position in the force.
Having previously held the position on a temporary basis, Alison officially begins her role today [4 January]. Alison joined SoJP in 2002, following 10 years of service with Strathclyde and the Lothian and Borders Police.
Chief Officer Robin Smith said:
“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 SoJP on a permanent basis and I’m very confident others will be inspired to follow in her footsteps.”
“I’m really proud to be heading up SoJP’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.”
While she will retain some of her existing portfolios, Alison will now also oversee Community Policing (including 24/7 response), volume crime investigations, the custody suite, the communications centre, firearms and learning and development.
Following the alterations to the force’s command structure last year, Alison will also act up into the position of Deputy Chief Officer (DCO) on a rotational basis with Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull who acts as DCO from today.