To answer a few more queries.
St Helena Police Service is very small but looks after the entire island, policing, security, immigration and also enforces forestry, fishing and so much more that I keep coming across. The operational side of policing is looked after by the Inspector of Police (this is me so don't say anything you don't want m to hear!), 3 patrol Sgts, 1 D/Sgt and 1 Sgt Community Beat. There are 9 PC's on shift, 2 in CID and 2 on the beat. There are various support staff (civilians). Briefly we also have a Chief of Police (looks after police, prison, fire and rescue, vehicle inspection and tax) and Deputy Chief who looks after Immigration (3 PC's) and Vehicle Inspection.
The applications will be looked at by the senior management team and we will then decide who is best to fit the role. If you are unsuccessful but still keen there is a strong chance that 1 Sgt and 3 PC's will be added to the numbers in October to make up a night shift for 24/7 policing. We need this as the build of the airport is likely to bring up to 600 migrant workers. I would think we only have a work force of about 1500 on the island at the moment, so a massive change is coming. Also, shortly we will be advertising for an experienced Sgt to carry out a specific training role provided essentially by the FCO for a one year contract (watch this space). The current vacancies are open to negotiation to say how long you can work here for, but are on local wages.
Anyway, operational policing is where the vacancies are and that's my area. We are a mini version of a UK rural police service (very mini) but have to wear many hats.
St Helena is not like the Caribbean so don't compare too much. Our crime rate is low with no gangs, virtually no smuggling, drugs are generally limited to Cannabis and beer, no firearm crime but we have a firearms team (training on-going). The local residents are a pleasure to work with, but yes, we as police do see the ugly side of life, no comparison to anything I have worked before. All the bars are regularly patrolled without a fuss and everyone knows everyone. Violent crime detection is running at 95% with 43 crimes since last April............good news if you work in a UK city centre pub. Our overall detection rate is about 70% which is absolutely fantastic.
The more I write the more it sounds great here but life has it ups and downs, so not perfect by any means but............it is an island of opportunity and individuals that have worked here will have there own experiences, good and bad. My wife described it here as like rural Ireland, without the rain/cold. As we worked and lived on the border of Northern Ireland for 7 years I tend to agree. N.I. and Ireland are truly beautiful and the local residents are very friendly, so it is here but you have to set your acceptable level at the appropriate level or you will be frustrated and not adjust to the way of life on the island or in the police service.
You get generally 25 days annual leave and about 9 public holidays(paid triple time!). Shifts are 8 hours and not the best but with the limited staff numbers and no night cover, best we can do for now (8-1600hr, 1600-midnight week days and Sun.......... Fri and Sat 08-20hr and 20hr to 0400hr) Lates you are on call. CID and Community Beat work 0800hr to 1600hr 40 hour week.
The airport is a funny thing and is likely to be built, but who knows. The government are closely working with FCO, DFID to sort a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) but if all goes to plan then it could start next year but I don't know, so don't quote me!
Partners is a difficult one as the pay in the police is not very high and it is difficult, but not impossible to get a work permit here for partners, if not a Saint. It may be decided that if you want to bring your partner (and or children), then they may have to pay for themselves in travel but this hasn't been discussed. As most things here, flexibility is what it is all about.
Accom will be looked at on an individual basis. We have a three bed police house divided into two, so can look after probably 2 PC's and partner, then we would look to rent a private house.
Religion here is a big mix, which in my opinion is a good thing. No one is too pushy and open to what you want to do. Predominantly St Helena is a Christian society. Remember this is a country with old ways but trying to move with the times, so same sex relationships I would think is acceptable but have no experience. I certainly would not stand for any homophobic incidents if they occurred and I am aware of a number of gay people on the island.
Pets can be brought here, as my neighbour did a few months back, but likely to cost £1000-£1500 as they want every injection going, which costs loads. Also the journey can be traumatic and I have heard horror stories so think twice before venturing down the pet route, saying that, my neighbour had a good experience and loves his dog being here.
Just checking to see if missed anything.............. I would say the possibilities are very good here as we have such a young police service who are eager to learn from overseas experience and there is of course promotion potential unlike the current climate of the UK. Again saying all that early days to talk about promotion as you are needed for specific vacancies but if you fit into your role, way of life here and want to stay longer then there is potential (no guarantees as out of my remit)
Must go as my wife is looking at me and its Valentines night!
The almost remotest island in the world (TARIITW)