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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

"Jersey's Honorary Police Assist Child Abusers"

Honorary Policeman Daniel Scaiffe, refused to charge child abusers,
Yet couldn't wait to get Stuart Syvret charged.

THERE are two schools of thought in matters concerning the Island’s system of honorary policing.

One says that, in spite of being a tradition rooted in the ancient past, honorary service is still relevant in the modern world. The opposing view suggests that policing is a matter for professionals and that parochial officers have had their day.
The first of these points of view is supported by the many positive things that can be said about voluntary service at parish level. When it operates as it should the honorary system boosts community values, allows individuals to give as well as take from society, relieves pressure on the professional force and ensures that there is police cover for events that might otherwise go unpoliced.
It can also be argued that honorary officers have a special understanding of the communities in which they live and are often able to apply a lighter touch than uniformed officers – though it can also be argued that this is evident chiefly in the country parishes.
Those, meanwhile, who attack the honorary tradition say that present-day policing is no environment for amateurs and that the honorary system can amount to a clique that is not fully representative of the interests and attitudes of the community that it is meant to serve.
There is, perhaps, little prospect of these separate viewpoints ever being reconciled. However, it sometimes seems as if honorary structures are driven to undermine their own credibility and to offer evidence that the system is, indeed, out of touch with modern life rather than stressing the many benefits that it continues to offer the Island and Islanders.
A case in point is the threat of a fine which currently hangs over the Parish of St Helier because it has been unable to find the tenth of the ten Centeniers it is required to have. If the vacancy is not filled, the parish could have to stump up £5,000.
This might be an incentive to action, but it is a perverse one which, through the publicity that accompanies the slap on the wrist, unintentionally reinforces the idea that serving as a Centenier in St Helier is so onerous that the parish must be coerced into a desperate search for someone to fill the vacant post.
What the parish really requires is encouragement and enough leeway to find a truly suitable candidate for an undeniably demanding role rather than accepting anyone, suitable or otherwise, willing to take on the job.


In times past, the Honorary System was, for the most part, a good thing. Within the Honorary Force were some decent, just, and fair officers who would adjudicate charges with some competence and impartiality.

Now, sadly, they just seem to want to charge everyone with as many crimes as is possible, having four or five bites at the same cherry! so to speak.

But when it comes to child abusers, they don't seem to want to charge anyone? Centenier Daniel Scaife who (at the eleventh hour) refused to charge child abusers, the Bonner's.

There is also the case in Feb 2002 whereby the St John's Constable Michael Touzel, along with deputy Phil Rondel, and the local vicar, gave character references to the court to enable a Child Rapist (Brian Downs) to escape a prison sentence!!!

Child Rapist - Taxi Driver Brian Downs

"Is This What We Want For Jersey?"


  1. The man who refused to charge the Bonner's is a disgrace to the Honorary police just a nasty little man

  2. Actually Ian you are correct, but forgot to add that at the Police Station with the Bonner's Danny Scaife was more than willing to do as asked by Lenny Harper and charge them.

    Then the phone call arrived by the lawyer placed by the Attorney General to oversee the police investigation which instructed Scaife NOT to charge them. What was he to do ? It is all written up on either VFC or Stuart Syvret's blogg should you doubt my word.The blame clearly lies higher up the legal chain.

  3. Thank you anon, I remember reading this now you mention it.

    "What was he to do?" In my view, carry on charging them!

  4. Scaife will forever be remembered for what he did or more precisely what he didn't.

  5. Ian.

    I had never heard of Danny Scaife so knew nothing about him. He might have done loads of good in his time and be a hell of a nice guy. But the only thing I know of him, and how he will always be remembered by me, is as that bloke who let two child abusers walk. I am sure there are many others, like myself, that know him for nothing other than letting the abusers walk. Has the lawyer who told him to let the alleged abusers off ever been named or is Danny Scaife going to be the only name remembered for this?

  6. VFC, that is up to Centenier Scaife? He has to live with his decision, and so do the Abuse Victims!

  7. Simon Thomas, 7 Bedford Row. the so called independent lawyer whom the AG tried to place in Lenny Harpers investigation room. On the internet he is advertised as having worked for the Attorney General's office in Jersey, but not in child abuse - financial crime!!

  8. Were these the people that beat children with a cricket bat!! I seem to remember Lenny saying something about this a while back?

  9. I don't know this Mr scaife, but do know about how the system works.
    I cases like this the Centenier can only do as he is told by the legal advisors. A Centenier is just a cost cutting figurehead so the state do not have to pay for a legal prosecutor.
    It can afford £600K for some muppet at the Hospital though.
    Another point is that the States Police do not Police events because a;Man power, b;cost, so if these events could not be Policed then they would'nt happen. I must admit that of these micky mouse events would'nt be missed anyway.
    A States office gets paid over £45k at four year service then much more after.
    Honorary Police with ten years service gets NIL.
    It's not something that I could do, but I take my hat off to them.

  10. Back in the Nuremberg trials, it was clearly established that one cannot use the excuse of, ' I was just following orders'. Mr Scaife is guilty.