The following is a Public Announcement from the St Helena Police Directorate:

The Vehicle Inspector & Driving Examiner would like to advise the public that no Drivers Tests will be held during the festive period from 14 December 2018 through to 7 January 2019.

Any inconvenience caused is regretted and the Police Service thanks the public for their support and cooperation.

15 November 2018

The Police Directorate would like to advise the public that they will hold an Open Day on Thursday, 22 November 2018, at 10am-12noon.

This will give members of the public the opportunity to meet the Police team, see examples, and ask questions about policing. There will also be displays showing the type of work the Police do and the services they offer.

Some of the Police vehicles will also be available to view and to learn more about.

For more information with regards to the Open Day, interested persons can contact Learning & Development Sergeant, Mark Coombe, on tel: 22626, or email:

13 November 2018


Over the weekend of 2 & 3 November, the students were paired up with an experienced Police Officer and went out on patrol. They dealt with a variety of incidents from parking obstructions to dealing with intoxicated members of the public. The debrief on Monday morning highlighted that Policing is diverse and no shift is exactly the same. The students expressed their enjoyment of putting what they have been learning into practice.

Monday, saw the students attending Magistrates Court for a visit, whilst also giving evidence relating to the stop/search exercise they had conducted the previous Thursday. The experience highlighted the importance of taking their time whilst completing paperwork and to pay more attention to detail. Thanks go to the Chief Magistrate for his time during the visit.

On Tuesday, the students were introduced to traffic legislation, exploring the difference between a mechanically propelled vehicle and a motor vehicle. The afternoon saw more scenario training taking place outside of Donny’s Club. Students noted that it is fairly difficult to stop a vehicle in a safe, controlled manner, and then to start applying applicable legislation, ensuring that the correct piece of legislation is used.

On Wednesday, the students took part in the major incident exercise at St Helena Airport.

They then returned to the classroom on Thursday where a guest speaker spoke about Construction & Use offences, how to spot defective windows, wipers, and exhausts.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #InitialPoliceTraining #WeekThree

13 November 2018

Executive Council met today with just one item on the open agenda. This was to consider an increase in fees and charges under the Road Traffic Ordinance 1985.  It was noted that these fees and charges have not increased since April 2013 and that an increase would help to ensure ongoing delivery of SHG services.

Following discussion, Council agreed that the proposed increases which range between 10% to 12% over current rates, should be approved to take effect from 1 December 2018.

Details of these increases will shortly be published in a Legal Notice and via an SHG Press Release.


13 November 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, St Helena Police were unable to attend the Beat Surgeries scheduled for Monday, 5 November 2018 at the various bonfire areas and General Hospital, Jamestown.

The public is therefore advised of the following changes which have been made to the St Helena Beat Surgeries’ schedule for November 2018.

The new dates and times are:

Date Time Venue
Thursday, 15 November  5pm – 7pm Alarm Forest Bus Shelter
Saturday, 17 November 10am – 11.30am Market Square, Lower Jamestown
Saturday, 17 November  1pm – 3pm General Hospital, Jamestown
Monday, 19 November 12.30pm – 3.30pm Phillip John’s Shop and St Paul’s areas
Tuesday, 20 November 4.30pm – 6.30pm Various Blue Hill areas
Thursday, 22 November 5pm – 7pm V2 Paradise, Longwood
Monday, 26 November 11am – 1pm Rupert’s Valley
Tuesday, 27 November 1pm – 5pm Sandy Bay Community Centre


#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing


14 November 2018

The current maritime radio service ‘St Helena Radio’, provided by Sure South Atlantic Ltd, will be handed over to St Helena Police Directorate on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

There will be no change to the current procedures for the maritime community when using the service both here and on Ascension Island.

Provision of the radio service is part of the Police Directorate’s Strategic Plan to move to providing a 24/7 fully staffed control / contact centre for all the Islands Emergency Services and SHG departments. This is in conjunction with establishing a new digital secure emergency services radio network in partnership with Sure South Atlantic Ltd.

Operations and Civil Contingencies Manager, Ian Johnson, said:

“On behalf of SHG, we would like to take the opportunity to thank Sure South Atlantic Ltd for their provision over the years of the radio service as a voluntary commitment from the company in support of the maritime communities here and on Ascension Island.’’

Further information can be provided by Operations and Civil Contingencies Manager, Ian Johnson, via email: or by tel: 25052.

#StHelena #ShipToShoreRadio /


13 November 2018


The monthly meeting of the Public Health Committee was held on Wednesday, 7 November 2018.

A warm welcome was given to new staff within the directorate – Radiographer Jasmine and the Patient Source Team, Damian and Chris, who are here to complete the installation of the new patient electronic record system.

The Chair confirmed his travel plans for the next Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) meeting in December including a visit to patients undergoing treatment in Pretoria while en route. It was confirmed that Cllr Brian Isaac will deputise for the chair in his absence.

The Director of Health updated the committee on the revised three-year Strategic Plan for the health service. Once all plans are agreed and finalised, the committee agreed that a summary will be made available to the public at all health directorate sites in addition to the plan being available online.

An update on the Mental Health Section was presented by the team leader. The Committee noted the ongoing service review, the difficulty in recruiting additional staff, and the plan to widen mental health service to include community-based work for general mental health promotion and resilience.

The committee discussed the Medical Services Organisation (MSO) contract review report and agreed, with the finding, that MSO had met contractual obligations and contributed to cost reduction.

Finally, the Committee reviewed draft legislation on practitioner registration and agreed some changes. A discussion on the proposed review for tobacco legislation concluded that a special meeting will be convened in the near future to discuss this specific subject.

#StHelena #PublicHealthCommittee #MeetingSummary

13 November 2018

A Divine Service, in honour of those who had lost their lives or had been injured during active duty, was held at the Cenotaph in Jamestown on Sunday, 11 November 2018.

Her Excellency Governor Lisa Honan arrived at 10.55am, and The Most Reverend Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba – Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, invited those in attendance to pray, before observing a two-minute silence, signalled by the Last Post which was solemnly played by the Scouts. Following the two-minute silence, the poem ‘Tribute to the Millions’ was read by Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Wreaths were laid by HE Governor Lisa Honan, The Hon Consul (Michel Dancoisne-Martineau) on behalf of The President of the French Republic, the Royal Navy (Father Jack Horner), the Army (Nigel Dollery), the Royal Air Force (Marco Yon), the Merchant Navy (Ethel Benjamin), the St Helena Police Service (Garry Henry), and the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service (Kyle Yon). Several schoolchildren also laid wreaths.

The Right Reverend Allan John Kannemeyer – Bishop of the Diocese of Pretoria read the Lesson and prayers were led by Father David Musgrave, Lieutenant Coral Yon, Elder Brian Joshua and Bishop Elect Dale Bowers. During the Service, hymns were sung, including ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and ‘Praise My Soul the King of Heaven’. The Act of Commitment was made and acts of peace were then offered. The Service concluded with the National Anthem and Blessing, followed by the March-Past outside the Court House.

Remembrance Sunday on St Helena was duly observed and very well attended.

#StHelena #RemembranceSundayService #WeWillRememberThem


12 November 2018


A short Beacon Lighting Ceremony, in tribute to the millions of men and women who died or were injured in World War One (WW1) and to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, was held at Kingshurst Community Centre on the evening of Sunday, 11 November 2018.

The Ceremony began at 18.50pm when Bishop Dale welcomed those in attendance. This was followed by the poem ‘Tribute to the Millions’ read by Nigel Dollery.

At 7pm, the Beacon of Light was lit by the Hon Deputy Speaker, John Cranfield, signalled by the Last Post played on buglers by Scout Leaders Dax Richards and Mark Yon.

During the ceremony, Father Jack Horner led a prayer and reflected on war times and the impacts on people. A Hymn entitled ‘He Who Would Valiant Be’ was also sung and Lieutenant Coral Yon read the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

The ceremony concluded with a blessing by Bishop Dale.

#StHelena #BeaconLighting #RemembranceSunday #WW1 /


12 November 2018


A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am tomorrow, Tuesday 13 November 2018.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Road Traffic (Fees Amendment) 2018

The paper (ExCo Memo) is available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memo should contact the Clerk of Councils, Anthea Moyce, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Clint Beard, Christine Scipio, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting /


12 November 2018