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The Home Department has announced that Mr Patrick Rice has been appointed as the Head of Law Enforcement in Guernsey, and will take up the post from 1 January 2013.

The new Head of Law Enforcement post will provide operational oversight of both the Police and the Guernsey Border Agency, ensuring even more closely aligned work between the two organisations.

The Board has made the appointment after interviews took place on 17 December 2012, before a panel consisting of the Minister for the Home Department Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq; the Chief Minister Deputy Peter Harwood; the Chief Officer of the Home Department Paul Whitfield; the States Chief Executive Mike Brown; and the States Chief Corporate Resources Officer Simon Elliott.

Patrick Rice, Guernsey's Head of Law Enforcement-designate, said:

"I am delighted to have been given this opportunity and challenge. I want to build on the firm foundation Rob Prow has provided for the GBA. Both the Police and the GBA face the same financial challenges as other States departments and our focus must be on securing efficiencies to ensure that front line services are protected and enhanced. I am looking forward to working with colleagues in Guernsey Police, the GBA, and the Home Department Board in meeting these objectives."

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Minister for the Home Department and Deputy Chief Minister, said:

"I welcome the appointment of Patrick, and he will have the full support of the Home Department Board. Given his track record I am sure that he will tackle the challenges ahead effectively and successfully. Personally, I would like to thank Rob for his excellent leadership of the GBA over the past 8 years. The strong performance of both organisations enables this forward looking structure to be put in place at this time.

"The decision to create the single post of Head of Law Enforcement was taken to create even greater alignment between the Police and the GBA. Whilst a great deal of joint working between the Police and the GBA is already in place, this change is about driving forward further collaboration and if necessary doing things differently, so that Guernsey has the most effective and efficient law enforcement structure possible"

Biography of Patrick Rice


Mr Rice joined the City of London Police on the 17th July 2006. His previous police service was with Essex Police which he joined in 1978. Mr Rice served in a variety of posts which included Uniform, CID, Operation Division and a secondment with the Metropolitan Police Service.

In 1998 he was promoted to Superintendent and became the Head of Community Safety. His responsibilities included leading the force's response to the Crime and Disorder Act, which included establishing Youth Offending Teams, the Drugs Arrest Referral Scheme and the force's response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.

Mr Rice was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2000 and appointed Divisional Commander at Tendring. In 2002 he was seconded to HMIC as a Basic Command Unit inspector for London and the Eastern Region.

He attended the 2004 Strategic Command Course, and holds a LLB (Hons) from Anglia Ruskin University, and post graduate diplomas from Manchester and Cambridge Universities in Advanced Organisational Management and Criminology.

Mr Rice was appointed Commander of the City of London Police in July 2006 and was responsible for Support Services which included: Professional Standards, Corporate Communications, Human Resources and Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

Mr Rice conducted a review of the high profile horse racing corruption investigation after the trial collapsed at the Old Bailey.

Mr Rice also led Operation Orchard, a gang related homicide investigation. Overwhelming evidence was collected resulting in guilty pleas and subsequent long terms of imprisonment. Mr Rice was integral to the successful conclusion of Operation Orchard and if it were not for his didactic approach to the case a highly intricate and organised crime group would still exist.

In September 2010 Mr Rice was appointed to the post of Chief Officer Guernsey Police.

Mr Rice is married with two children, Dominic and Daniel, both of whom attend Elizabeth College.