Police Advising Employers To Check Staff References

police station 4St Mary’s Police are urging island business owners to thoroughly check references when hiring staff from the mainland or abroad.

On Wednesday a man was escorted off the islands after officers learned that there was a warrant out for his arrest.

The male, aged in his 30s, had been working as a chef on St Mary’s for a month.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says police were contacted after some islanders became concerned when looking at the worker’s past online.

Colin says this was a complicated operation. When there’s a warrant out for an arrest officers on the mainland would normally take the offender into custody.

In Scilly our police officers can’t easily accompany someone to Camborne Police station in case the police get stranded if the weather worsens.

Colin says the arrest required meticulous planning and took several days to organise, including booking flights for mainland officers to travel over to the islands.

Colin says nearly every year someone tries to ‘hide away’ in Scilly.

He suggests that employers research their recruits, either through official channels or via social media on the internet, because he can’t give them notice of an impending arrest even though it could adversely affect their business.

Yesterday at Bodmin Magistrates Court, 35-year-old Daniel Stokes of Broughton Astley in Leicestershire received a £400 fine for a Breach of Suspended Sentence Order.



5 Responses to Police Advising Employers To Check Staff References

  1. Jeff Eastick November 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    It could probably have been more clearly written.

  2. Jeff Eastick November 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Pru,
    Think you have misread my message. If any was to read all , perhaps you would see that I totally agree with you.

    • Pru November 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      Could it be that you miswrote your original comment suggesting that we should ‘not’ check any references??

  3. Jeff Eastick November 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Should we not check ANY reference as a matter of course rather than taking the easy way out , especially after recent events.

    • Pru November 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Jeff,
      Surely determining ‘not’ to check references is the easy way out? I would have thought ensuring that ALL reference were scrutinised for there reliability and accuracy would be a safer course of action?