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Ideal job? Ascension Island seeks new police inspector

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to find a new job – and you are not averse to living in a remote location – then the following might provide inspiration.

As long as you are a trained police officer, that is.

One of Britain’s most remote overseas territories – with a population of just 850 – is looking for a new police inspector.

The successful candidate will be posted to the volcanic, sub-tropical Ascension Island which lies in the South Atlantic, roughly halfway between western Africa and eastern Brazil.

Police on another British island, St Helena, have advertised for an inspector to lead a small team of officers.

Ascension island from the sea
Ascension island viewed from the sea

In addition to a £28,000 yearly salary, there is a food allowance of £6,054 per year (£3,054 if unaccompanied) and the use of a car.

There is also one return airfare home for the officer and their family, rent-free housing with electricity and water allowances, plus free dental and medical care.

“If you are interested in leading a small team of officers delivering a public service-focused police and immigration service to a small island community, this is an ideal opportunity for you,” says the advert on the Ascension Island website.

A two-year contract begins in February or March 2018. Candidates must have a British passport.

Any criminals the new recruit pursues will not have far to run, because the island covers only 34 square miles.

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