Under the headline 'Unique opportunity,' on the Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page, is a job advertisement that begins like this: 'There is a post currently available for a Police Constable on the Isles of Scilly. Quite possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK or even the world, after mine. It only comes around every few years. Amongst other things the successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
'The ability to explain cheerfully in infinite different ways to holiday makers that “No you are not hallucinating I am a real Police Officer” and “Yes there are things for me to do here”.
'The resolve to issue a parking ticket to your spouse so tactfully so as not find dinner in the dog thereafter.'
The advert is typical of the page, combining a witty tone with fascinating observations of island life. This may explain why the it now has nearly 35,000 followers, despite a population on the islands of only just over 2,000.
Posts such as the one below, featuring 'deputy chief constable Mowgli' (a cat), prompted one newspaper to ask if this might not be the best Facebook page ever.