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Black History Month Trailblazer: Inspector Charlene Thompson

Tue, 2021-02-23

Today's Black History Month Trailblazer: Inspector Charlene Thompson

Charlene joined the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) in April 1995, and was a graduate from Recruit Foundation Course #50. She was also awarded the coveted “Baton of Honour” as the Best Overall Recruit.

During her employment with the BPS, she has held several key positions including, the Criminal Investigations Department, Community and Juvenile Services, Serious Crime Unit, OIC Training Department and the Organised and Economic Crime Division.

Another first for Charlene was to be the first female Police Inspector, Guard Commander to lead the BPS Guard in the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade celebration. More recently she was posted as OIC Roads Policing/Airport Unit and is presently posted to the Commissioner’s Office on Special Projects.

In addition to her policing duties, Charlene is the mother of two young ladies Jasmine and Kiara and three grandchildren, ages 11, 9 and 2 years old.

She spends her weekends baking the best culinary goods, sewing or quilting, bed spreads and handbags, all of which she donates to local charities.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Sergeant Fiona Miller

Tue, 2021-02-23

Today's Black History Month Trailblazer: Sergeant Fiona Miller

Sergeant Miller is a Bermudian Officer who joined the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) in June 1991. During her varied tenure as a Police Officer, Fiona has served in a number of key positions within the BPS. She has received specialist training and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June 2005.

She holds the distinction of in 2001, becoming the first BPS Female Motor Vehicle Driving Instructor and remains active to date.

Fiona is also a member of the BPS Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She has held post as OIC Cadet Training as well as a Recruitment Officer for the Service and has been a member of the recruitment team that has travelled to the UK, Canada and the Caribbean to recruit officers for the BPS.

In her present posting as Sergeant in the Court Liaison Office she continues to coach and mentor her staff and maintains excellent working relationships with BPS stakeholders and partners working in Bermuda’s Criminal Justice and Court systems.

In June 2021, Fiona will celebrate 30 years of service to the people of Bermuda. In addition to her policing duties, Fiona is an Executive Member of the Bermuda Bicycling Association and a social member of the Winners Edge Bicycle Club.

COVID-19 Regulations Reminder for Liquor Licenced Premises

Tue, 2021-02-23

Since the lifting of the curfew and extension of opening hours for bars and restaurants, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), has already had to issue two 24-hour closure orders to liquor licensed establishments for failing to adhere to COVID-19 regulations as they relate to bars and nightclubs.

Martin Weekes the Assistant Commissioner of Police – Operations, said: “It is not our intention nor our desire to be closing businesses during these already difficult times. However, the government has issued regulations that must be adhered to in order to prevent the spread of the novel Corona Virus, COVID-19.

The BPS will continue to work with the owners and operators of bars, nightclubs and restaurants to gain compliance with the stated guidelines.

Bullet Recovered

Mon, 2021-02-22

An off duty police officer reported that just after 2:40 p.m. on Sunday 21st February, 2021, he was approached by a member of the public who handed him a live bullet. It is believed that the bullet was found in the Harlem Heights area of Hamilton Parish.

On duty officers recovered the bullet, which will be forensically processed.

Suspicious Activity

Around 9:55 p.m. on Saturday 20-Feb-2021, Police received information that two men wearing all black clothing, were repeatedly seen riding around the area of Harlem Heights Road in Hamilton Parish on a black motorcycle.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Inspector Emmerson Carrington

Fri, 2021-02-19

Today's Black History Month Trailblazer: Inspector Emmerson Carrington

Emmerson who was born in Barbados joined the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) in June 2003. He has held several key postings within the BPS, inclusive of a Training School Instructor, Traffic Collision Investigator and Firearms Incident Commander.

He was promoted to the rank of Inspector in January 2011. His present posting is the BPS Offender Risk Management Team Coordinator and he continues to works closely with our sister services and other helping agencies.

In addition to his policing duties, Emmerson is an avid sportsman and was the head of the BPS Bowling Team, the Blue Lanterns in the local bowling league. In 2013, he organized and led a team of BPS Athletes to the World Police and Fire Games, held in Belfast, Ireland, where they won several silver and bronze medals.

Since 2010, he has been a member of the Bermuda Cricket Board Umpires Association, and currently holds an Executive position of Assistant Secretary. He has officiated in International World Cup T20 Matches and since 2014, he has been the Senior Umpiring Official in Bermuda’s Annual Cup Match Classic.

Having become a cricket umpire, for the years 2014, 2017, 2018 and most recently in 2019, Emmerson was awarded the coveted title of BCB Cricket Umpire of the Year.

Reported Robbery in Paget & Man Arrested for Warrants Plus Bladed Article

Thu, 2021-02-18

Robbery

Around 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday 17th February, 2021, Police responded to a report of a robbery which occurred at the junction of Ord Road and Cherry Hill Park, Paget.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant a nineteen-year-old woman who told officers she was riding east on Ord Road, taking her sixteen-year-old friend to school when as they neared the junction with Cherry Hill Park, a white motorcycle with two unknown men approached them.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Former Inspector Edward "Bosun" Swainson

Thu, 2021-02-18

Today’s Black History Month Trailblazer: Former Inspector Edward “Bosun” Swainson

Inspector Edward R. “Bosun” Swainson made history when he scored the first century in Cup Match in 1937, and he went on to become a legendary police officer who was our first black officer to be promoted to the rank of Inspector.

Edward was born in Bermuda in 1901. As a young man he proved to be an outstanding all-round sportsman and was clearly an exceptional cricketer who joined St George’s C.C. at the age of 15, and by 1925 he was appointed captain of St. George‘s Cup Match team.  

It is a little known fact that during the 1920’s Bermuda would regularly send teams of our best “coloured” cricketers to New York to compete against teams from the West Indies. After his brilliant performances during a 1927 tour, it was said of Bosun that he “… gave such an exhibition of masterly batting as evoked the plaudits of the most sophisticated critics, who acclaimed him when he first played in New York, as the finest batsman seen in New York since the Australians visited the country over 20 years ago.” High praise indeed!

“Bosun” or “Bo” as he became known, joined the Police Force in 1935, and quickly established his reputation as a resourceful and excellent police officer. Two years later he scored 122 runs to achieve the first century in Cup Match, and he almost repeated this feat the next year when he scored 99. 

By 1945, “Bosun” had also proven his ability as a highly efficient investigator, and he was appointed as a Detective.  Three years later, in May 1948 “Bosun” was promoted to Detective Sergeant, and less than 12 months later he made history when he was promoted to Detective Inspector becoming the first black Bermudian to reach the rank of Inspector.

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