News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Police Service has recently had a new addition to its vehicle fleet. Members of the western community may well have seen Parish Officer Donna Desilva going about her duties in a new ECO EV1 vehicle.
PC Desilva was able to garner public support and worked alongside Mr. Richard Simon of local company ECO to obtain a new patrol vehicle which now bears our recognizable Battenberg design.
Mr Simon said: “A few years ago, PC Desilva came to me with an idea for a vehicle dedicated to community policing in Sandys and suggested that the vehicle be an electric vehicle. She indicated that she would seek community support in obtaining the vehicle. Impressed by her dedication and sincerity, I offered one of our ECO EV1 cars at a discounted price.
“It took some time, especially given the many months lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she eventually reached out to advise that the necessary financial support was in place.
“I am proud to have played a small part in this endeavour.”
PC Desilva said: “I am most thankful and appreciative for the support received from the public to have this vehicle available for use by the Community Policing Team. It certainly cannot be overlooked that gree’ initiatives, whilst global in impact, are so very important and recognized locally. This electric vehicle will allow for Parish Officers to better serve the community.”
Commissioner Simons said: “This is a really wonderful example of the community and the police working together to address concerns and solve problems. I am particularly encouraged about the ‘go green’ aspect of this initiative, as it gives the Bermuda Police Service the opportunity to explore how we can integrate electric vehicles into our fleet.
“Thank you and well done to PC Desilva and our community partners.”