Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley today responded to the public backlash prompted by a social media post published by a female police officer.

In a statement released this afternoon, he said: “The Bermuda Police Service(BPS) acknowledges the anger and frustration that has arisen as a result of the disturbing social media post by an officer of the Bermuda Police Service.

“That image is not in line with the core values and ethos of the BPS.

“The officer in question has been suspended and the disciplinary process has commenced.

“I have always maintained that diversity and inclusion are the hallmark of a well-balanced community and organisation.

“During my time as Commissioner I have sought to promote embracing our differences and celebrating our commonalities,” he added.

“It is clear that there is still work that must be done and I am committed to ensuring we as an organisation, understands the value that everyone brings to this community.”

As first reported by TNN on Saturday the BPS confirmed that the officer in question has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Few details were released late Saturday night, but the Commissioner said at that point in time that “police officers are expected to uphold the highest standards of professional behaviour on and off duty.

““Several officers brought the matter subject to investigation, to the attention of the BPS, Professional Standards Department.
“That reflects the commitment to address acts of misconduct by the service at all levels.”
Meanwhile, the photographs of the officer involved and her post have been posted on social media, backed by angry comments, with some residents calling for this officer to be terminated.
Others questioned whether or not she is being paid while on suspension, and if so, they called for her salary to be cut while the internal investigation takes place.
In any case, the BPS has confirmed that the disciplinary process is now underway.