Bermuda’s new Commissioner of Police, Darrin Simons, was officially sworn in at Government House yesterday, surrounded by family and friends.

Joined by the Deputy Premier and the Minister of National Security, Governor Rena Lalgie said: “The job of Commissioner of Police is an important one which includes not just the overall responsibility for leading the Bermuda Police Service but also a responsibility for creating a vision and setting a direction and culture within the Service that builds public and organisational culture.”

On that note, she added: “I am confident that Mr Simons has the requisite skill, commitment and experience to carry out these responsibilities to excellent effect and I believe that he will prove a firm, consistent and modern leader of the Bermuda Police Service.”

The official announcement was made by Government House on March 17, “following an open recruitment process in line with international best practice for selecting chief officers”.

“Eight candidates, of whom two were Bermudian, were shortlisted for interview.”

When the announcement was made, the Governor Rena said she was “confident that Mr Simons will serve Bermuda well in his role as Commissioner of Police, bringing to the job a breadth of skills and experience and a deep-seated passion for service to the people of Bermuda”.

While noting that he “has come from within the ranks of the Bermuda Police Service”, she said: “Commissioner Simons is committed to further identifying and cultivating talent within the BPS and continuing to raise professional standards.”

On his appointment, the new Commissioner said: “Raising trust and confidence in the police, both within the community, as well as the organisation, are critically important to me.

“Following 28 years of service, I am committed to leading the BPS and working alongside our amazing women and men to provide a service we can all be proud of.”

Having worked through the ranks of the service over 28 years, Mr Simons rose to the rank of superintendent in 2015 and moved up to deputy commissioner status in March 2019.