More than five months after the abrupt resignation of his successor, Darrin Simons has been officially appointed as the island’s new Commissioner of Police.

The announcement, made by Government House today, marks the first time a Bermudian has headed up the Bermuda Police Service since Michael DeSilva and Jonathan Smith.

Mr Simons, a Deputy Commissioner has been the Acting Commissioner since the abrupt resignation of Stephen Corbishley back in October last year.

According to the statement released earlier today: “This appointment was made 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.”

Governor Rena Lalgie added: “I am 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.

“I am pleased that the new commissioner has come from within the ranks of the Bermuda Police Service,” she added.

“Commissioner Simons is committed to further identifying and cultivating talent within the BPS and continuing to raise professional standards.”

Mr Simons said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Commissioner of Police and thankful to my family, friends and colleagues that have supported and encouraged me all these years.

“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.”

Appointed Deputy Commissioner in March 2019, Mr Simons took the College of Policing’s Strategic Command course in the UK.

On hearing of the appointment, Shadow Minister of National Security, Michael Dunkley, said: “On behalf of my colleagues we extend our congratulations and best wishes to the newly appointed Commissioner of Police.

“Commissioner Simons is a man of good character and integrity and having worked with him during my time as the Premier and Minister of National Security, I am confident he will do a good job in a very demanding position.”

The appointment of Commissioner of Police is made by the Governor under Section 87 of the Bermuda Constitution.

Before making the appointment, in which she was advised by a panel chaired by the Deputy Governor, the Governor is required to consult the Public Service Commission.