Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin has appointed Chief Superintendent Stephen Corbishley to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva.
The appointment, announced today, was made “following an open recruitment process in line with international best practice for selecting Chief Officers”.
According to the statement, released this afternoon there were “six candidates of whom 3 were Bermudian”.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Corbishley, who works for Kent Police in South East England, will be appointed for a five-year term.
Mr Rankin said: “I am confident that Chief Superintendent Corbishley will serve Bermuda well in his role as Commissioner of Police over the next five years, bringing to the job a wide breadth of skills and experience.
“Looking forward, I am equally confident that there is leadership potential within the ranks of the Bermuda Police Service and I have tasked the new commissioner to identify and cultivate that talent with a view to strengthening the service at all levels and creating a clear succession plan for posts at the senior command level.”
A Government House spokesman said: “He has a strong and deep level of skills and experience, having held command positions in both operational and crime divisions in UK policing.
“He has considerable strategic experience, including a secondment to the National Crime Agency, which will serve the Bermuda Police Service well as it adapts to emerging global security threats.”
Mr Corbishley was said to be respected for his strong partnership approach to policing and his commitment to developing capability.
The spokesman added one of Mr Corbishley’s priorities is to establish a programme for developing talented Bermuda Police officers with leadership potential to prepare them for senior command positions within the next five years.
Shadow Minister of National Security, Michael Dunkley said tonight that the One Bermuda Alliance “strongly believes that Bermuda should be for Bermudians first and foremost”.
“The provision of hope, opportunity and empowerment at all levels of service is paramount.