After serving as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police since October 2021, Na’imah Astwood has climbed through the ranks to officially take up the post on May 1.

The appointment was announced today by Governor Rena Lalgie, who said Ms Astwood “is the best candidate” for the job.

She will be the first female Deputy Commissioner since the appointment of Roseanda Jones, who held the post from 2005 to 2007.

Ms Astwood joined the Bermuda Police Service in 1994 and was promoted to Superintendent in 2018.

Governor Lalgie said: “There is no doubt that Mrs Astwood is the best candidate to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

“She has the experience and leadership qualities to address the challenges ahead.”

Ms Astwood said: “I am grateful for having been appointed to the role of Deputy Commissioner of the Bermuda Police Service.

“Having begun my career with the BPS as a police cadet at the age of 17, I am excited and look forward to leading the men and women of our organisation as we continue to serve our community, making Bermuda safer.”

During the course of her career, she has served in a number of roles, including serious crime, criminal investigation, community policing and strategic change management.

It was also noted that the position was advertised both locally and abroad, and that the appointment was made “following an open recruitment process in line with best practice”.