The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) would like to advise the public that some recent precautionary tests have returned positive results regarding the presence of asbestos containing material amongst some files within filing cabinets in the Criminal Records Office.

The safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and that of the public remains a main priority for the BPS.

Against this background and out of an abundance of caution – to ensure the protection of our staff and members of the public – a decision has been taken to temporarily suspend operations at the Criminal Records Office until further notice.  

This is pending the completion of additional testing and related assessments aimed at identifying the extent of any potential and possible contamination beyond the files and cabinets already identified and a determination made on the scope of possible abatement works that might need to be undertaken.

The BPS recognises the important role that vetting plays in employment, immigration and other related areas and sincerely regrets this necessary suspension of services at the Criminal Records Office.  

The public is being assured that everything is being done to restore services in a safe and healthy environment for our staff and the public in the shortest possible time.

Therefore, as of Friday, July 6, 2018, no vetting requests will be accepted or processed at the Criminal Records Office until the issues have been appropriately resolved.

Anyone having submitted a vetting request before 2nd July, should contact vetting staff at 247-1513 or via email at

The BPS apologises for any inconvenience this suspension in services may cause.