The US Consul General Karen Grissette met with the Detective Constable McKeon Stevens of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) on Thursday (May 11), to congratulate him, before he heads out for Washington DC next week.

Mr Stevens is about to embark on fully funded US Secret Service training “opportunity” geared to strengthen existing relationships” with Bermuda.

“I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to the experience,” said DC Stevens, an 18-year veteran of the Bermuda Police Service.

The US Consul General has prioritized further deepening the already strong security partnership with Bermuda during her tenure. 

“I am honored to congratulate DC McKeon Stevens on his selection for this training opportunity with security counterparts from across the United States and around the world.

“We were delighted the US Secret Service opened enrollment to an officer from Bermuda.  This course is yet another demonstration of our commitment to working collaboratively with Bermuda to confront security challenges and to strengthen the special US-Bermuda relationship,” she said.

“The US Secret Service is an active participant in the global law enforcement community and joins in-stride with our partners’ efforts on any opportunity to achieve the highest levels of public safety and security,” said US Secret Service New York Field Office Special Agent in Charge Patrick J Freaney.

“The invaluable information exchange and sharing of best practices amongst the Secret Service and local law enforcement leaders from around the world serves to only benefit the global collective, and I am grateful to the Bermuda Police Service for their partnership.”

The selection of Detective Constable Stevens, who is part of Bermuda’s Special Branch Intelligence Division, was affirmed and supported by Detective Superintendent Sean Field Lament, the officer in charge of the Specialist Investigations Division with the BPS.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels took the opportunity to thank Ms Grissette for affording a member of the BPS a place on this “prestigious” seminar.

“This will not only improve our partnership working, but additionally the interoperability across law enforcement agencies, particularly when US dignitaries are visiting the island,” he said.

He also extended his congratulations to Constable McKeon Stevens on his selection and the unique opportunity to enhance his skills and knowledge.