Welcome to the official website of the Bermuda Ex-Police Officer's Association, now known as "Bermie Ex-Po".  Our intention is to provide former and retired members of the Bermuda Police Service with a means of keeping in touch with each other, to record our collective history, and to encourage you to sit down and write about your own personal experiences so they can be recorded for posterity.

roger sherrattOur Committee (CLICK HERE for details) is determined to ensure that "Bermie Ex-Po" is inclusive for all those who have served in the BPS, and through our website we try to bring us all closer together, whether you are still living here in Bermuda or you are many thousands of miles away. 

I feel sure that as you leaf through its pages, our website will hold many fond memories for you, and will hopefully encourage you to let us hear from you. Please feel free to let us have your comments ansd suggestions via our website email address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MESSAGE FROM OUR EXPO PRESIDENT -  FEB 2021

                                          ExPo President Cal Smith

We have just posted a Covid-19 Update  to all of our members from
our ExPo President, Cal Smith. CLICK HERE  to view Cal's message 
 
 
 Important Message about Police Pensions
What happens if ..... ?
 

We recently had a query from one of our colleagues enquiring about what happens to his Bermuda Police pension in the event of his death before his wife.  He wanted to know if his wife automatically receives a portion of his police pension, and if so, what needs to be done to arrange for the benefits to continue. 

He was also concerned because doesn’t have any papers regarding his pension.

If this subject is of concern to you we recommend that you  CLICK HERE  to read our latest article on this subject which details exactly what you or your spouse needs to do, if and when that day comes. 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES  
  
Then and Now -  This is designed specifically for former and retired members of the Bermuda Police to tell their own stories about life in the BPS. It is open to anyone who has served for any length of time, no matter how short, and provides you with an opportunity to relate your personal history. We are keen to illustrate your story with photos if you can provide them.  
 
CLICK HERE for our latest "Then and Now" article featuring retired Sergeant Clive Browne who served in the Bermuda Police from 1980 – 2008, and during that time he worked in Eastern (St. George’s), Operations (Traffic), MCPS, Western Division, Western CID, and COMOPS.  Following retirement Clive returned to his home country of Barbados with his wife and two children where he now owns a small farm, is happily retired, and is in constant touch with some of the former officers from Barbados who have also served in the BPS.
 
CLICK HERE to view our previous “Then and Now” article on Tony Saunders.
 Retired Sgt. Clive Browne
CLICK HERE to view his article

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Hall of Fame  - This section is intended to honour the memories of former colleagues who are no longer with us.  They are usually kindly submitted by family and friends, and we urge the families of our former colleagues to assist us in including their loved ones in our Hall of Fame. 

CLICK HERE  for our latest article about DRA Bettington who served as as Chief of Police  in Bermuda from 1927 – 1933.  We had very little information about COP Bettington until John Skinner was researching  members of the Bermuda Police who served in the Military either before or after being police officers. John discovered the military record of Mr. Bettington together with his service in the Natal Police, and later as Deputy COP of Gold Coast (present day Ghana) before being appointed COP in Bermuda.  The story of Mr. Bettington makes for interesting reading.

Chief of Police DRA Bettington
CLICK HERE for his Hall of Fame article

 

CLICK HERE for our previous article on Inspector Martin Joseph "Joe" Colton who joined the Bermuda Police in 1955 and served until his retirement in 1978. 

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Interesting Articles   -  This column features interesting articles written on a wide range of subjects related to the Bermuda Police Service or personal stories.   We are delighted to receive articles from anyone who wishes to put pen to paper, and will assist with editing where necessary.  You can submit articles and photos by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Our latest article is a report on our first ExPo function to be held in two years due to the Covid pandemic which resulted in cancellation of our annual Summer BBQ's and our annual New Years Reception held in January.  We were finally able to host a Reception and 50th Anniversary Celebration at the PRC on Wednesday 10th November which was very well attended by over 60 of our members and spouses, and particularly those former police officers still residing in Bermuda who joined the BPS 50 years ago.  CLICK HERE for our article on this special celebration at which Her Excellency, Governor Rena Lalgie, paid a surprise visit and spoke personally with our 50th Anniversary group, This was also the first opportunity for Acting Commissioner Darrin Simons to attend one of our ExPo function and give us his full support.  We may have waited for two years but the reception proved to be great success.
 
 Her Excellency, Governor Rena Lalgie, arrived at the PRC accompanied by 
Acting COP Darrin Simons, and ExPo President Cal Smith
 
 CLICK HERE to read our previous article about Larry Dean who served in the BPS for 33 years, mainly in Marine Section but also as an instructor  at the Police Training School for 10 years before retiring in 2017 to take up his present position as Dockmaster at Hamilton Princess Hotel Marina. 
  
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Who, Where and When  -  This column features photographs submitted to us by former colleagues in which we challenge you to tell us who is in the photograph, when was it taken, and where was it taken? We usually give you a couple of weeks to figure out the answers and we then publish the correct results - if known - based on our collective memories. Please either email your answers to us or type in your comments in the "Comments" section below the enlarged photo. Editors note - We are still having problems with our Comments at the bottom of each page, so if you would like to answer the above queries please forward your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CLICK HERE for our latest photo "The More Things Change!" We recently received this "ancient" photo and it won't take a top class detective to figure out where it was taken although it was before our time for most of us.  We believe that many of you will remember one person in particular, and wonder if you can estimate when it was taken, where was it taken, and whether you can recognize anyone else.

CLICK HERE to view "The More Things Change"!

CLICK HERE for our photo of a "Very Special Event".

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Latest News and Press Releases  -   You will see the headings for both of these columns here on our home page,  Latest News usually contains local news, often related to the BPS, that we believe will be of interest.  Press Releases have usually been mainly about Police-related matters but as of now I will try to keep you up-to-date on the cornonavirus crisis locally by referring you to articles in our local media wherever possible.

On behalf of the Bermie Ex-Po Committee we wish all the very best to you and your families, and we trust that our website will provide you with an opportunity to think of good times as you stroll down memory lane.  

Roger Sherratt
Editor
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Under normal circumstances Bermie Ex-Po currently organizes several events each year at the Police Recreation Club, including a summer BBQ and a reception at the Officers Mess in January, and  we have been keen to expand our social events. We are aware that former colleagues from overseas have organized events in their home countries, and are always delighted to assist you in publicizing these get-togethers, whether it is in Canada, the West Indies, the UK, or Down Under. 

You do not need to be a paid up member of Bermie Ex-Po to be able to enjoy our website, but we would encourage all former members of the Bermuda Police normally resident in Bermuda to join our organization. The annual cost of membership is $40, and for persons over 70 it is $20.  Widows and widowers of former officers are honorary members, as are retired civilian staff. We are most grateful to the Police Association for a generous donation that has made the creation of this website possible, but we normally rely on membership fees to keep it active and up-to-date.

COST OF WEBSITE REPAIRS  -  As you may be aware we had a major crash of our website in January 2020 which could not have come at a worse time,  and I want to thank our webmaster Bob MacLean for all he has done and is doing to restore our website so we can keep in touch with you, and so you can keep in touch with each other.  I need to mention that we have incurred considerable expenses during this process, and we will also incur extra expenses going forward in providing extra support and regular back-ups so that any further crashes can quickly be rectified with minimal loss of data.   We are looking at ways to collect funds, perhaps through  voluntary donations from our overseas members, and will keep you informed as we move forward.