Interesting Articles

This section features interesting articles written by former colleagues on a wide range of subjects related to the Bermuda Police Service or recounting personal experiences.   We are delighted to receive articles from anyone who wishes to put pen to paper, and will assist with editing where necessary.

 

 

The BPS website has recently started creating a series of “Profiles in Excellence” highlighting the careers of outstanding serving police officers who are a credit to the Bermuda Police Service.

We will be publishing these profiles because many of our ExPo members will have served with these officers when they first joined the Police Service,  and we thought you might be interested in and impressed by how well they have progressed in their careers.

This article is about Inspector Kenten Trott, and during an interview with Kenten  I discovered that he has a direct family connection with two of our  ExPo members.  I also asked Kenten if any particular police officers had been especially  helpful or inspirational to him during his early days.

Here is the article as published on the BPS website, followed by some additional comments from Kenten.

 

Meet Inspector Kenten Trott

 Inspector Kenten Trott

 

I am a proud father of 3 children who mean the world to me. I am a graduate of The Berkeley Institute and Rotary Exchange Student (Ecuador, 2003). I was raised in St. David’s, Bermuda and I love being a Bermudian. I am a God-fearing Christian. Outside of Policing most of my time is spent with my children/family/loved ones and I am an avid motocross racer.

Kenten in action at Motocross

 

I joined the Police on the 16th of April 2007, so I have been an officer for just over 13 years. The most exciting and rewarding career decision I have ever made was becoming a Police Officer.

I am the Detective Inspector of the Serious Crime Unit. I am also the Cybertips lead for the BPS.

The Serious Crime Unit deals with the most heinous and as the name suggests “serious” crimes that occur in Bermuda. My role brings value to the community as we conduct quality focused investigations that demonstrate care and compassion for victims/witnesses and with the intention of bringing offenders to justice. 

I take my role very seriously, and although it might sound cliché, I joined the Police for the sole purpose of making a difference in my community. Bermuda has always been and will always be my home, and I am blessed to be able to spend every day making my island a safer place.

My personal values are: Respect for all, accountability, integrity, courage, professionalism, confidentiality, faith. Although I am not perfect (no one is), I pride myself on the fact that each day I strive to be a little better than I was the day before.

I am a part of SPS.bm which is Support Public Schools Bermuda; a member of the Bermuda Motocross Club; and part of a group of young people trying to make positive change in Bermuda. At the moment because Policing keeps me so busy, my main priority outside of Policing is my children. As a result I temporarily stepped back from many of the community initiatives I was a part of to ensure that whenever I am off I spend quality time with my children.

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Kenten attended the Recruit Foundation Course No. 69 (formely called Basic Training Courses) from June – October 2007, and on graduation he was awarded the Baton of Honour and the Academic Award.

 Recruit Foundation Course No. 69

Back row -   P.C's Kenten Trott, R. Bailey, J. Looby, K. Bennett, D. Sweet, L. Stovell,
S. Furbert, T. Trott, V. Furbert, A. Gilbert, S. Roy and I. Morrell
Front row -  P.C. Rutland (Staff) P.S. Burgess, Insp. Steven Donnelly,
Michael Trott (HRM), ACOP Carlton Adams, COP George Jackson, DCOP Roseanda Jones,
ACOP Bell, J. Robinson (Drill), and C/Insp Anthony Mouchette
 
 Young P.C. Kenten Trott graduates Recruit Foundation Course #69
with the Baton of Honour and the Academic Award

 

When asked about who influenced him to join the BPS he had no hesitation in saying, “My grandparents, Juanita and Steve Shaw were definitely two people that influenced my decision to join the Bermuda Police Service. As a young boy growing up I saw how hardworking, dedicated and community oriented my Grandparents were as Police Officers, and I knew I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. 

 
Newly promoted Insp. Kenten Trott with his
Grandparents Juanita and Steve Shaw

 

“When I initially applied to the Bermuda Police Service,  I did not tell anyone until I was informed that I was successful in my application. They were pleasantly surprised when I told them, and from that day until now my grandparents have constantly provided me with support, encouragement and an ear to listen. 

“Although they were already retired when I joined, I ensure that every day I carry their legacy and positive attitude in my role as Inspector in the BPS. I consider them to be my biggest inspiration and mentors in my career.     

“Retired Chief Inspector 454 Calvin Smith is someone who also assisted in my development from very early in my career in the Criminal Investigation Department and then the Serious Crime Unit. 

Retired Chief Insp. Calvin Smith

(Editors note -   Calvin Smith is currently serving as President of the Bermuda Ex-Police Officers Association and is doing an excellent job.)

“One person I definitely must mention (God rest his soul) is Sergeant 475 Gregory Grimes who sadly passed away in December 2016. He was a mentor, colleague, and role model who became a friend. As a newly promoted Sergeant, he took me under his wing and helped me to become the supervisor that I am today. 

Sgt Gregory Grimes 

Editors note - Please  CLICK HERE for an extensive article on the Late Sgt Gregory Grimes in our 'Hall of Fame'. 

Inspector Kenten Trott with his son Kenzo and his parents Stanley
Trott and Kennita Allchin.  Kenten has two other children Kayla and Kingsten
 
 
It is clear that Inspector Trott is a most conscientious and dedicated police officer.  He is devoted to his three children and to his family and his fiancé Geormeeka.  Kenten and Geormeeka are getting married later this year.   He is also devoted to the Bermuda Police Service and is carrying on the legacy of his grandparents who displayed exactly the same qualities during their service in the BPS.
 

6th January 2021

50th Anniversary Year  -  1971 - 2021

 

2021 will mark a significant milestone for all those young recruits who joined the Bermuda Police 50 years ago, during the year 1971.  A check of our records (shown below) indicates that a total of 69 young men and woman joined during 1971,

Sadly, some are no longer with us, and to the best of our knowledge they are Alexander “Sandy” Duncan,  Malcolm Edwards, Colin MacDonald, Noel “Ben” Linton,  Robert “Bob” ‘Spare Parts” McDonagh, Graham Waring, Russell Delahaye, Phil Every, Andrew Hall, and Kim Ingemann.

Those who are still with us will hopefully be looking back and celebrating their 50th Anniversary since joining the Police, or arriving on Island to do so.  Anniversaries are usually events to be celebrated but organizing any kind of anniversary function at the moment is no doubt completely out of the question, but we are starting a “blog” on our website in which all who are still with us  can write in and let us know where you are and what you’re doing these days, and maybe also give us your recollections of those balmy early days. CLICK  HERE for the blog in our “Interesting Articles “column.

Looking at our list the first group of recruits joined on 1st or 2nd March  1971 and these were-   Ken Blow, Dave Burley, Alexander Duncan, Cliff Harries, Malcolm Marlowe, Ernie McCreight, Martin Pearson, Frank Rogers, Peter Swann, Michel Chitty, Ian Claridge, Malcolm Edwards, Colin MacDonald, Moby Pett, Bernie Pitman, Pete Shaw, and Tony Taylor.  These were all trained officers so they would have attended a localization Course. Unfortunately,  our Police Training School hardly ever took official photos of Localisation Courses which means we’ll have to rely on individual officers to provide us if possible with photos of their early days on Island. 

Out of that group we still have four still here in Bermuda  -  Moby Pett , Ernie McCreight, Pete Shaw, and Bernie Pitman.

The next major intake was at the beginning of June when 19 young men and women attended Basic Training Course No. 14 held from June – September 19871 as can be seen in their course photo below. 

Basic Training Course No. 14  June - September 1971

Top Row (l-r)  Roderick "Roddy" Barclay, Brian Parkin, Louis D'Olivera, Christopher "Chris" Wilcox, 
Martin Bowe, Kensley McDowell, Vernson Mills, Douglas Joslyn
Middle Row -  Martin Johnson, Noel "Ben" Linton, Kenneth Wright, 
Kim Ingemann (Cadet) Gordon Farquar,  Carrol Latchman, Ishmael Daniel
Seated -    Jeffrey Baker, Yvonne Yates, Sgt Barrie Meade, Chief Insp. Syke Smith, 
COP George Duckett, Insp. Dave Parsons, Sgt "Dick" Murphy, Patricia Warraker, Oral "David" Small
 
Several members of this Training Course are still on Island, and they include "Roddy" Barclay, Chris Wilcox, Kensley McDowall, Doug Joslyn, Martin Johnson, and David Small.

Terry Lee and Lynette Baker were hired locally at the beginning of November and they attended later Basic Training Courses in 1972.  

Our last batch of overseas recruits for the year joined  in early November arriving on 4th and 5th November, and these were, Robin Glenny,  Keith Cassidy, Anthony Smallridge, Kenneth Van Thal, Stephen Taylor, John Headey, Brian Foster, Graham Waring, Mick Brown, Peter Smith, Edward Street, Rodney Fowkes, Barbara Travers, Anthony Ramshaw, Desmond McGarr and Ruth McGarr, Andrew Hall, Richard Naylor, Marjory Amos, Arthur Stewart, Stephen Rollin, Stephen Peterson, Russell Delahaye,  and Phil Every.

Of this group, Keith Cassidy and Marje Amos completed their service and still reside here in Bermuda.  While Steve Taylor retired as a Sergeant and has since returned to the UK,  and Phil Every retired as Chief Inspector but has since sadly died. 

The purpose of publishing this article is to encourage all of those men and women who joined the Bermuda Police in 1971 to get in touch with us to let us know how you are doing these days, and where you are.  Please feel free to write a few lines and perhaps some of your recollections of your time together with a couple of photos of you during your early days in Bermuda, and a recent photo of you, perhaps with family.  We would be delighted if , through our website, you can re-establish contact with your old friends and former colleagues which will hopefully bring back some fond memories.

For those of you not too familiar with our website,  you will find a search box in the top right corner of our Home Page.  If you type in your own name, or anyone else’s name, it will provide you with a complete list of all articles or photos of that person.  You can then click on any item on the list and it should open for you to read. To get back to the list you can then press the <  sign in the top left corner of your screen and it will return you to the list.  It’s usually best to start with just a surname such as “MacDonald” rather than entering their first name because in some cases they might be titled “William” and sometime “Bill”. If you have ever served in the Bermuda Police you should find your name somewhere on our website!

Here is a comprehensive list of all officers recruited during the year 1971

Last Name
First Name
Date Appointed
Blow
Kenneth Stephen
1-Mar-1971
Burley
David Jackson
1-Mar-1971
Duncan
Alexander
1-Mar-1971
Harries
Clifford ldris
1-Mar-1971
Marlowe
Malcolm Peter
1-Mar-1971
McCreight
Ernest Stanton
1-Mar-1971
Pearson
Martin Stuart
1-Mar-1971
Rodgers
John Francis
1-Mar-1971
Swann
Peter
1-Mar-1971
Chitty
Michael
2-Mar-1971
Claridge
Ian Robert
2-Mar-1971
Edwards
Malcolm John
2-Mar-1971
MacDonald
Colin Malcolm
2-Mar-1971
Pett
Maurice Bernard
2-Mar-1971
Pitman
Philip Bernard
2-Mar-1971
Shaw
Peter
2-Mar-1971
Taylor
Anthony John
2-Mar-1971
Ingemann
Kim Herman
18-Apr-1971
Daniel
Ishmael Levi
31-May-1971
Eastmond
Vinston Arnal
31-May-1971
Johnson
Martin Lutha
31-May-1971
Joslyn
Douglas Kenneth
31-May-1971
Latchman
Carrol Vincent
31-May-1971
Linton
Noel Leonard
31-May-1971
McDowall
Kensley Andrew
31-May-1971
Small
Oral David M
31-May-1971
Brogan
Daniel Patrick Joseph
1-Jun-1971
Hannah
George Allan Cooper
1-Jun-1971
Lupson
Phillip George Rands
1-Jun-1971
Maclnnes
Colin MacLean
1-Jun-1971
McDonagh
Robert William
1-Jun-1971
Owen
Clive John
1-Jun-1971
Baker
Jeffrey
2-Jun-1971
Barclay
Roderick Hugh
2-Jun-1971
Bowe
Martin Gerald
2-Jun-1971
D'Olivera
Louis John Howard
2-Jun-1971
Parkin
Bryan Alton
2-Jun-1971
Wilcox
Christopher Edward
2-Jun-1971
Wright
Kenneth Andrew
2-Jun-1971
Farquhar
Gordon MacDonald
3-Jun-1971
Mills
Vernson
4-Jun-1971
Warraker
Patricia Margaret
6-Jun-1971
Yates nee Lewis
Yvonne Jane
6-Jun-1971
Pemberton nee Baker
Pearline Lynette
1-Sep-1971
Lee
Terry Chesterfield Robinson
1-Nov-1971
Brown
Michael David
4-Nov-1971
Cassidy
Keith John
4-Nov-1971
Foster
Brian Hugh
4-Nov-1971
Glenny
Robin Mousley Stuart
4-Nov-1971
Headey
John Stephen
4-Nov-1971
Smallridge
Anthony
4-Nov-1971
Taylor
Stephen John
4-Nov-1971
Van Thal
Kenneth John
4-Nov-1971
Waring
Graham Paul Shaw
4-Nov-1971
Amos
Marjorie Stalker
5-Nov-1971
Delahaye
Russell James
5-Nov-1971
Every
Philip John
5-Nov-1971
Fowkes
Rodney Norman
5-Nov-1971
Hall
Andrew Comrie
5-Nov-1971
McGarr
Desmond John Paul
5-Nov-1971
McGarr
Ruth Margaret
5-Nov-1971
Naylor
Richard Pontefract
5-Nov-1971
Peterson
Stephen
5-Nov-1971
Ramshaw
Anthony
5-Nov-1971
Rollin
Stephen
5-Nov-1971
Smith
Peter Joseph
5-Nov-1971
Stewart
Arthur John
5-Nov-1971
Street
Edward William
5-Nov-1971
Travers
Barbara Marion
5-Nov-1971

 

We are begiining to have responses to our request for anyone who joined the Bermuda Police during the year 1971 and we will be posting the responses here on this blog

Peter "Pete" Swann

Peter Swann  -  who served from 1st March 1971 - 1976  serving in Central, Marine Section and Central CID

I still live at Northallerton North Yorkshire. At the grand old age of 70 I am now retired after selling my warehouse and courier business a few years ago. I have to report I sadly lost my wife Pauline to cancer some three years ago which of course was a great loss. I frequent Bermuda at least once a year and stay with friends in Southampton but I did not travel 2020 but should be on the island again 2021. 50 years sounds an awful long time but they were very happy days on Marine Division and then Central CID. I am glad I experienced them.

All the best for the future to all in Bermuda

Regards
Peter Swann PC/DC 333
Stephen "Steve" Rollin
 

Stephen "Steve" Rollin  - who served from 5th November 1971 - 2005 retiring at the rank of Inspector.  Steve, who is presently living in England  has written an article about his life  in Bermuda which we have published in our "Then and Now" column.  CLICK HERE to read the article.

Richard "Dick" Naylor

 

Richard "Dick" Naylor arrived in Bermuda with the last 1971 contingent of UK recruits on 5th November, and served mainly in Western Division for 6 years before heading off to Canada with his wife Giovanna.  Dick was one of the first of the 1971 recruits to contact us and you can CLICK HERE to read his "Then and Now article.

 


President of ExPo Bermuda, Calvin Smith

 

To All Members of the Bermuda Police Service Ex-Police Officers Association, Presidents Holiday Greetings Message

As another year draws to a close and we prepare for a busier holiday period, I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge all the hard work that has been done, and continues to be done, in all corners of EXPO Bermuda. Additionally, I would also like to thank Bermuda Police Service Commissioner Stephen Corbishley, his Senior Command Team, Officers, Reserves and Police Staff for their continued support of the Ex- Police Officers Association.

This has not been the active year that we had planned for with several social events and family visits. Our last formal event, was the January 2020 annual reception at Police Headquarters, Prospect was well attended and enjoyed by all.  

The  news in March 2020, about COVID-19 coronavirus developed into a global health crisis that has managed to change the world. However, our EXPO Executive and Members continued to perform well and assist our colleagues through what soon became a devastating pandemic. This new normal resulted in the reduction of human and personal inter-action and subjected us to the world of the internet and phone calls as our only means of contact. However, this did not completely stop the Executive and Members of EXPO Bermuda from continuing with our mandate.  Early in the year over one dozen EXPO Members volunteered to assist our colleagues in the BPS with island-wide searches for two missing seniors. Roger Sherratt has continued with the upkeep and maintenance of our website, reporting on relevant news stories and where information was received, he updated us on the passing of our colleagues and friends.  More recently, the President, Calvin Smith and other former BPS EXPO members, namely, ACOP Carlton Adams, Supt. Larry Smith, Chief Inspector Hashim Estwick and PC Junior Durrant volunteered to assist as investigators in the Historic Land Loss Commission of Inquiry, while John Skinner continues to work and update his BPS historical research and has had several articles printed in the Royal Gazette reporting on and seeking assistance from the public. See attached links;

https://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20201110/appeal-to-trace-police-officers-who-went-to-war/

https://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20201111/lest-we-forget-search-under-way-for-descendants-of-war-veteran/

On 25 August 2020, the Executive were able to conduct a meeting at the Prospect, Police Club, which reinforced the fact that Covid-19 has placed significant demands/needs on many of our Members and identified the real need to keep in touch with our older members, and to monitor their needs and to offer any assistance where and when required. These efforts are ongoing and I encourage everyone to be mindful of their neighbour and to contact and speak to our members as often as you can.

The Covid-19 pace has been fast, and there seemed to be no sign of it letting up, until now with the introduction and release of a vaccine. While we can’t do much to make our efforts any easier, I can certainly take a moment to say “thank you.” Whatever your contribution as a member/friend of EXPO. Whatever you do to assist our community as a member; whether you volunteer your time helping others or simply make a phone call to say hello. Thank you to each of you for the part you play and the work that you do. The effectiveness of the BPS EXPO and the quality of service delivered to our membership and former colleagues result from the sum of all our efforts. Everything that we do is important, and every contribution is valuable. Our event plans for the year 2021, remain on hold pending any new changes to the present Government Covid-19 Regulations. Notification of any events will be sent out should this change.

This Special Season is a time for reflection. We should remember to be thankful for everything we have, and be mindful of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Many of our members have been busy demonstrating that spirit of giving and caring for each other over the past nine months and will continue throughout this season.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone and apologies if I did. Congratulations and very well done to each of you for such strong demonstrations of community spirit and dedication to the BPS, EXPO and public service. 

I wish everyone and your families a happy and safe holiday, and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. 

Cal Smith
President, ExPo