When we first published this photo we pointed out that at first glance it might appear to be a group of new recruits but there is something unusual about it, and it is certainly not displayed at the Police Training School.  We recently came across it for the first time when drafting an article about one of the young police officers in the group, Gilmore Simons,  (CLICK HERE for his article in "Then and Now"), but his copy was quite badly deteriorated. Fortunately, we were able to obtain this copy from another member of the group, Glyn Washington who was  delighted to assist us in identifying all those in it as listed in the caption below the photo. 

So the questions we had included listing everyone in the photo, where and when was it taken, and what brought them all together.

What is somewhat unusual is that although everyone in the photo, with the exception of Sgt Tommy Doyle,  were recruits, several had joined the Police Force in early 1960 such as Mel Gibbons and Lawrence "Mincy" Rawlins while most of the others joined the Force in September 1961 shortly before the photo was taken.

For some years all  officers recruited from abroad i.e. the U.K., were sent on a 3 month Basic Training Course in England prior to arriving on Island, whereas local recuits had been given a few days training at Hamiltron Police Station with some notes and a copy of the Laws of Bermuda. Not exactly a level playing field!

All that was to change when George Robins was appointed Commissoner of Police in 1961. Commissioner Robins hired Chief Inspector Roy Chandler from the U.K., specifically to set up a Police Training School along the lines of the British Training Schools,  and the first 3 month basic training course was organized in the Spring of 1962.  

However, to his credit, COP Robins quickly realized the imbalance that existed in the training of overseas and local officers, and this group of local recruits were given a 6 week training course held at Prospect in the clock tower building that was used for many years as the Police Training School.

Group of fairly new recruits attended a 6 week basic training course  - 1961
This course was held shortly before before the Training School was officially established.
Top row (l-r) Marcus Packwood,  Phil Pearson,  Phillip Smith, Custerfield "Custy" Crockwell, Sgt Thomas Doyle (Instructor), 
Lawrence "Mincy" Rawlins, Reginald Tuckett, and Gilmore Simons.
Kneeling -  Melvin Gibbons, Thomas Barton,  Glyn Washington, Lennett "Lenny" Edwards & Eddie "Boxhead" Foggo

 

Sadly,  one of these officers, Lawrence "Mincy" Rawlins passed away just before we posted the photo.  

"Mincy" and several of his colleagues from this course attended one of the new Basic Training Courses #3 from April to June 1962.  

Basic Training Course 3   April - June 1963
Standing (l-r)  Neville Darrell, Gilmore Simons, Thomas Barton, 
Gary Perinchief, Campbell Simons, Chris Fludgate,
Lloyd Edwin Rhoda,  Lawrence "Mincy" Rawlins.
Seated  -  Mel Gibbons, Marilyn Simmons, Sgt Jimmy Moir, Chief 
Inspector Roy Chandler, Pearl Trott, and Freddie Aubrey

 

 

 

 

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#13 Terry 2015-08-15 16:07
Mike Johnson.
Is that you who was also know as 'Dick Johnson'?

Fond memories of you.
You were a good guy.
Shalom.

Editors note - Not the same Johnson. Mike served here for 3 years from January 1961 to January 1964, while Richard "Dick" Johnson joined with me in May 1964 and served until 1972 when he and his wife Jennifer (nee Barritt), daughter of the then Speaker of the House, John Barritt) left Bermuda to live in the UK. Dick and Jennifer returned a few years ago and Dick now has his own Sports massage therapy business where he specializes in treatment athletes and has travelled as masseur to our Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes.
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#12 Terry 2015-08-13 18:40
. Also, I seem to recall that the flat caps in those days didn't have any padding as the present ones do. I suppose it's classed as progress, but sometimes I wonder!

Editors note - Thanks for this observation Davie. I had no idea we had different tunics!
Back then we were not as hard headed.
Shalom
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#11 Davie Kerr 2015-08-12 04:37
On the subject of uniforms, those shown in this picture are the 5-button tunics without belts, which were much more comfortable to wear (especially when seated in a patrol car) than their 4-button successors with the belts which invariably slid up and caught one under the ribs. Also, I seem to recall that the flat caps in those days didn't have any padding as the present ones do. I suppose it's classed as progress, but sometimes I wonder!

Editors note - Thanks for this observation Davie. I had no idea we had different tunics!
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#10 Mike Johnson 2015-08-12 00:40
Editor:
Re the uniform change, somehow the dates don't line up. I arrived in Bda Jan 1 1961, and never wore khakis. My first uniform issue (Winter and Summer} was blues, made in London. As I recall, 2 pairs of shoes annually also. First Barracks was Admiralty House (loved our private beach), later Cypher Block, then Prospect. There was a classic movie made by 'Woody' (Mike Woods) showing Riot Training.. it was hilarious, with troops marching offscreen in khakis, returning in blues. Also different riot equipment as I recall.
Is there still a copy around?

Editors note - Many thanks for writing Mike and it's great to hear from you. Will have to review more photos to see if we can narrow down the year or time when we converted from Khaki to Blues, but looking at Training School photos we were definitely in blues by the time of Course #1 in 1962. Perhaps we can have more comments from those who were swerving in the late 1950's early 1960's.

Have never heard of Mike Woods' movie about riot training but it sounds like classic "Woody".

Will write to you separately to ask you to write some more about your time in the Bermuda Police.
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#9 Terry 2015-08-11 17:20
Wow.
What a uniform change in such a short period.

Editors note - Excellent point Terry. Often wondered when the Force changed from khaki to blue and these two photos clearly show it was between 1961 and 1962, shortly after George Robins took over as COP.
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#8 Terry 2015-08-10 17:55
Quoting Terry:
Quoting Terry:
Ok.
I will go with Hubert Swan.

The tall fella in the middle back looks like Tommy Doyle on 'Mincy's' right.

Editors note - Spot on with Tommy Doyle. You will kick yourself Terry when you see who the other officer is! You knew him very well but I must admit I had doubts at first.



Ok.
Just kicked myself.
Had to be my old friend Lenny.
Is the kicking done yet?

Editors note - To be fair Terry, Brinky Tucker has sent me a separate email with more names. Will post them ASAP later this afternoon.



Well then lets go Tango 3.
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#7 Terry 2015-08-04 15:31
"What brought them all together".
Key words.
Had to do with driving or riding.
Thus Tommy.
Sure as heck was not rum at the PRC but that may have taken place later.
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#6 Terry 2015-08-03 12:54
There has to be a Gilmore and a James and a Bean in there.
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#5 Terry 2015-08-03 11:50
Quoting Terry:
Ok.
I will go with Hubert Swan.

The tall fella in the middle back looks like Tommy Doyle on 'Mincy's' right.

Editors note - Spot on with Tommy Doyle. You will kick yourself Terry when you see who the other officer is! You knew him very well but I must admit I had doubts at first.



Ok.
Just kicked myself.
Had to be my old friend Lenny.
Is the kicking done yet?

Editors note - To be fair Terry, it doesn't look like Lenny but this time you're spot on. Some real characters in this group. Brinky Tucker has sent me a separate email with more names. Will post them ASAP later this afternoon.
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#4 Terry 2015-08-03 10:45
Ok.
I will go with Hubert Swan.

The tall fella in the middle back looks like Tommy Doyle on 'Mincy's' right.

Editors note - Spot on with Tommy Doyle. You will kick yourself Terry when you see who the other officer is! You knew him very well but I must admit I had doubts at first.
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