COP Michael DeSilva
Chief Insp Nicholas Pedro

Two serving police officers, Commissioner Michael DeSilva and Chief Inspector Nicholas Pedro, together with retired Chief Inspector Roger Sherratt were all recipients in this year’s (2016) New Years Honours List.

Commissioner DeSilva was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and Chief Inspector Pedro was awarded the Overseas Territories Police Medal.

A press release from Government House published in the Royal Gazette

stated that, “Mr DeSilva has led the Bermuda Police Service with “authority, sensitivity and skill” since 2009. Under his leadership there has been a steady reduction in gang and gun violence, reflecting efficient and intelligent policing in service to the community.”

Chief Inspector Pedro is described as an accomplished detective who has made a significant contribution to policing “in particular through his leadership of the Serious Crime Unit and by leading organisational change in demanding circumstances”.

Governor John Rankin congratulated both officers on their achievements.

For full reports go to the Royal Gazette at   and Bernews at

It had earlier been reported in the Royal Gazette and on Bernews that nine people were also honoured, including retired Chief Inspector Roger Sherratt with the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour for his support for retired and former police officers through the Ex-Police Officers Association and our ExPo website.

To read more see the Royal Gazette article at

The awards were also reported on Bernews at

The article on Bernews stated:-

“Mr. Sherratt became active in the Bermuda Ex-Police Officers Association in 2010, and he was elected as the President of the Association in 2012. Although the Association had been in existence since the 1960’s it remained inactive for several years until its revival by Mr. Sherratt and other committed members. Since then, the Association has been injected with new enthusiasm and interest, and it is affectionately referred to as “Bermie Ex-Po.” Ex-Po serves to encourage retired and former police colleagues to stay in touch and maintain life-long friendships.

“Mr. Sherratt launched Ex-Po’s website in 2012 and he uses it to chronicle as many biographies of the members as possible. Mr. Sherratt also works to involve Ex-Po with full-time police staff so that serving officers can benefit from a relationship with older – and slightly wiser – colleagues. Ex-Po is hugely supportive of the BPS Annual Police Week celebrations, and the Association holds several social functions throughout the year to bring colleagues together. In January 2016, Mr. Sherratt was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation from the BPS for his innovation, passion, and personal commitment to maintaining strong relationships between retired, former and serving police colleagues.

Editors note  -  On a personal note I feel very honoured to receive this award.  I must add that in one of the releases  I was credited with reviving the Ex-Police Association, and I would like to point out that although the Association had been very quiet for some time,  it was actually revived several years before I came on board through the sterling efforts of then President Steve Taylor, with the assistance of Dave Cook and Reese Bartley, both of whom stayed on to assist me when I took over as President.

On behalf of our ExPo Committee I would like to wish all of our friends and colleagues all the very best for the New Year.  We look forward to hearing from you and to keeping you informed of what’s happnin’  in 2017 and beyond.

Mike and Carole Jent
Congratulations to you all on your achievement as members and retired members of the Serviceand all the best for the future.Mike and Carole Jent
Mike/Carolyn Burke
Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Roger. You must spend hours keeping us all informed of news of our old friends but it has beenbeen very sad to read of the loss of so many of them. We always enjoy the photos, recent news of everyone, 'Then and Now' fact, all of the articles on the website! Wishing you and everyone a very Happy and Healthy 2017!Mike and Carolyn BurkeWishing you and everyone a Happy and Healthy 2017!Mike and Carolyn Burke
Peter scobey
Congratulations Roger well done.
mike cherry
Roger,Congratul ations on your well deserved award and please keep up the good work.mike
Bob Kinnon
So pleased to hear of your award Roger. Well deserved for all the hard work you put in to an excellent website. Congratulations and all the very best wishes for 2017 to you and all our Ex Bermuda buddies. Bob KinnonEditors note - Great to hear from you Bob. Your commentds are miuch appreciated. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.
Ray Sousa
Congratulations Roger,it was a privilege to have worked with you in the 60 s, and 70 s on the Force. I always look forward to reading what other former Officers are doing. Keep up the excellent work.All the best,RAY SOUSA 241Many thanks for your kind comments Ray. The feeling was mutual. By coincidence I happeend to take two of my grandchildren up to Police HQ this afternoon and we sat for a while overlooking the Police Field while I told them all about our Police Pedal Cycle Gymkhana and how you and Gary and myself organised them every year. Lots of great memories.
Mike Caulkett
Many, many congratulations Roger on this well deserved award. You work hard in support of retired officers in Bermuda and elsewhere and I for one really appreciate all that you do.Well done.Best wishes for 2017 to you and all your family, I am sure they are very proud of you.MikeEditors note - Many many thanks for your kind words Mike. It almost seems unfair to receive an award for doing something you love to do. I just wish I had about half a dozen "assistants" because there's always so much to write about. Best wishes to you and your rapidly expanding family! Roger
Quite an honor old man. A deserved award.Happy New Year.Shalom.Editors note - Many thanks Terry. Stay healthy and stay in touch in 2017.
John Price
Yes, indeed-very well deserved for your work in keeping all us oldies up to date with news of former colleagues and team mates.We have lost too many friends from the islands in 2016 and hope this year sees less of that sort of news.Very best wishes for a happy & healthy 2017 to the ExPo committee and all my old friends from the times Ann & I were fortunate enough to both work & play there, as well as visit subsequently.Hopefully we can keep the "Billy Nixon" get togethers going in future yearsCheersPric eyEditors note - Many thanks for your kind comments John. It would be great to hear from more of our old mates in 2017 - even just a photo and quick update on where you all are and what you're dping these days.
David Barber
Congratulations Roger well deserved.Happy New Year all the Best in 2017 & always.Kind RegardsDavid Barber

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