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.
Our 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.
MESSAGE FROM OUR EXPO PRESIDENT - FEB 2021
ExPo President Cal Smith
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.
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.
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 for our photo of a "Very Special Event".
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.
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.