Newly appointed Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief said he only found out about his appointment 24 hours prior, and jumped right in speaking with Bernews after he was sworn in yesterday about guns, gangs, and crime in general.
Minister Perinchief takes over from former Minister David Burch who resigned this past weekend. While appearing on ZBM’s Let’s Talk program last night [Apr.4] the Premier said after the last shooting [on Thurs, March 31] she wanted to meet with the Commissioner of Police to get a ”first hand” feel for what is happening. She said that after she met with the Commissioner of Police, Colonel Burch sent her an email after “he was concerned that I met with the Commissioner, and I think he felt that I lack confidence in him.”
Minister Perinchief brings extensive Policing experience to the portfolio, having served in the Bermuda Police Force from 1964-1995, rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner.
In the Bermuda Police Service, he undertook several police courses including (1969-1974) Basic Police Training-Driving Marine Courses; (1974) West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police College (General Police Duties); (1977) Outward Bound Instructors Course; (31/08/1982) Police College Canada( Hostage Negotiators Course); (1984) FBI National Academy Quantico; (26/12/86) Fire Investigators Course- Canada; (1988) Command Course- Bramshill Police College (U.K.); and (1991) Ontario Police College (Advanced Homicide Investigation).
In 1982 he received the Colonial Police medal for Long Service and Good Conduct. In 1991 he earned the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service. He retired from Police Force in 1995 and three years later, in 1998, he was elected to Parliament where he serves as the representative for Pembroke Central Constituency 17.
Minister Perinchief has previously served as Minister of National Drug Control and Cultural Affairs. He was appointed to post of Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2011. He has been Chairman of the Road Safety Council since 2011 and Chairman of Parole Board since 2011.