8 Officers Complete Close Protection Course

October 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

Eight police officers have successfully completed a Close Protection Officers course, including four local officers and four officers from the British Virgin Islands.

A police spokesperson said, “On Friday, October 11, eight police officers successfully completed a four and a half week long Close Protection Officers course, conducted by the Bermuda Police Service.

“Similar to the last course held back in July of this year, four officers [two men and two women] from the British Virgin Islands were invited to attend. However, this marks the first time that female officers from overseas have taken part in this training course. The four local officers included 3 men and one woman.

“The BPS is now focused on becoming the regional police training centre for British Overseas Territories and some of our island neighbours to the south.”

Commissioner Corbishley said, “Close protection is a specialist capability that the BPS are experts in the field of delivering training. The tactic allows us to protect VIPs and other high-profile individuals when undertaking public duties and demonstrates the BPS is a highly capable police service to manage all situations.

“Additionally, I am pleased to support colleagues from the British Virgin Islands who received training to take back to their police service and this forms an important step forward for Bermuda to become the regional training centre for specialised police training across the Overseas territories and wider Caribbean police forces, a programme of work we are engaging with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office [FCO] and the Ministry of National Security to take forward.”

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