Photos: 2010 Police Change of Command Ceremony

June 20, 2010

The Bermuda Reserve Police held a Change of Command Ceremony yesterday [June 19] at Police Headquarters in Prospect Devonshire. The ceremony marked the retirement of Commandant Huw Lewis, with former Deputy Commandant Jerry Robinson taking over as Commandant of the Bermuda Reserve Police.

Dignitaries in attendance included Governor Sir Richard Gozney, Deputy Premier Paula Cox, Minister of Labour, Home Affairs & Housing Colonel David Burch, Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva, Leader of the Opposition Kim.Swan, Minister Walter Roban, as well as a representative from the US Customs and Border Patrol, along with several high ranking Bermuda Police Officers.

Partipating in the ceremony were the Bermuda Regiment Band, members of various units of the Bermuda Police, as well as the Bermuda Pipe Band. The Police Officers were all in full ceremonial dress, including wearing swords on their sides, which [to the amusement of the crowd] outgoing Commandant Huw Lewis announced that ala Janet Jackson he had a “wardrobe malfunction”, and his sword belt was broken. A member of the BPS swiftly arrived to solve the issue, taking the Commandant’s sword from him.

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Formed in the early 1950s, and originally called the ‘Reserve Constabulary’ the first Commandant of the Bermuda Reserve Police was Captain Ross Winter, who served for 18 years. Later Commandants included Bill McPhee and Ralph Ferguson, and in 1999 Eugene Vickers was appointed as the fifth Commandant of the Reserves, becoming both the first born Bermudian Commandant and the first black man take change of the Unit. Commandant Vickers retired in October 2004, with Huw Lewis taking over from him.

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