BPS Officers Featured In UK Police Video

August 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two Bermuda police officers have been featured in a UK policing video, and the Daily Mail has highlighted the fact that the only two black officers in the video were from Bermuda saying that it “sheds further light on the lack of black British police officers at senior levels within forces.”

A Daily Mail story said, “The only two black officers featured in a UK police video aiming to encourage recruitment were actually from Bermuda, it has been revealed.

“Superintendents Na’imah Astwood and James Howard – who appeared in a film by the Police Superintendents’ Association [PSA] – are both listed on the British territory’s website as members of its senior management team. In the clip, titled ‘Together we’re different, as one we serve’, they stand alongside white, Welsh and Asian officers. The footage sheds further light on the lack of black British police officers at senior levels within forces.”

Bermuda Police Commissioner Steve Corbishley said, “I am aware of the UK’s Daily Mail article reporting on a video featuring 2 BPS senior officers, Superintendents Astwood and Howard.

“The video was produced by the UK’s Police Superintendents Association which is the staff association for senior officers [Superintendent and above] in the BPS. It is not a recruitment video as claimed by the Daily Mail, its title is in fact ‘As One We Serve’ and delivers a powerful message that policing is very much dependent on the service reflecting its communities through diverse representation.

“I was delighted for Superintendents Astwood and Howard to be involved both for its important message but also as the Superintendents Association is a fantastic body that seeks to develop and support senior police leaders, not just in the UK but here in Bermuda.

“Both BPS officers were at the Superintendents Association National Conference, which their membership allows them to attend at no cost to our budget, and the information and ideas discussed were brought back to the benefit of policing in Bermuda.”

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