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Statement by Commissioner of Police Michael Desilva:

"Mr. Paul Wright was sworn in this morning as Deputy Commissioner of the Bermuda Police Service by Acting Governor Ginny Ferson. The small ceremony was held at 11:30 am at Government House and was attended by his wife, Mrs. Angela Wright, and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Michael DeSilva.

The Deputy Commissioner’s role includes oversight of the Departments of Finance, Human Resources, and Information Management Services. Mr. Wright will also serve as the Service Discipline Officer where he will work closely with the Police Complaints Authority to address issues of discipline and complaints made by the public against police officers.

Mr. Wright has over 30 years of policing experience having served with the Humberside Police in England for six years before joining the BPS in 1985. He has served in a wide variety of postings including Community Policing, Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Branch, Intelligence and the Serious & Organized Crime Divisions. Most recently he served as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of community policing and uniformed patrols since 2009.

In addition to completing the International Strategic Leadership Programme at the Bramshill Police Staff College in England, Mr. Wright is a certified member of the Bermuda Insurance Institute, he holds a Master’s Degree from the Scarman Centre at the University of Leicester, and he is a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Managers Institute in the UK.

Commissioner DeSilva said, “Deputy Commissioner Wright has been an important member of the BPS Senior Command team these past five years. Amongst many other accomplishments, he led the Service through dramatic changes in our firearms policies and procedures in response to the tumultuous rise in gun crime in 2009 and 2010. His leadership, full understanding of the critical issues facing the police and keen attention to detail continue to be major assets to the BPS and I am looking forward to working with Paul in his new role.”