Paul Wright sworn in as Deputy Police Commissioner
Veteran policeman Paul Wright is the new Deputy Commissioner of the Bermuda Police Service following a swearing in ceremony at Government House yesterday.
Deputy Commissioner Wright began his law enforcement career in Humberside, England, in 1979 and arrived in Bermuda six years later.
In almost three decades of law enforcement on the Island, Deputy Commissioner Wright has served in a wide variety of postings including Community Policing, Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Branch, Intelligence and the Serious&Organized Crime Divisions.
For the last five years he served as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of community policing and uniformed patrols.
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.
As the second highest-ranking officer in the BPS, Deputy Commissioner Wright’s role will include oversight of the Departments of Finance, Human Resources, and Information Management Services. Dep Comm 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.
At yesterday’s ceremony, which was conducted by Acting Governor Ginny Ferson, Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva said: “Deputy Commissioner Wright has been an important member of the BPS Senior Command team these past five years.
“Among 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.”
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