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Pati disclosure reveals salaries for police consultants

The Bermuda Police Service has published details of remuneration to three consultants (File photo)

The police have published details under public access to information of the salaries being paid to three consultants.

A notice published by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) in the Official Gazette listed contracts ending March 31, 2022, with special investigators John Ashington and David Boyce, as well as Victoria Holden, a crime scene investigator.

Ms Holden and Mr Ashington are being paid $98,247 for their year-long contracts.

The notice said that Mr Boyce’s $160,419 contract was for the 21-month period from July 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022.

Ms Holden and Mr Ashington were first appointed by the BPS in 2014 and Mr Boyce in 2018.

The Royal Gazettereported in March that the police had spent more than half a million dollars on consultants in the previous 21 months.

That figure included contracts for Ms Holden, Mr Ashington, Mr Boyce, crime scene investigator Diana Boyland and intelligence analyst Andrew Jones — each on almost $100,000.

The police had also hired Superintendent Gillian Murray to head the Professional Standards Department.

She was seconded from Britain and had a contract for $78,000 between October 2020 and October this year.

Ms Murray returned to the UK in May.

The police released some information to The Royal Gazette about its consultants in response to a public access to information request in March this year.

The disclosure revealed that the British officers were needed for their expertise in forensic, intelligence and special investigations.

It was further disclosed in June that Ms Boyland and Mr Jones were no longer providing services to the BPS.

The BPS’s information officer said that he could not give information on the specific cases the overseas officers were working on as to do so could endanger their safety.

The Public Access to Information Act requires public authorities to publish details of contracts worth $50,000 or more.

Ms Murray was hired on a six-month contract in October 2019, followed by another six-month contract until October 2020.

The BPS information officer said that Ms Murray’s first two contracts were for less than $50,000 so they did not have to be made public.

He said that she was seconded from the British Transport Police and was not an employee of the BPS, therefore the contracts were personal information.

There was no response to a request for comment from the BPS.