New police performance appraisal system set to begin
A new performance appraisal system for police will begin on April 1, Acting Police Commissioner Mike Jackman revealed yesterday.
He said Bermuda Police Service would implement a computerised performance and development appraisal system that would “provide a comprehensive and continuous evidence-based performance review for every officer up to the rank of superintendent”.
Mr Jackman added: “The implementation of this new appraisal system will support the commitment of the Commissioner and his management team to drive up performance across the service.”
He said Commissioner Michael DeSilva had made it a top priority to improve the level of service provided by police since assuming command in December 2009.
Mr Jackman added: “Providing value for money was a critical plank in his leadership strategy. All staff members in the Bermuda Police Service were aware that a high level of scrutiny would be placed on individual performance.
“At the beginning of 2010, the Commissioner held open meetings with staff so they were aware of his expectation.
“Police staff were made fully aware of the paradigm shift and the standard of performance required was made clear and unambiguous.
“Since that time the vast majority of our officers have risen to the challenge and have clearly re-committed themselves to ‘Making Bermuda Safer'.
“Performance has never been higher and despite the persistent escalation in gang-related gun crime, there is evidence that the men and women of the Bermuda Police Service are tackling crime, enhancing public confidence and policing with the community more effectively than ever.”
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