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Regiment’s enhanced role will soon be revealed

Details on a greater role for the Bermuda Regiment are to be released in two weeks, according to Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Brian Gonsalves.

This followed confirmation by National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief that discussions are underway for the Regiment to beef up its full-time complement, take on more maritime duties and assume some of the Police Service’s “non-policing functions”.

Noting that police and the Regiment already conduct joint maritime operations, Mr Perinchief added: “Strengthening our maritime capability is key to properly protecting our borders.

“Increasing the full time elements of the Regiment will provide additional training and career opportunities for Bermudians, and permit the Police to focus on other aspects of their core policing role.”

Members of the Regiment will also be trained to take over police tasks such as standing on guard at the House of Assembly, plus “other more sedentary tasks”, he said.

Hit by budget cuts, the Regiment announced in August that it would examine switching officers into different departments.

With its budgeted funding cut from $2.9 million to $1.7 million, the Regiment was said to be looking to reduce the number of its recruits.

Asked if new staff would be recruited to the Regiment, and how much the expansions would cost, Mr Perinchief said: “These are early days and discussion about costs will figure prominently as this plan develops.”

The matter is now under discussion between Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva and Lt Col Gonsalves.

In the absence of Governor Richard Gozney, Deputy Governor David Arkley voiced Government House’s support for “enhanced integration between the Bermuda Police Service and the Bermuda Regiment in all areas wherever such cooperation is practical”.

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Aiming higher: A greater role for the Bermuda Regiment is to be revealed in the coming weeks. In this file picture two guards are seen during the Queen?s Birthday Parade on Front Street in June this year.

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Published September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 20, 2011 at 9:37 am)

Regiment’s enhanced role will soon be revealed

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