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Police praise deceased officer

The Bermuda Police Service flag is being flown at half-mast this week, to honour the sterling service of Pc Sandy Rowe, who died suddenly while undergoing treatment at a hospital abroad.Pc Rowe, who was born in Jamaica joined the Bermuda Police Service in 2007, as a trained police officer. She died on Sunday. The cause of her death is still being determined.Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva said: “It is with saddness that I report the untimely passing of our colleague and friend, Pc Sandy Rowe, who was in hospital overseas at the time of her death. The news comes as a shock, and I have asked my colleagues to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers as they cope with their extremely sad loss.”Commenting on Ms Rowe’s career, police spokesman, Robin Simmons said: “Constable Rowe was a vibrant young officer in her 41st year and had ten years of policing experience here in Bermuda as well as her native island Jamaica.”She was posted to the Community Action Team after working primarily in the central parishes, and she was also involved in the formation of the Friswells Hill Community and Neighbourhood Watch programme last year.Mr Simmons noted that Pc Rowe’s personal motto was ‘unity is strength,’ and she got on well with everyone. “She will be sadly missed by her family, including her husband and two children in Jamaica along with all her Bermuda Police Service family and those she befriended in the community.”The Bermuda Police Service has also extended offers of assistance to Pc Rowe’s family during this difficult time. Her colleagues have also been offered counselling services.As a sign of respect to Pc Rowe and in recognition of her sterling service to the local community, the Bermuda Police flag is being flown at half-mast.Mr Simmons also offered condolences to the family of Sandy Rowe on behalf of the Officers and staff of the Bermuda Police Service and the Reserve Police.