Limited Edition Police History Book Released

Mon, 2014-12-22

As the final component of celebrations in 2014 recognizing the 135th anniversary of the founding of the Bermuda Police Service, the Service is pleased to announce the pre-publication of a definitive book tracing the history of policing in our island home.

Beginning with the first reference to Constables in Bermuda, during the second Assizes in St. George’s in 1620, the book traces the early years of policing leading up to the establishment of the Bermuda Police Force in 1879 and beyond.

This fascinating book details the development of the Force from the days of the horse and buggy and pedal cycle, to the coming of the railway and international air services in 1930’s.

Did you know for example, that there were about 1,000 motor vehicles in Bermuda during the early 1940s, but that only one was a police car- and that was solely for the use of the then Commissioner?

The modern incarnation of the Bermuda Police as we know it can be traced back to the 1960’s when many of the Departments of that Service that we now take for granted were formed, such as the Narcotics Section, Police Women’s Department, Training School and Marine Section.

In addition to the Service’s 400 year evolution, and that of the Bermuda Reserve Police, the book looks in more detail at nine cases that were significant or particularly interesting. One such case involved a founding member of the Nazi party, who was at large in Bermuda for six months at the height of World War 2. Noted British author H. G. Wells even visited Bermuda during this period specifically to interview him.

The book will be limited to a single printing of 2,000 copies, of which 1,500 will be soft bound and the other 500 will be hard bound.

This unique book, containing hundreds of photographs, including images of all officers who have served during the past decade is now available for pre-order, solely through the Bookmart at Brown and Company. Softbound copies are priced at $36.00 and hardbound copies at $60.00. The book is expected to be on the bookshelves by February 2015.

For more information contact 247-1776 or email