Three Officers Promoted to Superintendent

Thursday, 28th March 2024 - A ceremony was held at 4pm in the Police Recreation Club hall, Prospect Devonshire to promote three officers to the rank of Superintendent in front of family, friends and colleagues. Superintendent Dennis Astwood, Superintendent Jerome Laws and Superintendent Sherwin Joseph all have considerable policing experience, as evidenced by their career summaries below.


Superintendent AstwoodSuperintendent Dennis M. Astwood, a devoted husband and father of 2 daughters, brings 36 years of invaluable experience to the Bermuda Police Service. Joining as a Police Cadet in 1987, he embarked on a journey marked by dedication and excellence. His extensive training includes specialized courses in counter-corruption, crisis negotiation, and tactical firearms command, reflecting his commitment to mastering various aspects of law enforcement.


Throughout his career, Superintendent Astwood has navigated both uniformed and investigative roles with finesse, leaving an indelible mark on departments such as Intelligence, Serious Crime, and Narcotics. His leadership prowess has earned him numerous accolades, including a commendation from the U.S. Consul General, a merit award from the World Customs Organization, an Excellence Award in Pursuit of Justice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, 7 Commissioner’s Commendations and Recruit Foundation Course No. 42 (Baton of Honour and Academic Award).


Notably, Superintendent Astwood's leadership philosophy, rooted in his strong Christian faith, emphasizes compassion and leading by example. He believes in the power of genuine care and advocates for positive change within the force and the community at large. With a commendable record of accomplishment and a steadfast commitment to justice, Superintendent Astwood continues to inspire his colleagues and make a lasting impact in Bermuda's law enforcement landscape.


Superintendent LawsSuperintendent Jerome A. Laws embarked on his journey with the Bermuda Police Service in 1986 as a Police Cadet, evolving through diverse roles. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Risk and Security Management from the University of Portsmouth, he specialized in Criminology and honed his skills through Management and Development Courses.


His expertise spans various domains, from being a Multi-Agency Gold Incident Commander to a Senior Investigation Officer, navigating through the Serious Crime Unit, Narcotics Unit, and Community Policing Department across Somerset, Hamilton, and Southside Police stations.


Reflecting on his 37-year tenure, Superintendent Laws cherishes the profound sense of community duty. Leading by example, he upholds integrity, accountability, and empathy as pillars of effective leadership. His ethos revolves around community collaboration, understanding that trust and cooperation are pivotal for safety and justice.


As a leader, Laws champions excellence, fostering innovation and professional growth within the BPS. His vision extends beyond mere law enforcement; he envisions a symbiotic relationship between the police service and the community, forging a safer Bermuda through mutual trust and partnership.


Superintendent JosephDetective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph has amassed over 27 years in policing, having enlisted in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in 1996, where prominent postings included the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit (OCNU).

 

Mr Joseph enlisted in the Bermuda Police Service in 2003 where he has worked in several departments including: Patrol Response, Police Support Unit, Community Policing, Incident Commander, Comops Inspector, Pace/Custody Inspector, Drug Unit Inspector and Detective Chief Inspector, Specialist Investigations Department.

 

Mr. Joseph has an MSc in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester, and a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE), Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI), and is an A+ and Security + CompTIA certified.

 

Mr Joseph is also a trained Senior Investigation Officer (SIO), Strategic Firearms Commander (SFC), and Tactical Firearms Commander (TFC). He is also the Head of Profession for Firearms and the BPS, Data Privacy Officer.

 

“As a diligent law enforcement professional and a leader, my mission is to serve and protect the people of Bermuda with integrity and unwavering commitment, thus contributing significantly to reducing crime and tackling emerging threats such as cyber-enabled incidents, and building policing capacity.” 

Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph has amassed over 27 years in policing, having enlisted in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in 1996, where prominent postings included the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit (OCNU).

 

Mr Joseph enlisted in the Bermuda Police Service in 2003 where he has worked in several departments including: Patrol Response, Police Support Unit, Community Policing, Incident Commander, Comops Inspector, Pace/Custody Inspector, Drug Unit Inspector and Detective Chief Inspector, Specialist Investigations Department.

 

Mr. Joseph has an MSc in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester, and a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (CDFE), Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI), and is an A+ and Security + CompTIA certified.

 

Mr Joseph is also a trained Senior Investigation Officer (SIO), Strategic Firearms Commander (SFC), and Tactical Firearms Commander (TFC). He is also the Head of Profession for Firearms and the BPS, Data Privacy Officer.

 

“As a diligent law enforcement professional and a leader, my mission is to serve and protect the people of Bermuda with integrity and unwavering commitment, thus contributing significantly to reducing crime and tackling emerging threats such as cyber-enabled incidents, and building policing capacity.” 

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