Police Commissioner Simons Response to Advocacy Groups’ concerns.

The Bermuda Police Service welcomes and appreciates the concerns expressed by advocates, in relation to an article in today’s edition of the daily newspaper, regarding the outcome of a recent court matter involving Police Constable Simons.

The BPS does not condone the actions to which he pleaded guilty and that has understandably led to disquiet among the community.

It never should have happened.

We condemn the actions of that officer in the strongest possible terms.

Particularly, as it undermines our continued efforts to strengthen the critical relationship between the community and the police.

However, natural justice processes must be followed in determining the final disposition of the officer. We therefore ask for the public to be patient as the process takes place.

Failure on the part of the BPS to follow principles of natural justice in our decision-making may result in legal and or financial repercussions.

I wish to once again state, the BPS welcomes feedback and views from advocacy groups representing any sector of the community. This provides opportunity for discussion and understanding for all.

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