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Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR][1] soldiers and Bermuda Police Service[2] officers joined forces over the weekend for a major joint exercise.

Joint Venture 15 involved a hunt by both services for an escaped inmate from Westgate prison believed to have ties to a terrorist organisation. RBR Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Foster-Brown said: The objective of these joint exercise procedures is to test the interoperability between key services.

Caught: A suspected terrorist and Westgate escapee is captured as part of a major weekend exercise involving the Royal Bermuda Regiment and the Bermuda Police Service.

Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

We are very pleased with the results both teams worked together seamlessly.

The coordination and communications between both organisations was excellent. The scenario saw four possible locations for the Westgate escapee who fled the prison on Saturday afternoon.

Briefing: Police officers are briefed as part of the joint police/Royal Bermuda Regiment exercise at the weekend.

Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

Threats to Government House, the Public Works Quarry and the Rubis fuel terminal, meant that these locations were guarded by troops from the RBR, while the Regiment also combed the Ferry Reach area in the hunt for the suspect and a hostage he had taken. The escaped prisoner was finally detained and the hostage freed by soldiers on Sunday but not before specialist troop had to dismantle a suspected improvised explosive device [IED].

RBR Regimental Sergeant Major Gavin Rayner with Bermuda Police Service silver commander Inspector Robert Cardwell at this weekend s joint exercise.

Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

Col Foster-Brown said that the police, led by Silver Commanders Inspector Robert Cardwell and Inspector Steve Cosham, would now conduct a formal debrief with the RBR s Staff Officer Major Andrew Clarke and other senior RBR officers to analyse the joint responses to the exercise s threat to security. Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels said: We have to recognise that Bermuda, unlike the UK, US and Europe, doesn t have the major back-up they can all call upon.

RBR troops take a break during the gruelling two day joint exercise involving troops and police.

Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

So it s critical that we work closely together with the Bermuda Regiment, HM Customs and others to augment our ability to deal with civil unrest, public disorder or criminality.

Mr Daniels added: All accounts from my officers on the ground suggest the exercise went well and that there were a lot of learning opportunities. We will be able to build on that to provide the best service possible to the people of Bermuda in the future.

RBR Captain Shea Smith [centre] with Inspector Robert Cardwell [left] and a police firearms officer at this weekend s joint exercise.

Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

Joint Venture coordinator Major Andrew Clarke said: The exercise was the culminating phase of a series of exercises aimed at improving interoperability amongst several essential Bermuda services.

Col Foster-Brown added: The exercise is an annual activity with the lead alternating between the RBR and the Bermuda Police. Next year, the Bermuda Police will lead the joint venture.

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Bermuda Regiment & Police Hold Joint Exercise

References

  1. ^ Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR] (bernews.com)
  2. ^ Bermuda Police Service (bernews.com)
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