U.S. Consul General Karen Grissette and Police Commissioner Darrin Simons congratulated Detective Chief Inspector Arthur Glasford on graduating as a member of the 286th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on June 8, 2023. Arthur Glasford is the sixth officer of the Bermuda Police Service to complete this prestigious program. In the United States, fewer than one percent of officers have the opportunity to attend the program.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
The 286th session consisted of two hundred and thirty-eight law enforcement officers from 47 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, five military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations.
Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons expressed his gratitude at the ongoing opportunity for high level law enforcement training with the FBI, and delight at Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Arthur Glasford’s achievement. “I am grateful that the tradition continues of Bermuda police officers being offered the opportunity to participate in first class training at the FBI National Academy and wholeheartedly congratulate DCI Glasford once again on successfully completing the rigorous curriculum.”
“Congratulations to Detective Chief Inspector Arthur Glasford for successfully representing the Bermuda Police Service and completing this intensive training provided by the United States through the FBI. This professional course of study with the FBI helps to build even stronger relationships with our Bermudian partners, further strengthening our cooperation on a range of law enforcement issues. Thank you to the Bermuda Police Service for your partnership and interest in professional training opportunities provided by the United States. I am proud and honored to increase law enforcement and security cooperation between the United States and Bermuda,” said U.S. Consul General Karen Grissette.
Detective Chief Inspector Arthur Glasford joined the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) as a Cadet in 1989 and 34 years later, has benefitted from a well-rounded policing career.
Locally, he has worked in the Roads Policing Unit, the Emergency Response Team, the Underwater Search and Rescue Team, and has held the post of Government Security Officer whilst in Special Branch.
DCI Glasford has also worked on joint investigation teams in Anguilla, as well as Jamaica, and has completed overseas police training courses in the U.K., United States, and the Caribbean.
Currently head of the BPS Professional Standards Department (PSD), DCI Glasford has interacted with very diverse groups of people while on duty – from Governors, Premiers, dignitaries, and members of Royal Families hailing from the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Malaysia, Monaco and Jordan – to regular visitors and residents of Bermuda.
With patrol experience, plus years spent working in specialist units, DCI Glasford is a certified Search and Rescue Diver, and Close Protection Officer.
In November 2018, DCI Glasford had the honour and privilege to perform the duty of Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, during Bermuda’s Convening of Parliament Ceremony.
About the U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda
The U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton is responsible for strengthening the relationship between the United States and Bermuda and for protecting American citizens who live, work, and visit the island. U.S.-Bermuda engagement reaches across all sectors, including international business, maritime security, crisis response, space exploration, environmental research, athletics, arts, and education.
About the FBI National Academy
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 54,366 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.