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Jonathan Smith


Jonathan D. Smith served as the Commissioner of Police. He works in the private sector as co-owner of a leading off-site records storage company, a secure document destruction and IT asset disposal company, property management and real estate development companies. He is a member of the Telecommunications Commission and the Broadcasting Commission. He previously served as a Government Senator, member of the Public Service Commission, Defence Board, Immigration Board and Trustee of the National Sports Centre.

He has considerable leadership, management and security-sector related experience and trained at the Bramshill Staff College in the UK and the Canadian Police College. His considerable experience with intelligence, security services and law enforcement was derived from relationships, training and work with CIA, FBI, DEA and Metropolitan Police. He served as Chairman of the Emergency Measures Organisation, co-chair of the joint UK-USA White Collar Crime Investigative Team in Miami; Chairman of the Firearms Working Group for the UK Caribbean Overseas Territories and as an executive member and 2nd VP of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.

During his tenure as Commissioner, the BPS underwent five years of expansion, a successful external inspection, creation of the first Police Support Units, Community Beat Officers, the first Operational Community Policing Strategy and an increased firearms capability. His interests include politics, economics, social and military history. He has written two books; ‘In the Hour of Victory,’ of which the documentary film adaption won two major International Film Festival awards; and, ‘Island Flames,’ which was the best-selling book in Bermuda for two years. A third book, ‘Black & Blue,’ is being written.

He holds a BSc. in Management from the University of Maryland and a Diploma in Criminology and Police Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is divorced with three adult sons.