James Bartley, Obituary, Death Cause – We are heartbroken to inform you that our very good friend, close colleague, and long-serving member of our ExPo Committee, retired Inspector James “Reese” Bartley, passed away unexpectedly yesterday, May 26th, 2023. He was a long-serving member of our ExPo Committee. He spent a significant amount of time as a member of our squad. This information has taken all of us by surprise, and we would like to offer our most sincere condolences to his wife, Gilda, as well as the rest of their family.
We are all very sorry for their loss. After graduating from the Bermuda Police Academy in July 1966 and completing his training, Reese began his law enforcement career in the Central (Hamiton) Division for the first two years of his career. After that, he was transferred to the Narcotics Division, and he remained there for the subsequent five years of his service.
1974 was the year that Reese made the transition to the Marine Section of the organization.
In 1975, he was awarded the rank of Sergeant and transferred to the Western Division (Somerset). During this time, he served in Somerset. He attended the Metropolitan Police Training School in London, England, during the end of 1977 and the beginning of 1978. After this, the individual became a part of the Hertfordshire Constabulary. After this, he went back to Bermuda and served in a number of different divisions, such as the Eastern Division, the Traffic Division (which included Radar), and the Central Division, where he remained for seven years before transferring back to the Eastern Division.
Reese was promoted to the position of Inspector in the Central Division in the year 1988, and he remained in that division for the rest of his career, staying there all the way up to the year 1991, when he retired. When Reese was younger, he was an active member of both the Police Choir and the Police Cricket Team. In addition to that, he was a member of the Police Department’s cricket team. Even after he had officially retired, he remained active on the Police Boxing Committee for a considerable amount of time after that.