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Government House has direct responsibility for the operational side of Policing with the Police Commissioner reporting directly to the Governor, while budgeting and manpower is Governments responsibility.Paid for by Bermuda - not British - taxpayers and coming under Bermuda - not British - laws.The last of the latter type was David Waddington, Baroness Thatcher's last home secretary who as Lord Waddington was governor from 1992 until 1997.Since then the post has been held by career diplomats and often, when socio-economic conditions require it, comes with a knighthood for the holder.It is not tied to any laws of the European Union (EU). Many Americans visiting Bermuda assume, wrongly, that British-UK laws apply. Bermuda laws do and in significant ways are much more restrictive to non-nationals than any British, USA, Canadian, Caribbean, Australian, New Zealand and other democratic country laws.
They include a full dress blue and tropical cotton drill.Bermuda, only 21 square miles or 58 kilometers in total land area, is a British Overseas Territory (BOT) but different from other BOTS in two main ways.Bermuda is the fourth oldest of all countries, islands and territories in the British Commonwealth of Nations after England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Canada.It has more tax powers in Bermuda by far than even the devolved Scottish, Welch and Northern Irish parliaments and those of other, larger but less affluent BOTs.Only in external affairs and defence does the UK have a controlling interest.