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Rider Hurt in Collision With Van on Grey’s Bridge

Sat, 2022-12-24

Around 7:30pm on Saturday 24th December, police and other first responders were dispatched to the scene of a two vehicle collision along Grey’s Bridge, Sandys, involving a light van and an auxiliary cycle.

Initial information suggests that the vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when the collision occurred.

The 16 year old male cyclist received multiple injuries and was taken to King Edward Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

The male driver of the van was not reported to be injured.

Traffic delays are to be expected while, police process the scene.

BPS Christmas & New Year’s Holiday Safety Advisory

Fri, 2022-12-23

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes – “The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) recognises that during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period, there is an increase in social as well as commercial activity, which is unfortunately often accompanied by an uptick in associated criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.

To deter opportunistic crime and provide reassurance to the public, police officers will be patrolling across the island – including the City of Hamilton – engaging with patrons, retailers and motorists to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the festivities in a peaceful and safe environment.

Residents are encouraged to assist the BPS in this endeavour by being mindful of the following common sense crime prevention and safety tips.

•             Keep doors locked and windows closed when you are away from your car.

•             Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Consider securing items inside the trunk or if possible, take them directly home.

•             When approaching and leaving your vehicle, always be aware of your surroundings. Park in a well-lit area if possible and do not approach the vehicle alone if there are people standing nearby acting suspiciously.

•             Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

•             Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car. Avoid traveling alone if possible.

•             Avoid giving rides to and taking rides from unknown persons, or individuals who may seem eager to assist.

•             For women in particular, never leave your handbag unattended in a shopping cart, on a shop counter or on the floor by your feet. Carry your purse close to your body.

•             Keep wallets concealed inside a coat or pocket when not in use.

•             Don’t take shortcuts through isolated areas.

•             If possible, carry a small flashlight and cell-phone in case you need to make an emergency call.

•             When shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other. Identify in advance a central meeting place. Teach them to know they can ask store personnel or security employees if they need help.

•             If going out to socialise, arrange to arrive and leave with people you know.

•             When out socialising, don’t leave your drinks unattended and do not accept drinks from unknown individuals.

•             If you are planning to socialise arrange for transportation home before you leave and don’t drink and drive and don’t let your friends and colleagues drink and drive.

Residents are also encouraged to always lock their doors and windows when leaving home, even for a few minutes. If leaving home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbour or family member to watch the house. Displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through windows or doors.

In addition to the late night shopping activity, this time of year is marked by increased socialising with family, friends and colleagues at various festive events. Where intoxicants are involved, unfortunately, we also typically see increases in road traffic collisions and anti-social behaviour. As a result the Bermuda Police Service encourages members of the public to enjoy themselves responsibly.

Patrons attending Christmas and New Year’s parties are asked to be mindful of their behaviour. Carefully consider your options and the consequences. The BPS is prepared to appropriately address any anti-social behaviour that may occur and will use all lawful powers to deter and detect offenders, as well as offences, as necessary.

Police officers will be out monitoring the roads during the holiday period. Traffic checks can be expected at various locations, particularly where events are taking place, with road sobriety checkpoints scheduled for 29th December 2022 through 1st January 2023 at various locations across the island.

Finally, on behalf of the Commissioner and the Bermuda Police Service, I wish you all a safe and pleasant holiday period and thank you for helping us Make Bermuda Safer.”

Inspector Tomlinson Completes Overseas Staff & Junior Command Course

Tue, 2022-12-20

Inspector Mark Tomlinson of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) successfully completed eleven (11) weeks of command and leadership training at the National Police College of Jamaica.

The course, which is the 86th batch of the Staff and Junior Command Course (SJCC), has trained and equipped middle management officers with contemporary policing skills geared towards their development as effective police commanders.

The course primarily covered modules in Personal Effectiveness, Police Leadership and Management, Police Administration, Crime, Investigation and Intelligence Management as well as Operations and Critical Incident Management.

The course also included two weeks of operational command experience out in the field. Inspector Tomlinson said, “The course was very challenging but the content and the results were rewarding.” He intends to apply much of what he has learned within the BPS.

Thirty (30) police officers, ranging from Inspector to Deputy Superintendent participated in the course.

Operation Limelight: Firearm, Ammunition & Drugs Seized, Man Arrested

Mon, 2022-12-19

A firearm was last week taken off the street by officers as the Bermuda Police Service launched an operation dubbed, “Operation Limelight.”

Officers executed warrants at a number of locations, mainly in the Pembroke Parish area.

Apart from the firearm, several rounds of ammunition, as well as a quantity of illegal drugs with an estimated street value of two thousand dollars were seized.

One suspect, a 41-year-old male, was arrested in connection with this seizure.

The suspect has since been released on police bail.

The operation included officers from the Narcotics Division assisted by their colleagues from the Tactical Support Division.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell, who led the operation, stated: “This was an intelligence led initiative which has resulted in one more firearm being taken out of the hands of individuals, intent on causing harm to others, resulting in disquiet among the community. More importantly, this successful result is a reflection of what can be achieved when the community and police work together.”

All items seized have now been sent for forensic testing.

No further information will be given at this time.

We once again urge members of the public with information on criminal activity of any sort, to please contact us via the usual means.

You may call the non-emergency reporting line 211, the main police number 295-0011 or, Crime Stoppers, on 800-8477.

Of course you may also contact a police officer you’re comfortable speaking with.

Let’s continue to come together to make Bermuda safer.

Commissioner Simons: PC Sean Simons Dismissed With Immediate Effect

Sat, 2022-12-17

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons - "The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that with immediate effect, PC Sean Simons was dismissed. This followed his guilty plea for intruding on the privacy of a female and an internal review process.

While the dismissal of a colleague is always difficult, members of the Bermuda Police Service must at all times act in accordance with our Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional behaviour.

Where that standard is not met, the matter is reviewed and appropriate action is taken.

As Commissioner of Police, I can say without reservation, that overwhelmingly, the women and men who make up your Police Service, continually strive to serve with the highest standards of integrity in their efforts to make our community safer for all."

Inquiries Underway After Reported Robbery of 15-Year-Old Boy at Knife Point

Thu, 2022-12-15

A fifteen-year-old male was reportedly robbed at knife point of a quantity of cash, just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday 14th December, 2022.

The incident occurred shortly after the teenaged boy got off a bus and made his way along Clyde Best Lane, Sandys.

Three males, all said to have been wearing dark clothing with ski masks on, reportedly approached the teenager. One of them allegedly pulled out a small knife, held it against the victim’s upper body and demanded money.

The young man complied and the suspects then left the area on foot. The teen was not hurt.

Although they were fully covered the victim could see that two of the males were dark skinned and one was light skinned.

An investigation into this matter has commenced and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Inspector, Clifford Roberts  of Criminal Investigations Unit/ Special Investigations, on 717-0590 or, via e-mail croberts2@bps.bm.

Nearby residents and businesses with CCTV cameras, are asked to check their recordings from between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and get in contact with us should they see any suspicious activity around that time period.

Injured 63-Year-Old Female Motorcyclist Now Recovering on General Ward

Thu, 2022-12-15

The sixty-three-year old woman involved in a serious road traffic collision yesterday, Wednesday, 14th December, 2022, is being moved to a general ward at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, having received treatment for her injuries which were considered life threatening.

She sustained a laceration to the head as well as injuries to her ribs and collarbone.

The single vehicle collision which involved a motorcycle, occurred shortly before 7:00 a.m. near the junction of Pitts Bay Road and Rosemont Avenue.

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

Any eyewitnesses or, persons with information is asked to contact Acting Police Sergeant, Justin Hunt on the main police number 295-0011, the non-emergency reporting number 211 or, via email,  jhunt@bps.bm.

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