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Commissioner, Minister of National Security: No Murders In 2019 Joint Statement

Thu, 2020-01-23

Stephen Corbishley, The Commissioner of Police, today advised that 2019 was the first time in over 20 years that no homicides were recorded in Bermuda, with the belief that this position could actually be even longer subject to examination of archive crime records.

Commissioner Corbishley stated: 

"2019 saw tremendous work by the BPS and the Government’s Anti-Gang Task Force in preventing the risk of serious violence, particularly in regards to gun crime, across the island.

Last year not one life was lost through homicide which is testament to those involved in protecting the public and dealing with small parts of our community who choose to be involved in gang related crime. Additionally, we recorded just 2 firearms related injuries and whilst this is still extremely serious, it pales against the recording of 28 firearms related injuries 10 years ago.

However, tackling this problem is complex and involves significant resources to intervene in tensions and ensure we prevent the supply and use of guns and other weapons.

Additionally, we see increasing numbers of young men want to turn away from crime and there is excellent support from Pastor Bean and others to assist them.

But last year’s position cannot leave to complacency and whilst it is an excellent achievement, the same, if not more effort, needs to continue in order to prevent the senseless loss of any life and instead create pathways for young men involved in gangs, drug dealing and other forms of crime to redirect their lives.

The key for this is to continue a strong partnership between Government, Police and local communities."

Police Focus Efforts on Locating 14 Year Old Destiny Winters [Located]

Wed, 2020-01-22

Police officers continued their search for 14 year old Destiny Winters today (Wednesday, January 22nd), 12 days after she left her designated Government Care Facility without permission on the evening of Friday, January 10th.

Tuesday night (January 21st) police officers – following leads regarding her possible whereabouts – checked a location in Warwick, but Destiny was not located.

Earlier this morning (Wednesday, January 22nd) police officers also checked a location in Sandys parish, to no avail.

However, efforts to confirm Destiny’s whereabouts and wellbeing are ongoing.

The Bermuda Police Service thanks the media and members of the public that have supported police efforts to locate the teen, and reiterates the importance of finding the CedarBridge Academy student promptly.

As a reminder, Destiny is described as brown complexioned, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds with her hair said to be dyed black, short and curly.

She was last seen wearing a black rain jacket, shorts as well as black Nike sneakers and is known to frequent locations in Pembroke including Fentons Drive, Parsons Road, St. Augustine Hill, Middletown, One Way Deepdale and The Glebe Road.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of 14 year old Destiny Winters is urged to immediately call police on 295-0011 or her designated Government Care Facility on 292-3699.

Update: 14 year old Destiny Winters has been located and returned to the care of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Thank you all for your kind assistance in ensuring her safe return.

Constable Oswin Pereira Dismissed for Gross Misconduct

Tue, 2020-01-21

On Monday the 20th of January, an independent panel determined that Constable Oswin Pereira of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) had used unnecessary force during an arrest in May 2017.

Furthermore, that he breached honesty and integrity demonstrating levels of premeditated behaviours that brought discredit on the BPS which amounted to gross misconduct.

Police Patrols Continue Search for 14 Year Old Destiny Winters [Located]

Tue, 2020-01-21

Police officers continued their search for 14 year old Destiny Winters this morning (Tuesday, January 21st), eleven days after she left her designated Government Care Facility without permission on the evening of Friday, January 10th.

The teen remains unaccounted for and despite searching several locations this morning, she was not located by police. However, efforts to confirm her whereabouts are ongoing.

The Bermuda Police Service believes that there is potential imminent risk to the 14 year old CedarBridge Academy student and renews the appeal for the public’s assistance in finding her.

As a reminder, Destiny is described as brown complexioned, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds with her hair said to be dyed black, short and curly.

She was last seen wearing a black rain jacket, shorts as well as black Nike sneakers and is known to frequent locations in Pembroke including Fentons Drive, Parsons Road, St. Augustine Hill, Middletown, One Way Deepdale and The Glebe Road.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of 14 year old Destiny Winters is urged to immediately call police on 295-0011 or her designated Government Care Facility on 292-3699.

The public is reminded that harbouring a juvenile is an offence punishable under the law.

Update: Wednesday, January 22nd - 14 year old Destiny Winters has been located and returned to the care of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Thank you all for your kind assistance in ensuring her safe return.

Concern of Potential Imminent Risk to 14 Year Old Destiny Winters [Located]

Mon, 2020-01-20

14 year old Destiny Winters remains unaccounted for after she left her designated Government Care Facility without permission on the evening of Friday, January 10th.

The latest reported sighting of Destiny indicates that she traveled into and out of St. George’s by bus on Sunday, January 19th and was apparently with an older male.

The Bermuda Police Service is also aware of information that suggests that there is potential imminent risk to the 14 year old CedarBridge Academy student based on the association with this male.

As a reminder, Destiny is described as brown complexioned, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds with her hair now dyed black, short and curly.

She was last seen wearing a black rain jacket, shorts as well as black Nike sneakers.

The teen is known to frequent locations in Pembroke including Fentons Drive, Parsons Road, St. Augustine Hill, Middletown, One Way Deepdale and The Glebe Road.

So far efforts by police officers to locate her have been unsuccessful.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of 14 year old Destiny Winters is asked to immediately call police on 295-0011 or her designated Government Care Facility on 292-3699.

The public is reminded that harbouring a juvenile is an offence punishable under the law.

Update: Wednesday, January 22nd - 14 year old Destiny Winters has been located and returned to the care of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Thank you all for your kind assistance in ensuring her safe return.

Two Male Riders Injured in Pembroke Collision Friday: One Arrested

Sun, 2020-01-19

Around 6:20pm Friday, January 17th police, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service as well as ambulance personnel were dispatched to a reported two vehicle collision in Pembroke.

It appears that a motorcyclist, said to be a 54 year old Devonshire man, was traveling west along St. John’s Road and a 50cc scooter rider, said to be a 24 year old Pembroke man, was traveling in the opposite direction when the collision occurred near the junction with Cox’s Hill Road.

Firearms Warrant Executed at Pembroke Residence

Sat, 2020-01-18

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday January 17th 2020, investigators from the Serious Crime Unit and other Support Teams from the Bermuda Police Service executed a Firearms Warrant at a Pembroke residence. 

This warrant was in relation to an ongoing active investigation involving the use of a firearm. 

The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank those members of the public who have come forward with information and encourage others to assist the Bermuda Police Service in combatting crime.

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