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PRESS RELEASES

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

Thursday, January 23,2020

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."



Constable Oswin Pereira Dismissed for Gross Misconduct

Tuesday, January 21,2020

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.



Firearms Warrant Executed at Pembroke Residence

Saturday, January 18,2020

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.



Reported Missing Teen: 17 Year Old Ja'da Thomas [Located]

Wednesday, January 15,2020

The Bermuda Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 17 year-old Ja’da Thomas. Ms. Thomas is described as being five foot, two inches tall, with bright eyes and short black hair worn in a ponytail puff. She is also said to be of medium build, weighing about 150lbs. Ms. Thomas was last seen at home by her brother as she was preparing to leave for school at the CedarBridge Academy at around 8:00am yesterday, Tuesday 14th January. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of 17 year-old Ja’da Thomas is asked to contact the main police line on 295-0011. Update: Thursday, January 16th - The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating Ja’da Thomas. She has now been located and returned.



Police Recruits & Tutor Constable Come to Assistance of Man in Devonshire

Wednesday, January 15,2020

At 4:00pm on Tuesday 14th January, officers on the current Recruit Foundation Course performing their street duties training with a Tutor Constable, were dispatched to a residence in Devonshire to perform a welfare check on a male. Police ComOps had received an overseas phone call from the UK from a worried friend who had not heard from him in two days.



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