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2024 National Heroes' Day Holiday Weekend Policing Plan

Tue, 2024-06-11

Acting Superintendent Alexander Rollin, Community Policing Division - "National Heroes’ Day holiday weekend 2024, will include the much anticipated host of carnival type activity starting Wednesday, 12th June 2024 culminating with National Heroes’ Day, Monday 17th June 2024.

While there will be events staged across the island during this period, the Bermuda Police Service will be paying particular attention to two of these. The first being J’ouvert, also being called JAM 2024, which takes place between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024, followed shortly thereafter, by Revel de Road, from 12:00 noon on the same date.

J’ouvert celebrations will kick off at Bernard’s Park with a procession making its way on to Dutton Avenue before proceeding left onto Marsh Folly Road. The procession will continue left onto Cedar Avenue, then another left onto Angle Street finishing back at Bernard’s Park.

The Corporation of Hamilton and the Ministry of Public Works have issued traffic notices permitting the closure of the roads mentioned, during the event.

Revel de Road which as I stated begins at 12:00 noon on Monday, is a bit more involved. The event again starts on Dutton Avenue, but revellers will make a right turn onto North Street, then right onto Cedar Avenue. They will then proceed right onto Marsh Folly Road and onto Palmetto Road all the way to North Shore Road. This marks the end of the first lap.

The second lap will see revellers turn left onto North Shore Road and make their way along North Shore Road and turn left onto Black Watch Pass. This will be followed by a right turn onto Marsh Folly Road, left on Cedar Avenue, left on Angle Street, left on North Street, left on Dutton Avenue and a final left turn onto Marsh Folly Road, which marks the end of the second lap and indeed the end of the Revel the Road procession. 

Based on the experience from previous years it is expected that each lap of the procession will take around two hours to complete.

These events will result in traffic delays, with traffic diversions due to road closures and large numbers of people expected to be in attendance. Please, we ask that you exercise patience and caution.

The public can expect the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) to maintain high visibility during these events. Members of the public are urged against engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour during these events or, any of the numerous other social gatherings set to take place during the holiday weekend.

It should be noted that although the scheduled carnival events have obtained noise permits, the BPS will still monitor noise levels and use authority under the law to address any noise related complaints, if necessary.

If you plan on attending any of these events, you are advised to travel with a group or in pairs. When parking, avoid dimly lit or isolated areas. It would also be best that you keep someone advised of your whereabouts and when you plan to return.

For those driving to these event, please ensure that when parking your vehicle, you do not obstruct any surrounding roads or driveways.

For those headed out on the water, please file a float plan. Do not go boating alone. Ensure your radio is working and all the requisite safety equipment on-board is up-to-date. Also, please ensure that your boat’s registration decal is current and prominently displayed.

Do not consume alcohol and drive, ride or operate a watercraft.

When swimming, do not swim alone.

We also ask that you cooperate with our officers, as we aim to ensure minimal disruption and that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday, without fear for their safety and wellbeing.

Again, the public can expect there will be stepped up patrols as we continue our focus on traffic offences, including impaired driving.

Of note, Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints will be in effect over the long holiday weekend.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents and visitors a safe holiday weekend and urge you to enjoy yourselves responsibly."

Information Sought Regarding Minibus Viral Video

Tue, 2024-06-11

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is aware of a video recording being circulated on social media, depicting what appear to be two minibuses being driven in a dangerous manner and at a high rate of speed.

Dangerous or reckless driving is unacceptable under any circumstance. However, the size of these vehicles and the manner in which they were being driven, created an increased risk of collision as well as the potential to cause serious injury or worse, to passengers and other road users.

The BPS takes these incidents seriously and we are investigating the matter. As part of our inquiries, we need to establish a timeline of when this footage was recorded.

We are asking that anyone who has information about this particular incident or anyone who may have information in regards to the details of the recording to make contact with police on 211 at the earliest opportunity.

In light of numerous recent complaints regarding minibuses, the BPS will be paying particular attention to the operation of minibuses and any offences will be dealt with accordingly.

The Bermuda Police Service will also liaise with the Transport Control Department regarding these matters.

Investigation Regarding the Fatal Shooting of Diante Trimm

Mon, 2024-06-10

Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels – "Good afternoon members of the media.
 
Before Chief Inspector Burns provides the investigative update regarding last Friday morning's tragic murder, I wish to say a few words.
 
I wish to begin by giving sincere condolences to the family of 37 year old Diante Trimm (pictured), who was shot and killed at approximately 12.35am Friday morning inside of her residence on South Terrace in Pembroke Parish.
 
Although some in our community may surmise that this was the first firearms murder of 2024, 1 firearm incident is too many!
 
Particularly when we consider that Miss Trimm was a young woman, killed in the prime of her life, she is a mother who leaves to mourn 5 children and was callously shot and killed inside of her private residence.
 
A place where all of us should feel safe and secure.
 
Information received by police thus far suggests that this was a targeted attack.
 
Tragically, this is the 9th female to be murdered in Bermuda since 2008, and the second since 2020 killed with the use of a firearm.
 
Before I hand over to CI Burns, I take this opportunity to thank all of those witnesses who have come forward thus far. However, I cannot stress enough the importance of those who know something, please speak with police regardless of how unimportant you believe it to be."
 
Watch the full press conference.

Murder Investigation: South Terrace, Pembroke Fatal Shooting [Updated]

Fri, 2024-06-07

Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service, (BPS) can now confirm that the female victim involved in the firearms incident which occurred around 12:39 a.m. on Friday, June 7th, 2024 at a Pembroke residence, has succumbed to her injuries.

Her death is now being investigated as a murder.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the relatives of the deceased during this difficult time.

Again, the BPS are seeking the public’s assistance with the investigation.

We ask that anyone with information contact Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts at 717-0590 or, via email at croberts2@bps.bm.

You may also contact Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa at 717-2250 or, via email adonanwa@bps.bm.

Alternatively, we urge you to call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477 or speak with a police officer you know.

Update: Monday, 10th June - Diante Trimm murder investigation.

Woman Found With Gunshot Wound at South Terrace, Pembroke Residence [Updated]

Fri, 2024-06-07

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2024, police and other first responders were dispatched to a residence on South Terrace, Pembroke following a report of a female having been found with a gunshot wound.

Upon their arrival, officers immediately commenced life saving efforts on the victim who was unresponsive but breathing.

She was shortly thereafter transported by ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where at last check she continued to receive treatment for her injury which is being considered life threatening.

An investigation into this matter has now commenced.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts on 717-0590 or, via e-mail at, croberts2@bps.bm.

You may also call 211, the main police number 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477. You are also urged if you prefer, to share the information with a police officer you know.

We are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who resides on South Terrace or its environs and who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity in the area shortly before or after 12:30 a.m. today.

We want to hear from you, no matter how insignificant you think that information might be.

Update: Sadly, the Bermuda Police Service, (BPS) can now confirm that the female victim involved in the firearms incident which occurred around 12:39 a.m. on Friday, June 7th, 2024 at a Pembroke residence, has succumbed to her injuries.

Her death is now being investigated as a murder.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the relatives of the deceased during this difficult time.

Again, the BPS are seeking the public’s assistance with the investigation.

We ask that anyone with information contact Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts at 717-0590 or, via email at croberts2@bps.bm.

You may also contact Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa at 717-2250 or, via email adonanwa@bps.bm.

Alternatively, we urge you to call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477 or speak with a police officer you know.

Update: Monday, 10th June - Diante Trimm murder investigation.

Thefts From Boats

Wed, 2024-06-05

The Bermuda Police Service is seeking the assistance of the public, following a number of thefts from boats in recent days.

The public are asked to report any persons seen acting suspiciously around bays and in the vicinity of moored boats and to report the sale of second hand marine equipment that appears to be of a suspicious nature.

It should be noted that it is an offence to purchase stolen property.

Thefts have so far been reported from vessels moored at locations in St. George’s, Smith’s and Harbour Road, Paget.

Owners are encouraged to remove valuable items from their boat and take precautions, where possible, to secure removable items. Additionally, punts should be secured to a permanent object with a good quality chain and padlock.

Owners are also encouraged to take pictures of their boat and its equipment, as well as note serial numbers and identifying marks, to aid in their recovery in the event that property is stolen.

Anyone with information regarding stolen boats, or marine equipment, is asked to contact 211, or the main police number 295-0011. You may also speak with an officer you know or use the community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm.

Recent Successful Money Laundering Investigations Seize Over $200,000

Tue, 2024-06-04

Investigations by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) Financial Crime Unit, into acts of money laundering, have led to a number of convictions and resulted in the seizure of more than two hundred thousand dollars in recent times.

Between 2021 and the present, five people have been convicted and monies seized following investigations into suspected money laundering offences.

2021 - R vs Marcal Burrows: $22,000.00

2022 - R vs Nadia Lowther: $55,340.00

2023 - R vs Boyd and Ramsey: $28,982.00

2023 - R vs Alcide Polanco: $78,555.00

Civil forfeiture 2024: $16,289.00

These successes were realised thanks to a collaborative effort involving partner agencies, all with a commitment to prosecuting those who violate the law.

There are also several matters pending before both the Supreme and Magistrates’ Courts, involving more than $400,000 in alleged unlawful funds.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Smith of the Specialist Investigations Unit (SIU) stated: “The BPS remains unwavering in its pursuit of those who choose to engage in criminal activity, and we continue to encourage anyone with information regarding suspected money laundering offences to come forward. Together, we have the power to make a difference.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Prosecutions stated: “We are pleased with the rate of detection of money laundering offences which have led to successful prosecutions and convictions before the courts.”

“We acknowledge the hard work of investigating officers in ensuring that these difficult cases are brought before the courts. We also wish to express our gratitude to those partner agencies and community members who collaborated with police, to make these positive outcomes a reality.”

The Bermuda Police Service wishes urges the public, should you have information regarding any kind of criminal activity, please contact us via 211, the main police number 295-011, the online community reporting portal: https://portal.police.bm/ or of course speak with a police officer you know.

You may also call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.

Collision on Cavendish Road in Pembroke

Fri, 2024-05-31

Around 5:40 PM on Friday the 31 May 2024 police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle road traffic accident on Cavendish Road near the junction with Shelton Road, Pembroke, involving a motorcycle.

The male motorcycle rider was transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital, for treatment of his injuries, the extent of which is not known at this time.

Traffic was diverted away from the area for approximately 45 minutes, whilst police processed the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call police on 211 at the earliest opportunity.

Final Appeal to Identify Owner of Cash Found at Church Bay Park

Wed, 2024-05-29

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is making a final appeal to identify the owner of a significant amount of money discovered Sunday, 10th March 2024 in the area of Church Bay Park, Southampton.

To claim this cash, please get in touch with Detective Chief Inspector Jason Smith of the Specialist Investigations Department by calling 717-0864, or emailing jsmith2@bps.bm.

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