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Christmas Policing

Fri, 2023-12-22

Commissioner of Police, Darrin Simons - "As the Christmas holiday approaches, we at the Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), would like to extend warmest greetings to each and every one of you.

During this festive period, which extends into the new year, we want to ensure that you not only have a wonderful time but also prioritize safety.

Impaired driving, whether due to alcohol, drugs, or any form of intoxication, poses a significant threat to public safety. Please make responsible choices. Designate a sober driver or, take advantage of public transportation options. Remember, your choices impact not only your own life, but also those of innocent people around you.

While the holiday period can be a busy time, it is crucial to respect and adhere to speed limits. Speeding not only endangers your life but also increases the risk of accidents causing serious injuries or fatalities. Let us all make a commitment to drive responsibly, maintain appropriate speeds, and respect the safety of pedestrians and other vehicles.

To ensure your safety and maintain order during the holiday season, we will be continuing the current heightened police presence across the island.

Our officers will be vigilant in enforcing traffic regulations, identifying impaired drivers, and promptly addressing any anti-social behaviour. We will be conducting roadside sobriety checkpoints at various locations in all Parishes starting Friday, December 29th, 2023. through to Tuesday January 2nd, 2024, in order to deter and detect impaired driving.

These measures are in place for your protection and the well-being of our entire community. The BPS is committed to providing a safe environment for all residents and visitors.

In conclusion, we extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for a joyous and peaceful Christmas. May this season be filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Let's work together to make this holiday truly special and safe."

Drugs Seizure and Arrest

Tue, 2023-12-19

Around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023, police officers were conducting vehicle checks along Kindley Field Road in St. George’s, when they stopped a motorcar traveling east along the said road.

Checks showed the vehicle to be unlicensed and uninsured. The driver, a 30-year-old-male, was also found to be operating the vehicle while having an expired driver’s license.

Officers proceeded to search the vehicle and recovered a quantity of suspected cannabis resin, ecstasy tablets, crack-cocaine along with drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was arrested for possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply, as well as for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A search of the subject's residence was conducted and other items liable for seizure recovered.

A court appearance in relation to this matter is expected in due course.

Traffic Advisory: Heightened BPS Road Presence During the Holiday Season

Mon, 2023-12-18

Close to ten thousand dollars in traffic fines issued in Magistrates' Court today.

A number of those fined were for driving unlicensed and uninsured vehicles.

Troublingly, impaired driving also featured among the offences for which fines were issued.

In fact, over this past weekend there were three people arrested and held in custody for driving whilst impaired.

Acting Superintendent, Robert Cardwell of the police Support Unit stated: “We cannot sufficiently stress how dangerous it is for someone to operate a vehicle whilst impaired.”

“By doing so you place not yourself, as well as members of the public, at increased risk of serious injury or, loss of life”

“Not the kind of situation you want to be faced with at any time, but particularly during Christmas. Just don’t do it.”

As a reminder, there will be a heightened police presence on the roads over the coming days and weeks and while we urge compliance, officers will not be treating lightly with anyone choosing to disobey the road traffic laws.

In addition, Roadside Sobriety Checks will be in effect commencing Friday, December 29, 2023, through Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Again, we urge you:

Do not drive if you have been drinking or using mind altering substances, legal or otherwise.

Obey all road traffic signs.

Drive within the speed limit.

Do not use handheld devices while operating a vehicle.

We’re sure you’d much prefer to spend your hard earned money on things you need or, to make loved ones happy for Christmas, than having to pay traffic fines.

So, let’s all work together to make this a safe and enjoyable Christmas season for all.

Witness Appeal: Ord Road, Warwick Collision

Mon, 2023-12-18

Around 12:02 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023, police received reports of a motorcycle rider found breathing but unresponsive on Ord Road near the junction with Banana Lane, Warwick.

Police and other first responders attended the scene and found the victim, a 31-year-old male going in and out of consciousness.

It is understood he was traveling in a westerly direction along Ord Road, when he collided with a private motorcar.

He was attended to at the scene by EMTs and subsequently transported to King Edward Hospital for treatment for his injuries, which were deemed to be serious.

At last check he was conscious, alert and speaking. He has since been transported overseas for further medical treatment.

An investigation into this matter is now underway and anyone with information is asked to contact Police Constable Dinnell Bean on 515-2413 or, via e-mail at dbean@bps.bm.

You may also speak with a police officer you know or, use the Community Reporting Portal at https://portal.police.bm.

11-Year-Old Boy Struck By Car Last Week Recovering in U.S. Hospital

Thu, 2023-12-14

At last check, an 11-year-old boy seriously hurt after being struck by a car one week ago in Sandys parish, was recovering in a U.S. hospital.

The local student was initially treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians, then admitted into the Intensive Care Unit of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, before being airlifted to the U.S. for further medical care.

The collision occurred around 3:45pm Thursday, 7th December 2023, on Somerset Road, just outside of Somerset Bridge Apartments, when the boy attempted to cross the road after getting off a minibus.

Additional individuals have since come forward to assist with ongoing inquiries and the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) appreciates their cooperation.

As a reminder, the investigating officer Constable Denise Taylor can be contacted on 247-1683 or, via e-mail at dtaylor@bps.bm.

Members of the public with relevant information can also call the main police number 295-0011, speak with a police officer they know, or use the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm.

Fire at BoatPort in St. George's

Thu, 2023-12-14

Around 3:30 AM on Thursday, December 14 Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service and police were dispatched to a report of several boats on fire at the Boatport storage facility on Wellington Slip Road, St. George’s.

Firefighters are working steadily to bring the blaze under control. As a result, a portion of Wellington Slip Road is closed to the public.

Motorist who live in the area are advised to use caution as the road will operate on a two way system.

We are asking that members of public stay away from the area until the fire service deem the area to be safe.

Further updates will be provided by BFRS in due course.

Fatal Shooting: Mary Victoria Road, Devonshire Area

Mon, 2023-12-11

Around 7:48 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023, police received several reports of gunshots in the Mary Victoria Road, Devonshire, area.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 53-year-old man had sustained gunshot injuries and immediately commenced life-saving measures.

EMTs attended the scene and continued with life-saving efforts.

The victim was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Derricka Burns said, “This marks the third firearms related incident in Bermuda this year and the fourth murder overall.”

“Tonight’s tragic incident  means yet another family is left to mourn the passing of their loved one as a result of senseless violence.”

“This is a heavily populated neighborhood and we are appealing to residents who may have seen any suspicious activity or persons in the area prior to or, shortly after the incident or, who may have any information no matter how unimportant you may think it to be, to please get in contact with us and help bring those responsible to justice and bring some form of closure to the family of the deceased.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Odessa Philip of the Serious Crime Unit by calling 717-2193, the main police number, 295-0011 or, via  e-mail at ophilip@bps.bm.

You may also speak with a police officer you know or use the community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm/.

If you’d prefer to provide the information anonymously, please call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.

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