Some Parish Officers Temporarily Re-Deployed to General Patrol Duties

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) wishes to inform the public that commencing Monday, March 4th, 2024, a number of Parish Officers will be re-deployed to general patrol duties. This re-deployment will last until, Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 and is part of continued efforts to make Bermuda safer. This means there will be limited access to your Parish Officers during the period mentioned. The BPS apologises for any inconvenience this temporary change may cause, as we recognize the value that Parish Officers bring to our community. We thank the public for their patience and understanding. Meantime, should you need to contact the Parish Constables Office, please call, 247-1223 or, e-mail at,  parishes@bps.bm.

Confirmed Firearm Incident in Paget: No Reported Injuries

Detectives are currently investigating a confirmed firearm incident that occurred around 12:55am Tuesday, 27th February 2024, outside a Tribe Road Number 5, Paget home. Bermuda Police Service (BPS) patrol officers responded and secured the scene. Forensic evidence collected at that location confirmed that a firearm had been discharged. However, there were no reported injuries. So far, limited information indicates that two potential suspects were travelling together on a motorcycle in the area, at the time the gunshots were heard. Paget residents that live along Tribe Road Number 5, or other members of the public with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, are urged to share it in confidence: by calling Detective Inspector Jason Smith on 717-0864, or e-mailing jsmith2@bps.bm; by calling Detective Sergeant Odessa Philip on 717-2193, or e-mailing ophilip@bps.bm; by calling the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739, or visiting the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm. Alternatively, individuals that can assist this investigation are encouraged to speak with a police officer they know, or provide anonymous tips through the Crime Stoppers Bermuda website at https://www.crimestoppers.bm.

‘Operation Holly’: Three Arrested, Cash & Suspected Drugs Seized

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) issued a public advisory on 20th February 2024, concerning the suspected presence of fentanyl-laced heroin in the community, which has resulted in the hospitalisation of three individuals. On Saturday, 24th February 2024, the BPS executed an operation dubbed ‘Operation Holly’, under the authority of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Police officers from the Drug Unit, Tactical Department, and Criminal Investigation Unit participated in the exercise. Three people have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply, after police conducted search warrants at three residences in Pembroke Parish, seizing a quantity of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia, and cash. Superintendent Sherwin Joseph, Crime Division, emphasized, "The successful seizures have effectively disrupted a drug network operating in Bermuda and have contributed to the protection of our community from the harmful effects of illicit or dangerous drugs.” The Bermuda Police Service remains committed to fostering a safe and secure environment for all residents. Members of the public are reminded that should they have any information on criminal activity occurring in a community, please call the main police number, 295-0011, 211, or speak with a police officer whom they may know. You may also provide the information via the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm/. Alternatively, you may submit anonymous tips via the independent and confidential Bermuda Crime Stoppers website, https://www.crimestoppers.bm.

Witness Appeal: Disturbance Believed Linked to Confirmed Firearm Incident

Around 9:55 a.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2024, police received a report of a disturbance at Warwick Pharmacy carpark. Information received indicated approximately six males were involved and two of them had brandished knives. The suspects left the area on motorcycles prior to police arrival. This incident is believed to be linked with the shooting which occurred later on the said day on South Avenue, Southampton. Police are particularly interested in speaking with persons who were in the carpark while the incident was in progress. We would also like to speak with anyone else who may have witnessed or who may have any information at all, on this matter. You are urged to contact Detective Sergeant Anneka Donawa, of the Serious Crime Unit on 717-2250 or via email at e-mail adonawa@bps.bm. Alternatively, you may share the  information with a police officer you know or, by using the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm.

Witness Appeal: Confirmed Firearm Incident, No Reported Injuries

Police are investigating a confirmed firearms incident which occurred in the Southampton area on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Around 4:22 p.m. on that date police received a report of a single gunshot heard in the area. Detectives are now looking for two suspects who rode away from the scene on a dark coloured motorcycle which did not have license plates. The suspects were last seen traveling in an easterly direction along Middle Road, Warwick. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Inspector Jason Smith on 717-0864 or via e-mail jsmith2@bps.bm. If you prefer, you may also share the information with a police officer you know or by using the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm.

Collision in St. George’s

Around 9:30am on Wednesday 21st of February 2024, police and other first responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle collision on St. David’s Road, St. George’s. Initial information suggests that a 22 year old female was traveling west on a motorcycle, when she lost control of the vehicle on the bend near the old bridge. On arrival, first responders found the woman to be unconscious. She was conveyed to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries, the extent of which are unknown at this time. However, at last check, she was conscious and alert. Traffic was diverted on to Southside Road, while police processed the scene. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call PC Tavares Douglas on 211.

Public Advisory (Fentanyl)

The Bermuda Police Service wishes to alert the public to the presence of suspected fentanyl laced heroin in the community. There have been three instances where individuals taken to hospital for treatment for suspected overdose on this illegal substance. An investigation into these matters is now underway. The public are advised that Fentanyl use, even in small doses, can result in serious adverse effects, which are compounded when combined with other drugs, particularly other opioids such as heroin. Individuals who use this drug put themselves in very real danger, which can potentially occur very soon after only one instance of fentanyl use. Signs of overdose: Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils” Falling asleep or losing consciousness Slow, weak, or no breathing Choking or gurgling sounds Limp body Cold and/or clammy skin Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails) Side effects of fentanyl and dangers of fentanyl misuse can include (but are not limited to): Hallucinations and visual disturbances. Drowsiness and nausea. Confusion. Respiratory distress. Muscle rigidity. Unconsciousness or sedation. Seizures. Overdose. If you suspect someone may have used Fentanyl or Fentanyl laced substances, you should: Immediately contact 911. Try to keep the person awake and breathing. Lay the person on their side to prevent choking. Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives. Please click on the link below for more information on Fentanyl and Fentanyl overdose: https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html.

BPS Driver Training Courses Advisory for All Road Users

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) Driver Training Unit currently has several driver training courses in progress. All involve the use of police cars and police motorcycles, at times travelling at high speeds, on our roads. The police car and motorcycle training started Monday, 12th February 2024, with this latest training scheduled to be completed by Friday, 8th March 2024. BPS driver training currently underway includes three-week standard, response and advanced car courses, as well as a three-week standard BPS motorcycle course. A two-week instructors in car course is also underway. Use of emergency equipment (lights and sirens) will depend on the training objective. Members of the public can recognise the BPS car driver training vehicles by the training plate at the front and rear of the police vehicle. Trainee BPS motorcyclists will be wearing high visibility vests. Road users are reminded to give way and exercise caution when they encounter BPS driver training vehicles, just as they would any emergency vehicle.

Witness Appeal: Reported Car & Pedestrian Collision in Devonshire [Updated]

Police are investigating a reported road traffic collision, involving a pedestrian and motorcar, which occurred near the junction of Alexandra Road and Middle Road,  Devonshire, around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Information is that a a motor car was traveling west along Middle Road in Devonshire, near the junction with Alexandra Road, when a young man ran across the street, resulting in a collision. The young man, believed to be between 15-17 years of age, got up and attempted to leave the scene, narrowly avoiding being struck by another vehicle. He is described as having light skin, braces, black hair worn low and of small to medium build. He was wearing a black t-shirt, black and grey pants, and carrying a backpack. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call 247-1705 or, the main police number, 295-0011. Update: The parents or guardian of the young man involved in the collision are also asked to make contact with police.


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