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COVID-19 Emergency Powers

As of 5th August 2020, the Bermuda Police Service has been granted an additional power under the Public Health (COVID-19 Emergency Powers) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020. This section reads: (3A) A police officer of the rank of superintendent or above may, upon reasonable belief that a contravention of these Regulations has occurred on alicensed premises, order any licensed person, his servant or his agent carrying on business at the licensed premises, to close the licensed premises for a period not exceeding 24 hours. In the interest of transparency, we would like to notify the public of this section of law and that we will be addressing such breaches accordingly.



Burglary Prevention

Following recent reports of burglaries and prowlers at residential premises, home owners are reminded to observe a few basic crime prevention measures, in order to minimise the attraction and impact of these acquisitive crimes. Detective Sergeant Clifford Roberts of the BPS Crime Division stated: “Simple measures such as ensuring the locks on your windows and other access points are properly installed and functioning, outdoor lighting is properly secured and in good working order.  installing motion activated outside lighting, installing or refreshing existing alarm systems and/or CCTV helps in target hardening your property and can certainly go a long way in deterring criminals from selecting your premises.



Man Stabbed on Union Street, Pembroke

Around 10:00 a.m on Sunday, 9th August, a passersby observed a male, with what appeared to be stab wounds on Union Street in Pembroke. The 60-year-old male was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, via private car and was admitted for treatment to multiple stab wounds. However, his injuries were deemed to be non-life threatening. Based on information received in relation to this incident, police attended a Pembroke property to conduct enquiries and subsequently arrested a 69-year-old male who is now assisting with the investigation into this matter. Any member of the public who may have been in the area of Union Street, Pembroke, around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, 9th August and may have witnessed two males involved in a dispute, is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Unit, (CIU), on 247-1744 or, the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number at 800-8477.



Traffic Stop Social Media Post

SOCIAL MEDIA POST The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a social media post, accompanied by a video clip, alleging wrongdoing on the part of officers during a traffic stop on Friday 17TH July. The video clip and the account of the events given in that social media post, do not depict the full details of what transpired during that traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle has not lodged a formal complaint against the officers involved and the Bermuda Police Service has made a number of attempts to speak with that person to bring resolution to the situation and we continue to do so. A BPS spokesperson did reach that person by phone, to arrange a meeting with Commissioner Stephen Corbishley but, was told it would not be until next week, that the individual may be able to meet to discuss the situation. The BPS has reviewed footage from the bodycams worn by the officers during the traffic stop and determined that the officers followed proper protocol during the execution of their duties whilst responding to a report of a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner.  



Daily Report 17-Jul-2020

Confirmed firearms incident. At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, 16th July, COMOPS received several 911 calls reporting multiple gunshots heard in the Curving Ave/Rambling Lane, Pembroke area. Other callers reported the gunshots were heard in the Middle Town area.  Officers attended both locations and discovered forensic evidence in the roadway as well as on a nearby staircase to confirm a firearms had occurred on Middletown Drive, Pembroke.  Officers also conducted house to house enquiries in the area and found projectiles lodged in a fence near that location.  There have been no reports of any injuries. The scene was processed by officers from the Forensics Unit and an investigation into this incident has been commenced by detectives from the Serious Crime Division. Anyone with information is asked to call 211, the main police number 295-0011 or, the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number. 800-8477.



COMMUNITY SUPPORT

COMMUNITY SUPPORT In recent days, you would have seen a number of individuals appear before the courts charged with serious offences involving violence. Included among them a 25 year old man charged with Murder and firearms offences in connection with the murder of Ronniko Burchall on the 29th December 2018.  The same man is suspected and has been additionally charged with using a firearm in an attempt to murder another man in St George’s Parish on Saturday, 13th June, 2020 and has been remanded into custody pending next court appearance.   Antoine Daniels, Assistant Commissioner of Police stated: 



SCAM E-MAILS AND ADVERTISEMENTS

SCAM E-MAILS AND ADVERTISEMENTS The Bermuda Police Service wishes to advise the public of a scam email promoting an investment opportunity supposedly endorsed by Premier David Burt. Premier Burt is referred to as “Prime Minister Burt” in the scam email, which invites individuals to invest in a crypto-currency opportunity, promising significant returns. The e-mail when opened forwards the user to a fraudulent investment platform which is used to harvest credit card details. The scam also takes the form of various advertisements on social media platforms, but more often than not, Facebook. Members of the public are reminded to be more vigilant than usual during these difficult economic times in order to avoid falling victim to such scams, given that they are constantly changing, as those responsible continue in their effort to fleece the unsuspecting of their hard earned cash. 



Daily Report 15-Jul-2020

Man Arrested for Offensive Weapon At around 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, 14th July, police received a report of a male allegedly armed with a knife, causing a disturbance inside a North Hamilton establishment.  Upon police arrival, it was discovered the subject had left the area on a motorcycle, while not wearing a helmet. A search of the area commenced, and the subject was seen approaching a residence on Middletown Lane, Pembroke, when he lost control of the motorcycle and fell onto the roadway. Checks indicated that the motorcycle was unlicensed and uninsured. Officers approached the male and arrested him on suspicion of having an offensive weapon. A subsequent search revealed he had a box cutter in his possession. He was then arrested for being in possession of an offensive weapon.  Officers also smelt alcohol emanating from the man’s breath and saw that his eyes were glazed. He refused to submit a breath sample when requested to do so. The suspect was charged with carrying an offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failing to comply with a demand for a breath test. He was also issued four moving violation tickets for riding an uninsured motorcycle, riding an unlicensed motorcycle, not having a driver’s license and riding without a helmet.  



Sudden Death of Roger Richardson

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 57 year old Mr. Roger Richardson and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.  Mr. Richardson was found in an unresponsive state at an industrial site at Khyber Pass in Warwick, shortly after 10:30 a.m. yesterday, Monday, 13th July. He was pronounced dead by an on call physician a short time later. Foul play is not suspected.



Daily Report 14-Jul-2020

Drug Seizure More than half a million dollars-worth of suspected illegal drugs seized in joint operation involving the Bermuda Police Service and H.M. Customs. The protracted exercise dubbed Operation Triton, also resulted in four arrests as well as more than fourteen thousand dollars in cash. The joint initiative included the police Drugs Unit, Intelligence Department and Gang Targeting Unit, working alongside our HM Customs partners.  Among the items seized were suspected cocaine, cannabis, molly (MDMA) and heroin. Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, Officer in charge (OIC) Serious Crime, stated: “The investigation into this significant seizure remains ongoing and as such no further information will be provided at this time.  However, I wish to commend our hard working officers and their colleagues at H.M. Customs for their diligence and use of extensive intelligence gathering and investigative capabilities to prevent the potential threat these items could have posed to the wider community, were they not detected and made it on to the streets.”  



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15 August 2020

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