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COVID-19 Emergency Powers

Wed, 2020-08-12

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 a
licensed 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

Wed, 2020-08-12

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

Wed, 2020-08-12

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

Mon, 2020-07-20

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

Mon, 2020-07-20

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

Mon, 2020-07-20

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

Mon, 2020-07-20

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. 

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