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Sudden Death: Horseshoe Bay Beach, Warwick

Wed, 2022-08-24

Shortly after 3pm on Saturday 20th of August, Police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a medical emergency at the Horseshoe Bay Beach in Warwick.

Upon police arrival, it was ascertained that at 57-Yr-Old female visitor, had been pulled from shallow waters by on duty lifeguards, in an unresponsive state.

Despite lifesaving efforts commenced at the scene, she was subsequently pronounced dead on arrival at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

An autopsy is anticipated to determine the cause of death.No further information will be provided until the next of kin has been informed.

Renewed Witness Appeal:Jason Mello Murder Investigation

Wed, 2022-08-24

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information in connection with the murder of Jason MELLO. Jason MELLO was fatally shot on Friday 19th August 2016, six years ago whilst on Bandroom Lane, Pembroke.

The gunman is believed to have entered Bandroom Lane, wearing a full face visor helmet and heavy dark coloured winter clothing that would have been unusual on a hot August evening.

The gunman is believed to parked the cycle higher up on Bandroom Lane, and walked down to where he shot Mr. MELLO several times.

The gunman then returned to his parked motorcycle and rode back out through St. Monica’s Road area.

Police are appealing to witness or anyone who may have any information “No matter how insignificant it may seem” to contact Detective Sergeant Dean Martin at the Serious Crime Uniton 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477, or an officer you may know.

5 Arrested, Cash, Drugs & Ammunition Seized during Simultaneous Multiple Search Warrants

Wed, 2022-08-24

On Thursday, 11th August 2022, The Bermuda Police Service conducted Operation ALGEDI that saw the simultaneous execution of multiple searches involving over 70 police officers. The BPS Financial Crime

Unit, assisted by the Serious Crime Department, Drugs Unit, Tactical Division and the Community Policing Division, executed 18 search warrants across several properties in Bermuda. Following the Proceeds OfCrime Act search warrants, some live ammunition, drugs, believed to be cocaine, and more than $300,000.00 in cash were seized.A quantity of high value goods believed to be acquired from the proceeds of crime were also seizedFive persons were arrested in relation to this Operation. No police officer, politician or customs officer was arrested.

Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph of the Specialists Investigations Department stated: "Money Laundering and the associated predicate offenses cause significant harm to our community and the financial reputation of Bermuda. The investigation is at a critical juncture, and no further information will be provided at this time"

Decision Made to Dismiss Officer Following Special Case Hearing

Wed, 2022-08-24

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons said earlier today, "A Special Case Hearing [Hearing] was held in accordance with Police [Conduct] Orders 2016.This Hearing was held because of matters arising out of a gross misconduct matter involving the former Police Constable.

Following the Hearing, a decision was reached today resulting in the former Police Constable’s immediate dismissal without notice."

The Commissioner further stated, "The former officer was a significant witness to a serious crime, and then denied being present. The facts later came to light and after an internal employment process, the officer was dismissed for the dishonesty."

"The Bermuda Police Service maintains Standards of Professional Behaviour that officers are expected to uphold. It was determined that this officer’s behaviour fell well below that standard and was dismissed without notice.“The officer has a right of appeal and as such it would not be appropriate to release further information."

Introduction of the Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse Survey

Tue, 2022-08-09

Domestic abuse is a serious issue. The Bermuda Police Service is committed to improving our response to and how we treat the issue within in our community. Along with several of our community partners, including; The Center Against Abuse and the Department of Child and Family Services, are seekin

input and active participation from you. This is your opportunity to help shape where we focus our efforts and how we deliver our services to better meet your needs.

We are starting with an anonymous survey in order to better understand the problem. The data gleaned from the survey, will guide us in how we address the subject of domestic violence and more importantly how we look after victims and help reform those responsible for committing these acts. The importance of your views cannot be understated.

The survey will go live today and run through to Wednesday 31st August 2022.  It will take the form of a number of multiple-choice questions gauging the performance of first responders such as the Bermuda Police Service, as well as our partner agencies who provide the necessary aftercare and rehabilitation where needed.

Officer Hospitalized After Dog Attack, Man Arrested in Connection with the Incident

Wed, 2022-07-27

Around 12:44pm on Wednesday 27th July, 2022, police attended a report of threatening behaviour outside of a popular Front Street Restaurant.

The suspect was approached by attending officers. Whilst talking to police, the suspect became aggressive and set his Pitbull Terrier on one of the officers. The dog grabbed a hold of the officer’s arm and did not let go. The officer eventually got free of the dog and restrained it, to avoid having the dog attack anyone else. Whilst being restrained, the animal, subsequently died.

The officer has been transported to KEMH via ambulance, where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

The suspect has been arrested and detained.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the incident to call 211.

Cup Match 2022 Holiday Weekend Policing Plan

Tue, 2022-07-26

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard - "Well, it is Cup Match time in Bermuda. It is a time to reflect, remember and celebrate Emancipation Day and Mary Prince Day, and who we are as a community. The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) wishes to take this opportunity to advise the public on a number of matters, to ensure a safe time for all during this year’s Cup Match holiday weekend.

The purpose of this press release is more about safety and less about how we intend to police this weekend holiday.

High Visibility Patrols

As there are a number of events taking place over this four day holiday weekend, there will be a robust police presence throughout the island. We will be partnering with the Bermuda Reserve Police (BRP) and the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR).

There are two intents for this. The first is to discourage those members of our community that might seek to disrupt our holiday with acts of anti-social behaviour or criminality.

The second is to continue applying the objectives of our Road Safety Strategy which include reducing road traffic collisions in all areas from damage only to injury to fatalities; combating anti-social road use and reducing incidents of impaired driving.

In order to apply these objectives the BPS will engage those persons within the motoring public at all levels from merely having a presence to issuing of motorist advice notices (warnings) to enforcement by tickets and/or arrest based on relevant legislation. The intent is to influence driver behaviour, making the roads safer for all of us as we travel to the many events planned.

We will ensure a proportionate policing response to the multiple major events taking place over the four days.

Cup Match

As you are all aware the Annual Cup Match between Somerset and St. George's Cricket Clubs commence this Thursday at 10am. We are expecting a few thousand people over the two days. Police presence will be high at this event. We will be working in partnership with the Somerset Cricket Club, the BRP and a private security company who will be providing CCTV coverage throughout the grounds.

Marine

In partnership with the Bermuda Reserve Police and the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coastguard, there will be a visible presence on the water. I would like to remind the boating public to ensure that their vessels are registered; that a current decal is prominently displayed on the starboard side of the vessel; that they ensure that all required safety equipment is on board; that they are carrying enough fuel for the intended journey. It is also recommended that they file a float plan if they intend to go offshore.

The expectation is to have fun, enjoy the holiday but be responsible. It is our collective responsibility to make Bermuda safer.

On behalf of the Commissioner of Police, I wish the entire community a pleasant, enjoyable and safe Cup Match Weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you at some of the events taking place."

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