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COVID-19 Regulations Reminder for Liquor Licenced Premises

Tue, 2021-02-23

Since the lifting of the curfew and extension of opening hours for bars and restaurants, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), has already had to issue two 24-hour closure orders to liquor licensed establishments for failing to adhere to COVID-19 regulations as they relate to bars and nightclubs.

Martin Weekes the Assistant Commissioner of Police – Operations, said: “It is not our intention nor our desire to be closing businesses during these already difficult times. However, the government has issued regulations that must be adhered to in order to prevent the spread of the novel Corona Virus, COVID-19.

The BPS will continue to work with the owners and operators of bars, nightclubs and restaurants to gain compliance with the stated guidelines.

Bullet Recovered

Mon, 2021-02-22

An off duty police officer reported that just after 2:40 p.m. on Sunday 21st February, 2021, he was approached by a member of the public who handed him a live bullet. It is believed that the bullet was found in the Harlem Heights area of Hamilton Parish.

On duty officers recovered the bullet, which will be forensically processed.

Suspicious Activity

Around 9:55 p.m. on Saturday 20-Feb-2021, Police received information that two men wearing all black clothing, were repeatedly seen riding around the area of Harlem Heights Road in Hamilton Parish on a black motorcycle.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Inspector Emmerson Carrington

Fri, 2021-02-19

Today's Black History Month Trailblazer: Inspector Emmerson Carrington

Emmerson who was born in Barbados joined the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) in June 2003. He has held several key postings within the BPS, inclusive of a Training School Instructor, Traffic Collision Investigator and Firearms Incident Commander.

He was promoted to the rank of Inspector in January 2011. His present posting is the BPS Offender Risk Management Team Coordinator and he continues to works closely with our sister services and other helping agencies.

In addition to his policing duties, Emmerson is an avid sportsman and was the head of the BPS Bowling Team, the Blue Lanterns in the local bowling league. In 2013, he organized and led a team of BPS Athletes to the World Police and Fire Games, held in Belfast, Ireland, where they won several silver and bronze medals.

Since 2010, he has been a member of the Bermuda Cricket Board Umpires Association, and currently holds an Executive position of Assistant Secretary. He has officiated in International World Cup T20 Matches and since 2014, he has been the Senior Umpiring Official in Bermuda’s Annual Cup Match Classic.

Having become a cricket umpire, for the years 2014, 2017, 2018 and most recently in 2019, Emmerson was awarded the coveted title of BCB Cricket Umpire of the Year.

Reported Robbery in Paget & Man Arrested for Warrants Plus Bladed Article

Thu, 2021-02-18

Robbery

Around 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday 17th February, 2021, Police responded to a report of a robbery which occurred at the junction of Ord Road and Cherry Hill Park, Paget.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant a nineteen-year-old woman who told officers she was riding east on Ord Road, taking her sixteen-year-old friend to school when as they neared the junction with Cherry Hill Park, a white motorcycle with two unknown men approached them.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Former Inspector Edward "Bosun" Swainson

Thu, 2021-02-18

Today’s Black History Month Trailblazer: Former Inspector Edward “Bosun” Swainson

Inspector Edward R. “Bosun” Swainson made history when he scored the first century in Cup Match in 1937, and he went on to become a legendary police officer who was our first black officer to be promoted to the rank of Inspector.

Edward was born in Bermuda in 1901. As a young man he proved to be an outstanding all-round sportsman and was clearly an exceptional cricketer who joined St George’s C.C. at the age of 15, and by 1925 he was appointed captain of St. George‘s Cup Match team.  

It is a little known fact that during the 1920’s Bermuda would regularly send teams of our best “coloured” cricketers to New York to compete against teams from the West Indies. After his brilliant performances during a 1927 tour, it was said of Bosun that he “… gave such an exhibition of masterly batting as evoked the plaudits of the most sophisticated critics, who acclaimed him when he first played in New York, as the finest batsman seen in New York since the Australians visited the country over 20 years ago.” High praise indeed!

“Bosun” or “Bo” as he became known, joined the Police Force in 1935, and quickly established his reputation as a resourceful and excellent police officer. Two years later he scored 122 runs to achieve the first century in Cup Match, and he almost repeated this feat the next year when he scored 99. 

By 1945, “Bosun” had also proven his ability as a highly efficient investigator, and he was appointed as a Detective.  Three years later, in May 1948 “Bosun” was promoted to Detective Sergeant, and less than 12 months later he made history when he was promoted to Detective Inspector becoming the first black Bermudian to reach the rank of Inspector.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Former Chief Superintendent Oliver Salsbury Winfield "Chief" Trott QPM CSM LSM

Wed, 2021-02-17

Today’s Black History Month Trailblazer: Former Chief Superintendent Oliver Salsbury Winfield "Chief" Trott QPM CSM LSM

Chief Superintendent Oliver “Chief” Trott was, without doubt one of the most popular and respected officers to ever serve in the Bermuda Police Force. Although his later years were spent as Chief Superintendent in Uniform, it is as a brilliant detective that he earned his richly deserved reputation. Oliver, was born in St. George’s on 24th July 1914, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Trott. Their family home was the yellow cottage standing just behind Somers Gardens at the corner of Shinbone Alley.

We’re not sure what compelled Oliver to do so, but in 1939 at the age of 24, he made the decision to join the Bermuda Police Service, at a time when men of “colour” had great difficulty making progress through the ranks. Oliver spent his early years on the Force in uniform, first at Hamilton Police Station and then as Paget Parish Constable. He spent some time serving in Somerset, however, in 1952, he was transferred to CID which was clearly the turning point in his Police career. He excelled as a detective officer and spent most of the rest of his distinguished career in CID. His rapid progress through the ranks was a testament to his ability and dedication. He was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1955, and just one year later, in 1956, he was promoted to Detective Inspector. That was an exceptionally quick promotion by any standard. Five years later, in 1961, he was promoted to Chief Inspector in charge of Central CID where he cemented his reputation as an outstanding detective. During his time in CID Oliver was involved in the investigation of many serious crimes, including the Warwick murders, and on several major cases he worked closely with Scotland Yard Detectives brought in from abroad to provide assistance.

In 1967, Oliver was promoted to Superintendent in uniform and became Bermuda’s first recruiting officer in charge of recruitment and training. Throughout most of the 1960s he interviewed literally hundreds of potential recruits and travelled to the U.K and to the West Indies to do so, as well as interviewing Bermudian applicants for the Police Force. Oliver was the first Chairman of the Bermuda Police Association and was instrumental in pushing for the intermingling of all police officers, regardless of race, in a social setting at the Police Recreation Club. He was an avid cricket fan and would often turn out to support the Police Force cricket team.

In 1968 Oliver was promoted to Chief Superintendent, a position he held until his retirement from the Force on January 29th, 1972, after a career spanning over 33 years. During his illustrious service Oliver received numerous letters of good work and Commissioner’s Commendations for his expertise in solving serious crimes and in 1962, he was awarded the Police Long Service Medal, the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1968, and in 1971, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his Distinguished Service.

Black History Month Trailblazer: Deputy Commandant Ron-Michel Eugene Davis

Tue, 2021-02-16

Today’s Black History Month Trailblazer: Deputy Commandant Ron-Michel Eugene Davis

Ron-Michel is a born Bermudian Officer and married to his wife Le'Shea. He has two sons ages 16 and 10 years old.

Ron-Michel joined the Bermuda Police Reserves in November 2001, and during his tenure has been posted to several key postings in the Bermuda Police Service. During his early years his leadership and strong work ethic was quite evident and resulted in him being identified as a future leader of the organization.

In June 2004, he was promoted to Reserve Sergeant and over the next ten years he continued to rise through the ranks. In March 2014, following a rigorous promotion process; he was promoted to his present rank of Deputy Commandant.

He has served for over 20 years and during his time, he has worked on several major investigation and has supported the Bermuda Police Service with achieving its priority goals and objectives.

Ron-Michel continues to coach, mentor and invest of his time to develop the officers under his charge. For his efforts he has been awarded several merit and appreciation awards and letters of good work.

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