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BPS on LGBTQ+ Community and Events

Wed, 2022-08-24

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons
"This is an important week for our LGBTQ+ community members with several upcoming events planned for Bermuda Pride 2022. We have been working alongside OUTBermuda to plan safe public events.
Sadly, sometimes there is still a narrative of disrespectful, and sometimes hateful, comments that cause feelings of fear and isolation.This is not right. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect; even if we differ.
The BPS is committed to serving, respecting, and protecting each of our community members and I take this opportunity to reaffirm that their police service will be there when they have need."


Acting Superintendent Jerome Laws:
"The LGBTQ+ Community is growing in Bermuda and the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) must ensure that our staff understand and practice the BPS Code of Ethics and Core Values in the areas of Diversity, Equality and Fairness.
In the BPS Strategic and Operational Plan 2021 -2026 under ‘Work in Partnership’ a key deliverable is to 'develop our links with faith-based communities and other hard to reach groups (e.g. LGBTQ+)’.
• I am leading on this item, supported by a team of officers and the Occupational Health Unit.
• The BPS will create a safe space supportive of a professional environment for all LGBTQ+ staff within the BPS.
• We welcome colleagues from all backgrounds to support and to actively aspire to represent all of our communities through intersectionality.
• The BPS attends meetings with various stakeholders in the LGBQT+ Community to discuss work processes, support requirements and scrutiny.
• We are in the process of facilitating an LGBTQ+ Community input on training days
• We are currently involved in preparations for the Bermuda Pride 2022 being held on the weekend of August 26th – 28th 2022."

 

40 Yr-Old Man Found Dead in Dockyard

Wed, 2022-08-24

Shortly before 11pm on Monday 22nd August, police and other first responders attended a report of an unresponsive male being found in the vicinity of the Victualing Yard in Dockyard.

On arrival, EMT’s attended to a 40 year-old male, however it was determined that there were no signs of life present and death was certified at the scene by an attending physician.

An investigation surrounding the circumstances of the man’s death has commenced. No further information will be given until the next of kin has been notified.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Dockyard area and noticed anything unusual between 6pm and 11pm, to contact Inspector Clifford Roberts on 717-0590 or 211.

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.

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