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BPS Firearms Training in Devonshire: 25th, 26th & 27th October

Mon, 2022-10-24

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is advising the public that firearms training for armed police officers will take place Tuesday, 25th October through Thursday, 27th October 2022, from 9am until 3pm all three days.

The scenario based training will be carried out in and around the Prospect, Devonshire BPS headquarters area, as well as Middle Road and Montpelier Road, Devonshire.

There may be loud noises during each exercise and the BPS thanks the public in advance for their understanding.

Two Arrested, Stolen Motorcycle Recovered After Police Pursuit Friday

Mon, 2022-10-24

Around 3pm Friday, 21st October 2022 police officers were involved in a pursuit of a suspected stolen motorcycle from Paget, through Devonshire into Smith’s parish, after the rider failed to stop and rode in a dangerous manner.

The incident ended in the vicinity of St. Patrick’s Church on South Road in Smith’s parish, after the rider lost control of the motorcycle.

The two male suspects (rider and pillion passenger) were arrested after attempting to escape on foot.

Both suspects, understood to be a 17 year old local male and a 16 year old local male were unhurt and later released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

The motorcycle involved was recovered by police and later confirmed stolen.

Any witnesses or members of the public with relevant information are encouraged to call 211.

Fentanyl Candy Warning Shared on Social Media: No Instances Locally

Fri, 2022-10-21

With Halloween fast approaching, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is aware of information circulating on social media stating that “Fentanyl is being packaged as Skittles & Nerds” candy.

However, there have been no instances locally reported to the BPS.

Nonetheless, members of the public – particularly those that celebrate Halloween – are reminded to remain vigilant regarding any candy they may receive.

Rider Hurt After Motorcycle & Truck Collide in Sandys Parish

Thu, 2022-10-20

Around 1:55pm today, Thursday 20th October 2022, a reported two vehicle collision occurred at the junction of Malabar Road and Heydon Road in Sandys parish.

It appears that a motorcyclist was travelling east along Malabar Road and a West End Development Corporation truck was being driven in the opposite direction when the vehicles collided as the truck driver, said to be a 47-year-old Pembroke man, attempted to make a right turn onto Heydon Road.

The rider, said to be a 33-year-old St. George’s man, apparently sustained injuries to his legs and was initially treated at the crash site by EMTs.

He was then transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, conscious and breathing, for further treatment.

The truck driver was not hurt.

Traffic diversions were in effect for approximately three hours while the scene was processed and motorists in the area experienced some delays as a result.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses are encouraged to call 211 or e-mail

Residents Reminded of Proactive Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips

Thu, 2022-10-20

Due to a recent increase in reported thefts from unattended parked vehicles, the Bermuda Police Service is reminding members of the public to take proactive steps to reduce the chances of opportunistic crime.

Residents are once again advised to be vigilant about where they park their motorcycles, cars, trucks/vans – particularly overnight (well-lit areas are preferable). It is also strongly recommended that valuable items are removed before leaving vehicles parked and unattended.

Parked motorcycles should be secured using the handlebar lock along with a secondary lock – like a wheel lock or throttle lock – and if the motorcycle has a storage box, it should also be secured before leaving the vehicle unattended.

In general, the following pre-emptive tips can help reduce theft from vehicles.

•             Always lock unattended vehicles

Make it a habit to lock your vehicle, even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment. For cars and trucks/vans, that includes closing all windows and the sun roof, if the vehicle has one.

•             Take valuables with you or hide them

Typical items stolen from unattended motorcycles include helmets and rain suits. Ideally, neither should be left under the seat, or in a lockbox. Any personal/electronic items left visible in unattended cars increases the likelihood that they will be stolen. Hide them in the trunk/boot, or take them with you.

•             Mark and lock away tools left in unattended trucks/vans

Trucks/vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If leaving tools in an unattended truck/van during the day or overnight, mark them clearly with your name/company name and address. Use permanent marker and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Consider using a lockable cabinet within your truck/van to store tools, take photographs of them and note their serial numbers.

As always, members of the public are encouraged to report any suspicious individuals or activity seen around unattended parked vehicles, by calling 211 at the earliest opportunity – providing as much information as possible about the location and time of any suspicious behaviour, as well as a description of the suspect(s) involved, if possible.

17 BPS Officers Complete Essex Police Fatal Collision Investigators Course

Mon, 2022-10-17

Between 10th and 14th October 2022, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) hosted UK trainers from Essex Police at Police Headquarters in Prospect, Devonshire.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell (Tactical Operations) explained, “The instructors, Inspector Mark Fraser and Sergeant Kevin May, took BPS Roads Policing Unit officers plus Traffic Collision Investigators strategically through relatively new processes of approaching as well as conducting fatal collision investigations, considering various different aspects and components of fatal collisions. BPS officers on the course were also guided through the mechanisms of Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) approaches to investigations, including the development of policy decisions supported by various actions. At the conclusion of the training, all 17 officers that participated graduated with certificates as qualified fatal collision investigator SIOs, embracing the new skills they learned with a view to substantially elevating existing fatal collision investigation protocols.”

The following BPS officers successfully completed the Essex Police fatal collision investigators course:

•             Constable 469 Walter Jackson

•             Constable 836 Victor Fishington

•             Constable 862 Jason Ming

•             Constable 878 Carl Gibbons

•             Constable 951 Stephen Paynter

•             Constable 2004 Roger Fox 

•             Sergeant 2111 Olasunkanmi Akinmola

•             Constable 2123 Asaph Rawlins

•             Sergeant 2178 Michael Butcher

•             Constable 2221 Dennis Joell

•             Sergeant 2338 Anton Gilbert

•             Inspector 2345 Kenten Trott

•             Constable 2365 Stephen Allen

•             Acting Sergeant 2400 Chaquita Simmons

•             Acting Sergeant 2468 Jason Savoury

•             Acting Sergeant 2475 Mellisa Butler

•             Constable 2543 Kayla Smith

Photo courtesy of Dexter Flood.

Motorcyclist Hurt in Southampton Crash Friday Evening

Sat, 2022-10-15

Around 9:40 pm on Friday, October 14th, 2022, police responded to a single vehicle road traffic collision, on Middle Road near the junction with Luke’s Pond Road, Southampton.

A sixty-one-year-old male was riding a motorcycle west, on Middle Road, when he lost control of the vehicle and ended up on the roadway.

He was transported by ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was attended to for what were described as non life threatening injuries, abrasions to the face and a broken right shoulder.

Investigations into this matter are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.



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