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Sudden Death of Death Of Kerry Lee Horrer

Fri, 2022-08-26

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 40-year-old Kerry Lee Horrer, an American visitor.

Mr. Horrer’s lifeless body was discovered in the vicinity of the Victualing Yard, in Dockyard, by members of the public on Monday 22nd of August, 2022.

An investigation surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Horrer’s death continues, however an autopsy has revealed that foul play is not suspected.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Kerry Lee Horrer at this difficult time.

Sudden Death of 57 Yr-Old Judy Severe

Wed, 2022-08-24

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 57 Yr-Old Ms. Judy Severe.

Ms. Severe was one of several visiting cruise ship passengers at the Horseshoe Bay Beach on Saturday, the 21st of August, 2022.

It was reported that Ms. Severe and others from her group were out snorkeling in shallow waters, when Lifeguards observed that she had not moved from her position for a period of time and decided to check in on her. On doing so, they discovered that she was unresponsive. Lifeguards pulled her body ashore, where lifesaving efforts were attempted by lifeguards and two off-duty nurses, prior to the arrival of emergency services. However, she was pronounced dead on arrival at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

An autopsy has revealed that the cause of death was due to drowning.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Judy Severe during this difficult time.

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"

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