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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.

Court Remands 34-Year-Old Man Into Custody for Burglary Spree

Fri, 2022-10-14

Between the 30th of August 2022 and the 11th of October 2022, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) investigated the reported burglaries of several local businesses, namely:

•             Price Rite in Warwick

•             Robin Hood Pub & Restaurant in Pembroke

•             Ocean View Golf Club in Devonshire

•             North Village Community Club in Pembroke, and

•             A-1 MarketPlace Supermarket in Smith’s parish.

An individual was captured on CCTV either entering the premises during daylight hours and or during the hours of darkness, stealing a quantity of alcoholic beverages, hardware tools and a cooler.

As a result of the investigation, this male intruder was apprehended by police, whilst trying to commit another act of a similar nature.

Today (Friday, 14th October 2022), the BPS can confirm that 34-year-old Melvin Holdipp appeared in Magistrates’ Court and pled guilty to 10 counts of burglary and 4 counts of theft, totalling over $5,000 worth of goods – in addition to $1,500 worth of property damage. He was then remanded into custody, pending sentencing.

The Bermuda Police Service wish to thank members of the public for their assistance in these matters.

Motorcyclist Injured After Three Vehicle Collision in Pembroke

Fri, 2022-10-14

Around 4pm Thursday, 13th October 2022 a reported three vehicle collision occurred on St. John’s Road in Pembroke, near the junction with Cox’s Hill Road.

Police, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service as well as ambulance personnel responded to the scene.

It appears that a motorcyclist travelling east on St. John’s Road struck the back of an eastbound SUV that had come to a stop. Apparently the rider, said to be a 32-year-old Smith’s parish man, then fell into the path of a truck being driven in the opposite direction, ending up under the truck.

It is understood members of the public also came to the rider’s assistance.

Once EMTs extracted the 32-year-old man from under the truck, he was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance, conscious and breathing, for treatment of various non-life threatening injuries.

Area traffic was diverted for approximately two hours while the crash site was processed.

All three vehicles involved were damaged. The driver of the SUV, said to be a 72-year-old Pembroke man and the driver of the truck, said to be a 46-year-old Pembroke man, were not hurt.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses are encouraged to call 211.

Reported Serious Two Motorcycle Collision in Southampton: Three Hurt

Fri, 2022-10-14

Three people, a female motorcycle rider, her female pillion passenger and a male motorcycle rider, were taken to hospital following a head on road traffic collision on the Rising Sun stretch, Middle Road, Southampton, around 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 13th, 2022.

The female motorcyclist whose age remains unconfirmed, suffered a head wound and was unresponsive for a short time.

Her eighteen year old female pillion passenger, was left with abrasions about the body.

The thirty one year old male motorcycle rider, sustained a broken leg and suspected broken arm.

All three were transported to hospital by ambulance for further treatment of their injuries, which are not considered life-threatening at this time.

The crash resulted in a three hour road closure with traffic diverted from the scene as it was processed by Traffic Collision Investigators and officers from the Forensic Support Unit.

Both motorcycles were written off.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed or, has information on this serious road traffic collision, to please call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels Attends CONSLE Meeting

Wed, 2022-10-12

On the heels of Bermuda Government’s ‘Stop the Violence' two-day community workshop, the Minister of National Security Mr. Michael Weeks, JP MP, together with Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Antoine Daniels, recently attended the 24th sitting of the annual meeting of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The 3-day meeting was attended by Government Ministers and law enforcement representatives from the CARICOM member states, as well as U.S. leads from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (HSI).

Dr. Horace Chang the CONSLE Chair, who also performs dual roles as Jamaica’s Deputy Leader and Minister for National Security, stated that the meeting was an opportunity to examine solutions to discuss complex challenges facing the CARICOM region, with a singular focus, as well as to explore ways to strengthen existing frameworks and partnerships.

He identified four priority areas that are of common security interest to member states.

These are:

o              Firearms Trafficking

o              Cyber Security

o              Trafficking in Persons and

o              Maritime Security.

Although small islands in terms of landmass, there are huge vulnerabilities due to the vast ocean geography. Risks are not only associated with the smuggling of firearms and illicit drugs, but also unlawful fishing by international vessels, thus creating a real threat to fishing stocks, with island residents suffering from potential food shortages in future. A particular reference was made to a ship that was tracked, targeted and boarded by law enforcement whereby 240 metric tons (+500,000 pounds) of assorted tuna was removed from the Caribbean Sea by unauthorized international fisherman. The dual threat of land and sea criminality, with conservative estimates as high as 10% of member states GDP potentially being lost.

A key and reoccurring theme of the meeting was a heavy emphasis on strengthening partnerships, training, building international alliances, having effective implementation plans, information/intelligence sharing, leveraging technology, having more agility and less bureaucracy and building a framework to deploy existing and any new resources more effectively.

The Chair, Dr. Chang, noted that 4 CARICOM states are currently included in the world’s top 10 for homicide rates per 100,000 residents. He spoke about the scourge of firearms within the Caribbean Region and the effect this has on the quality of life, namely people, the environment and the economy. Despite there being no firearms manufacturers in any of the member states, 70% of Jamaica’s annual average of 1,300 homicides are committed with the use of firearms, that are too easily accessible to organised crime groups, and those individuals’ intent on causing harm and death.

ACOP Daniels stated: “There is a continuous requirement for Bermuda law enforcement agencies to strengthen their relationships with our Caribbean and U.S counterparts, such as CBP/ATF/HSI, as there are striking similarities between the multiple challenges facing the Caribbean and Bermuda, with us all being small island states surrounded by vast expanses of ocean.” 

Mr. Daniels added: “Despite the scale/scope of issues differing in terms of volume, many of the root causes of violence and community impact are identical. Bermuda has already experienced 8 murders in 2022 alone, and 11 persons killed within a 12-month period with the use of either a firearm (6) or bladed instrument (5), both unprecedented since the recording of annual statistics began.

Although violence in our society is a complex, wider community problem and not solely a law enforcement one, the BPS and its local partners have an important role to play in an effort to tackle current and emerging threats, ensuring that the most dangerous criminals are targeted, apprehended, prosecuted and incarcerated.”

Minister Weeks was pleased to have attended the workshop with ACOP Daniels and found the sessions extremely informative. Meeting other Island leaders and discussing common issues amongst the Islands, was very helpful, particularly as we fine tune our strategy for tackling violence and anti-social behaviour in Bermuda.

Operation Vega Update

Tue, 2022-10-11

We are once again reporting good performance across the police service with the Operation Vega traffic enforcement initiative. We are pleased with the results, albeit the numbers are down from the previous reporting period.

When assessing these numbers, we also have to consider the number of calls for service requiring police officer attendance. These calls for service must be addressed in tandem with Operation Vega.

We continue to be concerned with the number of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on the roads. We once again advise everyone to ensure your vehicle is licensed and insured. Also, that your driver’s license is current and not expired.

We are delighted that Operation Vega appears to be having some influence on collision numbers. We recently reported that 3rd quarter collision numbers were reduced when compared with previous years. This is indeed the space we want to be in, but we still have much work in front of us to bring down the numbers further and achieve our overall goal of making Bermuda safer, including on the roads.

The break-down of traffic offences reported is as follows:

·         Speeding                                         281 (-87) (Over the limit speeds ranged from 59 kph to 95 kph) 

·         Traffic Sign                                       39 (-74)                 

·         Unlicensed Vehicle                         55 (-20)                  

·         No third party insurance                 56 (-3)            

·         No Driver’s license                         32 (-14)      

·         Manner of driving                          14 (+2)

·         Disqualified                                      5 (+2)                     

·         Seatbelt                                            11 (+7)                       

·         Helmet                                              5 (-10)               

·         Handheld device                              0 (+0)

·         Defective vehicle                             2 (-5)

·         Fail to give name/address              0 (0)

·         Fail to Stop                                        2 (-8)

·         Fraud Docs                                        6 (+5)

·         Defective Vehicle                             2 (+2)

·         Making False Statement                 1 (+1)                           

·         Impaired Driving Arrests                 17

Competing with Operation Vega performance are calls for service.  This was a busy period for calls for service with 976 recorded in this period.

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