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ADVICE TO SENIORS AND CAREGIVERS

Wed, 2020-04-22

With the onset of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), our seniors could find themselves at particular risk from dishonest individuals, who may approach them on the premise of offering help, but have other less than honourable intentions.

Detective Inspector Karema Flood of the Bermuda Police Service Vulnerable Persons Unit has the following advice, in keeping with best practice in the UK and other jurisdictions, on how seniors can stay safe when getting help from others.


If you are getting help from someone, other than a trusted relative/friend, do not give them:

• any information about your money

• any information about your bank cards

• your bank card number or your PIN number

• your phone number, address or any of your personal information

 

If you feel unsure about someone:

• Do not engage in conversation with them

• Do not let them into your residence

• Contact the Police at 911

For those of you with elderly relatives or who may live near an elderly person, we urge you to check in with them as often as possible, preferably by phone or electronically (email, WhatsApp, text message etc.).


Non Emergency Contact Launch

Tue, 2020-04-14

In order to provide faster and more efficient service to the community, the Bermuda Police Service is implementing a new reporting hotline, “211”.

The new “211” number is meant to be used when contacting us for non-emergency situations.

These include but are not limited to: 

Reporting a crime/issue that does not require an immediate emergency response

You need to report a situation/crime but you or someone else are not in immediate danger.

You wish to speak with your Parish Constable.

You wish to provide information about a crime. 

The introduction of the “211” number is also meant to avoid members of the public calling “911” for non-emergency calls.

The “911” number will remain in effect, but as is currently the case, it is to be used only in case of an emergency.

The BPS has also introduced a new Community Reporting Portal, https://portal.police.bm

The BPS Community Reporting Portal is now live and allows the public to report minor crimes or incidents and make police complaints online via a secure efficient and convenient website.

Coughing Incident

Tue, 2020-04-14

By now, the public is aware of the abhorrent actions of a member of the public which resulted in four members of the Bermuda Police Service having to be quarantined as a precaution to ensure they have not contracted the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

It all stemmed from the arrest of an individual who deliberately coughed on two officers during an arrest for drink driving. The suspect who was also in breach of Shelter in Place Orders, claimed at the time, that he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

His claims are yet to be confirmed.

Two other officers also became concerned for their safety after the individual sustained an injury as he struggled with them while being processed at the Hamilton Police Station.

All four officers have now been placed in quarantine for the next fourteen days.

This situation highlights the dangers faced by all frontline workers as we seek to ensure public safety in the face of what is a highly contagious disease.

Government House Public Advisory

Sun, 2020-04-12

On Monday afternoon [13-Apr-2020], two helicopters from Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus will conduct familiarisation flights over a number of helicopter landing sites across Bermuda. This was last done in 2014 and is a key part of the hurricane preparedness plan for the island. No personnel from the two helicopters will be granted permission to physically land on Bermuda during the brief stopover.

 

Curfew Breaches

Thu, 2020-04-09

At around 10:30 pm on Wednesday 8th April, police officers observed a motorcycle travelling in a westerly direction on Spice Hill Road, Warwick. 

Officers pursued the motorcycle as it was during curfew time and the passenger had no helmet.

The rider failed to stop and the motorcycle which is registered to a Sandys Parish residence, was later found abandoned at the bottom of Wellman Lane in Warwick.

Forty minutes later officers were again on Spice Hill Road Warwick, when they

saw a black ca go past them. 

Officers followed the car as the driver accelerated, turned on to Camp Road, refused to stop and went on to the railway trial off Scenic Heights.

Officers were subsequently able to stop the vehicle and the driver was arrested and charged for breach of curfew.

Then at 2:20 this morning Thursday 9th April, officers were on patrol on Harrington Sound Road near the junction with Knapton Hill in Smiths Parish when they stopped two who were out running.

Both individuals were advised that they will be issued with a summons to appear before the courts.

Covid-19 Breaches

Tue, 2020-04-07

At around 4:14 am today, Tuesday 07-Apr-2020, police were conducting traffic stops along North Shore Road at the junction with Radnor Road, Hamilton Parish.

The officers stopped a car driven by a male who had been stopped three times in two days. It was discovered that he did not have a curfew exemption and was arrested for being in breach of Shelter in Place Regulations and transported to the Hamilton Police Station where he was processed and detained.

Shortly after 3:30 pm yesterday Monday 06-Apr-2020, police officers were performing vehicle checks on the junction of North Shore Road and Middle Road in Flatts, when they stopped a vehicle and spoke to the male driver who indicated he was his way to deliver an item to his girlfriend’s house.

He too was arrested for Breach of Shelter in Place Regulations. He was taken to HPS where he was processed and detained.   

Members of the public are reminded that in order to obtain exemption permission, they are to submit their application to:

https://forms.gov.bm/covid19/shelter

Five Persons Arrested For Breaching Regulations

Mon, 2020-04-06

Around 4:18pm on Sunday 5-Apr-2020 police attended Middle Road, near the junction with Overplus Lane, Sandys to a report of a man on a farm stealing produce. Police quickly located and apprehended a 44-yr-old Sandys man, after he was observed placing stolen vegetables into a bag. He was also arrested after being in breach of COVID-19 Shelter in Place regulations.

Meantime, on Sunday 05-Apr-2020, police were dispatched to a Southampton residence to a report of a male stealing boat parts. The suspect was seen riding off on a motorcycle and was eventually apprehended by officers who were patrolling in the area. He was arrested for several offences including being in breach of COVID-19 Shelter in Place regulations.

Enquiries into both incidents are ongoing.

Three other men were also arrested over the weekend for being in breach of COVID-19 Shelter in Place regulations.

Three men have been put before the courts this morning, one man was bailed pending enquires and one was taken to the Berkeley shelter.

 

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