Holiday Weekend: “Robust Policing Plan”

April 21, 2011

police logoThe Bermuda Police have said that during the holiday weekend there will be a visible police presence as patrols attend the various community events to provide any needed reassurance to the participants of these events.

Last year’s Easter weekend was memorable for all the wrong reasons, as over the 2010 holiday weekend there was one murder, and three other people shot in two separate incidents [link 1] [link 2]. In addition to the gun violence, there was a road traffic fatality in the same time period.

The Police have said that the the Mobile Command Centre will be deployed at the Victor Scott School. Last year 35 year old Kimwandae Walker was gunned down on the same field during a Good Friday kite flying event he was attending with his two young children.

Acting Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell said, “Anyone who participates in any kind of anti-social activity can expect no sympathy and no warning. You will be arrested. You will be charged and placed before the next available court.

“Our success can only be achieved by working together and through the assistance of the community at large. We ask that you be vigilant. If you see something suspicious please call us so that we can mobilise the appropriate response in advance of something happening. Take note of motorcycle or car numbers that are being used by persons who are acting suspicious. You can contact our direct police line on 295-0011.”

The full statement from the Police is below:

Good day, I am Acting Superintendent Junior Watts and with me is Acting Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell.

The upcoming Good Friday Holiday and the Easter Weekend will see a number of events and festive activities at various locations across the Island. The Bermuda Police Service takes this opportunity to share with the public some information regarding the policing plan for the weekend with the intent to encourage members of the public to partner with police to make these events safe.

During the holiday weekend period there will be a visible police presence as patrols attend the various community events to provide any needed reassurance to the participants of these events. The Police Mobile Command Centre will be deployed at the Victor Scott School in support of various activities planned for that location.

There is a policing plan for the wider Island and Mr. Cardwell will now give us details of that.

Acting Chief Inspector Cardwell: I can reassure Bermuda that a robust policing plan is in place. This plan includes the re-assignment and re-alignment of police resources both armed and unarmed across the Service.

The public can expect to see higher than normal levels of police visibility. We apologise in advance and seek the patience of law-abiding citizens who may get caught up in our pro-active policing initiatives which can be expected around the clock. Our goal is:

To provide reassurance to the community that we are here and our intention is for the holiday weekend to be safe, peaceful and free of violence or any further loss of life. We will prevent and detect crimes

We expect to deter or arrest those who are hell-bent on participating in retributive acts of violence or violence of any kind We will continue to assist current serious crimes investigations.

Anyone who participates in any kind of anti-social activity can expect no sympathy and no warning. You will be arrested. You will be charged and placed before the next available court.

Our success can only be achieved by working together and through the assistance of the community at large. We ask that you be vigilant. If you see something suspicious please call us so that we can mobilise the appropriate response in advance of something happening.

Take note of motorcycle or car numbers that are being used by persons who are acting suspicious. You can contact our direct police line on 295-0011.

Acting Superintendent Watts: In conclusion, we would like to urge the public to work together in the community spirit to make sure that this is a safe weekend.

During this period, we usually get a high number of noise complaints, and we ask that you work together with your neighbours to prevent any disputes and resolve any issues with minimal Police interference. As Mr. Cardwell said, be vigilant, if you see anything suspicious you can call the previous number (295-0011) or Crime Stoppers on 800- 8477.

We ask that you keep the roads safe as well. If you’re going to drink, make sure that you have a designated driver. Do not drink and drive. Work with us to make it a safe holiday weekend. Thank you.

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  1. Truth is killin' me... says:

    All talk…no action…just like our MP’s!!!

  2. ReggieMilk says:

    ay look bie, last time guyz had a “Robust Police Prescence” was back 1999 on Friswells….I remember it like it wuz yesterday…dere were like 246 bredrens just FLEXIN (my ace boy King Flumpy wuz dere), mindin dey own business, then BAM, robust police prescence. All dose bies did wuz sit around drinkin grape soda and chat bout some movie called “Traps III: Insane Goat”. Meanwhile, some ace bredren was probly stealin a cedar sapling from abrefeldy….whats dis island coming to?

  3. Terry says:

    Doze lutt battar gatt sum new ‘directors’….dah hall actin………….

    Verz dee bawzass…………

    A safe Good Friday to all. And may you all remember the young man flying a kite with his children who was taken away so soon. Yes he was…….

    Gotta call de Premier….I hope she’s not acting…………..

    Chirp chirp….hop hop…..buck buck

    And Jesus Christ said “I shall rise again”.

    A blessed week end to all and hug each other especially brother Reggie the milkman..what he said is true………

    Hell, um all oawar dee place…..Jingus….Thanks Reggie….this gives a new meaning to “Hug a Wall Lizzard Week”. Right on bro………

  4. ReggieMilk says:

    PREACH, brutha….ya de guy

  5. Terry says:

    I feel blessed, really. Communication…..I love it………

  6. Uncle Ruckus says:

    Oh geez we have another Terry on our hands! Lmao!

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  7. Terry says:

    Third Cousin Ruckus, better catch yourself.

    Old Portagee proverb………….

    “Better to cause a “Ruckus” and have Terry on your hands, than blood.

    Peace.

    • Uncle Ruckus says:

      I’ve never heard that phrase nephew lol

  8. Not Suprised says:

    Hi Terry : The proper word is Portuguese. The way you spelled it (said it) is a derogatory and offensive word (equivalent to the “N” word). Just like other racial or offensive slurs. Something all of us living in Bermuda need to Learn. It’s not cool to call those of portuguese decent that. It’s very offensive…Just thought I’d let you know.

    • Terry says:

      I know how to spell.

      And what the hell does the “N” word have to do with it.!!!!!!

      You know nothing about your heritage.

      • Terry says:

        And just a final comment on what you wrote. My Portagee heritage goes back hundreds of years so don’t come here preaching too me. Im damn proud of it.

        Next time your in your circle wonder if you will hear people from the Church et al calling Black Bermudians…..”Pahdurtch”. Just as offensive and disgusting as using the “N” word but accepted amongst certain segments of that culture.

        Have a safe Weekend……….en num dun natha………….

  9. O I C says:

    @ Not Surprised……equivalent to the N word….????? How so??? um just askin….

  10. New wave says:

    20 yrs ago the message was ‘don’t fly kites near telephone poles and have a Happy Easter’

    10 years ago it was ‘Don’t drink and drive over the weekend, or at all’

    Today it’s ‘Please behave and don’t shoot your guns’

    Great progress Bermy … way to go .