Minister, Commissioner & St George’s MPs Meet

January 15, 2013

Minister of Public Safety Michael Dunkley, Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva, and Sen. Jeffrey Baron held a meeting on Monday [Jan 14], which was also attended by St. George’s MPs Kenneth Bascome and Nandi Davis.

L-R: Kenneth Bascome, Sen. Baron, Commissioner DeSilva, Nandi Davis, and Minister Dunkley.

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Minister Dunkley said, “I suggested this meeting as a means to start a dialogue with the representatives for the area and the Commissioner immediately agreed. The discussion was open and productive.

“The Government is committed to supporting Police efforts to ensure safety and security in St. George’s and open lines of communication are essential.”

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The OBA’s St George’s Recovery Plan unveiled prior to the election said they would reopen the St. George’s police station full-time and implement a fully operational CCTV system in the Town.

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  1. Webster says:

    The OBA,are doing what they said they would do, good on you minister Dunkley.

    • J says:

      LOL! What is Nandi really going to contribute to the discussions on public safety?? —

  2. Bobmarlin says:

    Good job OBA.The crime rate flourished under the PLP,now it is time to clean up the mess!

  3. William says:

    Mr. Kenny Bascome you got duked. No Minister seat for you, not now not ever. Now sit there like a good boy and let real man show you how we dig Bermuda out of this pit.

    • Nuffin but de Truth! says:

      you are an IDIOT!

    • Tee says:

      William, you are an a$$. At least the folks voted for him. Dont hate because he still will get a check EVERY MONTH FOOL…….. And he got my vote…… A$$hole…

      • Joe says:

        A check of $58,000 as a MP is crumbs, he could make that pumping gas.

        A Minister makes $150,000 that’s a nice cookie. Even with no GP he could still take his car up to the Bus Garage and fill his tank with the free gas. They should have given him Minister of Community & Cultural Development. The man work his a$$ to win St. Geo Community.

        • Y-Gurl says:

          Agreed, Kenny is completely dedicated to St George’s and its people, he is a hard working and honest guy and yes VOTED IN BY THE PEOPLE and most normal thinking people only wish him well

    • frank says:

      well i hope he knows by now like all the rest he was used

    • Xman says:

      Kennys concentration will be the growth and development of St.Georges
      and MP portfolio would distort his efforts .

    • Sledge Hamma says:

      Uncalled for @Williams. Mr. Bascomes heart is in the right place and certainly with the people of St. George. Please no – more divisive BS when others are trying to bring the community of St. George together.

    • People remember what they want to remember so for the record lets get the facts straight,Mr Kenneth Bascome is the one to be recognized and thanked more then any of these in this photo.

      Mr Kenneth Bascome has fought tiredly and hard more then any other Bermudian both publicly and privately,for the return of the St.George’s police station to be re-opened full to make a comment like you did was inappropriate,get your facts right first.

      Then to say step aside and let real men do the job,I take a great offence to that and hope you can clear this up.the way I see it we can take that comment two ways,you are saying Mr Bascome is not a real man,then the answer to that is,your to dumb of an a$$ to know what a real man is.

      The second way to look at your comment that Mr Bascome should step aside and let real men do the job,is that because you have white man standing there taking all the glory for the hard work that Mr Bascome has already put forth in his constituency,well my answer to that is,all the man in that picture are hard working Bermudians that for the most part put Bermuda first.

      So overall you are talking out the wrong hole in your body and that my friend is the best way I can say it to you directly online.

      • My apologies also to Ms. Nandi Davis who is also in the photo and I also believe she is a great asset to the St. George’s community.

      • Natasha says:

        I see 4 blacks and 4 whites working as a team. Why did you have to state “is that because you have white man standing there taking all the glory?”

        Grow up and let it go racist. Go back to the PLP where you belong.

    • Pastor Syl Hayward says:

      @ William: That’s so rude and so unnecessary. What’s the point?

  4. swing voter says:

    nice photo op…..but why wasn’t this meeting held at Govt House and wers HE…isn’t HE in charge on national security? How can you guys have this meeting without your Superior and Commander in Chief? I guess we really do pay HE to occasionally wear the stupid feathered hat and ceremonial dressage to simply wow the tourists and HM loyal subjects

    • jonny says:

      H.E doesnt get involved with such matters unless they warrant his involvment, the commisioner doesnt need him to hold his hand.

      • swing voter says:

        Although he’s done 20+ years in the job and passed superivor exams, DeSilva needs to be micro-managed by a true leader….Paynter, DeSilva, and other motorcycle squad grunts are not much good beyond riding a police motorcycle and being a sarcastic idiot at tryin to instigate a ‘speeder’ to over react to their infantile sarcasim…some white shirts should be demoted back to traffic cops writing tickets just because that’s what they’re best at

  5. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Another milk selling junket ..

  6. i though I saw a puddy tat says:

    This is some funny stuff, your got the Mr. mock up contract PS sittin alongside the former mayor who said that he spoke with Bavarian and that construction will soon start when it was already cancelled. Well folks your security is in good hands

  7. Reality Check says:

    From where I stand H.E. is there to make sure there is no political interferance with the Police when they are enforcing the law. He does not decide on budgetary matters, which is the responsibility of our Government. If there was undue pressure put on the Commissioner of Police by politicians to influence investigations etc then you can be sure H.E. would get involved directly.

    • Opressed says:

      Which wasn’t done under the last regime. HE constantly looked the other way, 14 years worth.

  8. 2013 says:

    Yesss OBA all the way! Get em Ms. Davis!! Woman at work!


    • 1minute says:

      The PLP spent 14 years doing photo ops, instead of running this country. At least they look like they are at least having a meeting…

  10. SoMuchMore says:

    this is good stuff and one can not hide that the OBA are indeed moving in the right direction. remember they can not do everything overnight but they are surly taking each day positively.

    in time i can see bermuda back on track and a world class destination for both residents and visitors!

  11. LORD HAVE MERCY says:

    you people are fooled by pictures and not the true story smh

  12. Y-Gurl says:

    An absolute photo op and a meeting to appease the OBA, while I applaud the intentions of the OBA it requires leadership and the Silent Commissioner cannot lead or direct anything including his own people, crime has soared during his tenure and he has done NOTHING about it, clearly he is afraid of something or someone, it is a travesty that we allow these supposed “leaders” to hide behind an office door all day waiting on their pension to kick in while we the public have to endure the effects of horrific crimes being committed and rarely prosicuted in our country.

    We saw the same comissioner meet with the PLP with virtually the same discussion and with no results, why should we expect better this time? There needs to be a change in the manaagement of the BPS and appointing someone to lead who has some balls and is not afraid to tackle the growing problems, we have one of the best equiped but least effective police forces on the planet! Mr Governor surely in your experience you have seen this type of mismanagement in ther UK, are those people still doing that job?..we think not.

    • jonny says:

      idiot crime was already soaring when he took over, it was his leadership that has seen more criminals put before the courts far quicker then we have seen ever before. No country solves every murder. He took over the seat right at the time when we had 12 murders of the christmas break. It was him who armed the police, got them trained in foresics and advanced investigative techniques. What are you talking about? no other commissioner has been faced with the level of crime that we are seeing today, that is by no means his fault. The Commissioner is only as good as the officers that police the island and since Bermudians dont want to police thier own island, stop damn well complaing unless ur putting on a police uniform.

      • Y-Gurl says:

        You sound like an x-pat cop, you ask who armed the police…Ewart Brown, the police were armed before the current comissioner took office and dont slam me for speaking what we all know as the truth, trained in anything means nothing unless that training is used to reduce crime, clearly there is and has been no reduction, and you want to take the blame from the guy at the top and pass it on to bermudian officers? there are flights out of Bermuda on a daily basis you know ,and as to puting on a police uniform, thats funny, I couldnt afford the pay cut! So stay in your bubble and think that everything is getting better and crime is getting less, or step outside with your eyes open and see whats really going on in Bermuda or just excercise your right to remain silent.

      • Y-Gurl says:

        Bernews decided not to let my last comment through so ill try just a summary of facts.

        Crime was soaring when the current BPS management took over, and it only has continued to soar since then.

        Who armed the police was the premier and commissioner in office before the current commissioner took office.

        Successful Evidence and forensic training would be evident by the number of solved crimes increasing.

        Implying Bermudian officers can’t do their job is not why x-pat cops are here.

        And as for me putting on a Poice uniform, I couldn’t afford that much of a pay cut.

        There are flight in and Out of Bermuda daily.

  13. Yeah Why? Good Question says:

    Why on earth would we need a police station back in the town???? There is one less that 3 miles away. Small island, small thinking. Politics as usual.
    Lets give them a police station we know they dont need to satisfy them. That should ensure we secure the seat in 5 years time. A waste of tax payers money.

    • Y-Gurl says:

      Your right ,its been a political football since it was closed. its not about security

    • jonny says:

      absolutely, why the hell are they complaining about st georges police station, the town is dead!! makes no sense but will cost more money to operate it.

    • Pastor Syl Hayward says:

      @ Yeah Why? Good Question: The nearest police station is enough of a distance away that the lawbreakers (whose activity has increased considerably since the St. George station was closed) are able to disappear before the police arrive on the scene.
      Last I heard, scofflaws roam the streets in little gangs, intimidating, bullying, and generally being a nuisance, if not engaging in actual criminal behavior, with impunity.

      Personally, if I was being threatened by a couple of bullies, I wouldn’t want to have to wait a half an hour or so while police negotiate that narrow, winding road to get to my aid. The bullies could do a lot of damage in that space of time.

      St. Georgians protested when the station was closed and have begged to have it reopened ever since. Who feels it,knows it.

  14. Xman says:

    What we see here is part of a long and complex process to insure public safety in the Town of St.Georges.
    When the PLP decided to remove the proper effectiveness of a Police Station from St.Georges thats when all
    kinds of malicious criminal acts started happening.
    No Police Station in a town is bad -thats very bad- but it just showed the people that live in this area just how much they care.
    So it’s clean up time and perhaps some people don’t like it – but ‘ despite all the personal remarks on those involved
    the people expect them to do there jobs.

  15. me says:

    I am so glad to see Jeff Baron at that table! I know he will do great things for Bermuda!

  16. Triangle Drifter says:

    There must have been a secret meeting which produced a secret document telling the PLP trolls to get out in full force today.

    Really people, can you not do better than this?

  17. LOL (original TM*) says:

    CCTV system in the Town……….. Nice

    Can’t even get the police to investigate bike thefts in broad daylight with cameras in Hamailton CCTV what a joke. If you are part of the Road Traffic Department why can’t people get you to review the tapes in Hamilton when you were given the #s of the cameras that might have viewed a crime durring the day half your work is done right there………………….

    LOL when are they going to get serious on crime. The laws are in place please inforce them!!!!!!!!

    • Y-Gurl says:

      I agree, we spent millions on all that gear, CCTV , RFID, none of which works, or they don’t know what they are looking at, and private systems give far better picture quality. And the laws definitely need to be properly enforced. There’s a police station at the old navy base gate, surely they could patrol and deter in St. George’s

  18. Mark says:

    MP Yumm!

  19. Pilot001 says:

    MP Bascome they played you, cross the floor. lol!

  20. Soupah Tubbs says:

    Nandi Davis for Minister of YUM!

  21. New Kid on the block says:

    I am sitting here reading all of your comments, yes Williams comment wasn’t necessary. All of you make me smile, it is okay when you write insulting remarks about individuals, but when the shoe is on the other foot you all feel it is terrible or that individual is wrong. I am not one to comment on these blogs, but reading the sourness from most of you it is really a shame. From what I read from most of the OBA members it truly seems as if you are the ones that have most of the racist in your hearts. No matter who is in government, the issues in Bermuda and worldwide will not be solve by men. Only one thing is going to bring about true peace, happeness and joy, that is God’s Kingdom (Daniel 2:44) I will leave you all to continue with your bitterness!! I would rather wait for a perfect and peaceful government without sour grapes, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth.