BFRS Investigation Launched Over Voice Memo

June 12, 2017

[Updated] The police said they have verified that a voice recording circulating following the tragic death of MP Shawn Crockwell did not come from a police officer, with the police confirming that the “voice on the recording belongs to a member of the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service,” adding that the Chief Fire Officer has “initiated an internal investigation.”

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service has verified that a voice note circulating on social media with alleged circumstances of MP Shawn Crockwell’s sudden death did not come from a police officer.

“The contents of the voice note are disturbing in that they make sensational and speculative comments about the scene that are not true.

“It has been confirmed that the voice on the recording belongs to a member of the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service. “Accordingly, the matter has been referred to the Chief Fire Officer who has initiated an internal investigation.”

Update 1.37pm: The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service [BFRS] said they “can confirm that an investigation is underway into an alleged breach of confidentiality by a member of the BFRS.”

Chief Fire Officer Mr. Reginald Burchall said it is a “serious issue which is being fully investigated.”

The CFO continued: “First responders are required to operate at the highest levels of competence and sensitivity. Our firefighters are well trained and answer calls around the island every day, professionally and in keeping with our expected high standards.

“Where that standard is not met or some breach occurs, we act swiftly to ensure that public confidence in the BFRS remains high.

“I add my condolences and sympathies to the family of the late Mr. Crockwell and pray for their comfort at this difficult time. The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service remains committed to providing a professional emergency service to this community.”

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