Video: Minister Caines Press Conference

July 31, 2018 | 10 Comments

[Updated] Minister of National Security Wayne Caines is holding a press conference this afternoon [July 31] to discuss public safety over the Cup Match holiday weekend. We will have additional coverage later on, and in the meantime the live video of Minister Caines press conference is below.

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 19-minute replay is below

Update 3.24pm: Minister Caines said, “Last Friday night, we lost another young man – 30-year-old Taylor Matthew Grier – to a senseless act of gun violence.

“Today, another mother is mourning the loss of a son.

“Another daughter is mourning the loss of a father.

“And Bermuda is mourning the loss of another young man in the prime of his life – and who was an incredibly talented and community focused individual.

“I again extend my sincerest condolences to Taylor’s family and friends and let them know that this Government, this Country, is keeping them in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

“As I indicated over the weekend, today’s press briefing serves as an opportunity to not only reiterate our public safety message in advance of the Cup Match holiday; but it also serves as a chance to update the public on any protocols and safety measures that everyone should be aware of as we approach the holiday.

“Without question, Cup Match is one of Bermuda’s most anticipated holidays. It’s a time of year when we come together and celebrate the emancipation of slavery and the richness of our heritage.

“Regrettably, the approaching holiday has been marred by last Friday’s shooting death. I want to reassure the public that we are working tirelessly to safeguard and protect our community and intend to step up our public safety efforts.

“We recognize that over the four day weekend there will be numerous events taking place for the enjoyment of thousands of residents and visitors.

“In a moment, Assistant Police Commissioner Martin Weekes will provide an overview of the BPS’s holiday public safety plan, which is intelligence led and has all partners working together to assess and mitigate the greatest areas of risk.

“But I just want to share some key points that I feel are important for the public to know.

“Over the holiday weekend, there will be additional BPS overnight watches with up to 50 police officers above standard levels to deal with any increases in illegal or anti-social activities. In total, there will be roughly 150 police officers deployed throughout the weekend.

Cup Match Grounds:

“This year, for the first time, CCTV cameras will cover the grounds at SCC. And I should note that there will be up to 50 officers daily, with a command centre on site at the field.

“I am hopeful that every individual who visits the Cup Match grounds will have an enjoyable time and act responsibly in the celebratory spirit of the Holiday.

“I would be remiss if I did not inform the public that the Ministry and the Bermuda Police Service have a zero tolerance policy with regard to persons operating vehicles and watercraft whilst under the influence of alcohol. In this regard, the BPS will take steps to prevent, stop and detain anyone found to be driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. If you are found to be under the influence and in control of a vehicle, you will be arrested. So please, don’t drink and drive.

“Turning to the water, mariners will be very active on Sunday.

“In conjunction with the Regiment, the BPS will maintain high visibility with 6 vessels on continuous patrols.

“Boaters are encouraged to adhere to all maritime laws and exercise courteous and responsible marine behaviour.

“Lastly, the Ministry of National Security’s Coordinated Crisis Response Team will be operational this holiday weekend. They were activated on Friday following the shooting.

“As is their mandate, they worked to help restore peace in the community and assisted family members and friends in the immediate aftermath of the violent incident.

“As I noted last week, the team has identified four available hubs in the west end: Agape Faith in Dockyard, Beulah Tabernacle in Somerset, and Vernon Temple AME and Southampton SDA in Southampton.

“In the event of a major crisis, members of the Crisis Response Team will be available at one of these locations to lend assistance to any affected members of the public.

“In closing, the Ministry of National Security, the Bermuda Police Service, and our partner agencies, aim to ensure that the festivities remain safe and free of anti-social behaviour.

“I wish to thank all of our enforcement and emergency agencies for their tireless work. Let us all work together to ensure that the 2018 Cup Match holiday will be a safe and enjoyable one for all.

“I now invite Assistant Police Commissioner Martin Weekes to provide an overview of the BPS’s holiday public safety plan.

“Thank you.”

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  1. TomP says:

    What a shambles, just from briefly reading the articles on this new legislation I understood these basic requirements that these geniuses missed

  2. Gummint says:

    So they screwed up and can’t have roadside sobriety testing.

    They can find time for photo ops, where they make a big fuss and take a day out to give away $75,000 of borrowed taxpayer funds for no good reason, but they can’t find time to organize things legally so that the Police can do an effective job keeping the roads safe.

    They’re bunch of incompetent idiots.

    • Wahoo says:

      They must resign.

    • sage says:

      Was it the seat belt law, originally proposed to have a fine of $2000, or the cell phone laws which had to be re written too because they couldn’t enforce it?

  3. puzzled says:

    Must be great to read a prepared statement and overview and then ask for the supplier to present an overview.

    Helicopter diplomacy.

    Safe weekend folks.
    All the balls are in and under your control.

  4. sage says:

    I would be remiss to inform the public that .08 is not zero tolerance.

  5. Stevie says:

    Clueless PLP. Period.

  6. aceboy says:

    “I would be remiss if I did not inform the public that the Ministry and the Bermuda Police Service have a zero tolerance policy with regard to persons operating vehicles and watercraft whilst under the influence of alcohol.”

    But you were entirely REMISS in putting an ad to enable sobriety tests over the holiday.

    What happened? Not your job?

  7. Cow Polly says:

    Makes you wonder what requirements have been overlooked in the other legislation that has been so quickly pushed through the Courts. Between this and the SSM debacle it does make me question why so many cryptocurrency companies have eagerly signed up for our new regulatory oversight.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Without even trying the seat belt and use of electronic devices laws spring to mind of poorly written legislation that caused a lot of problems .

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