‘Committed To Our Gang Reduction Strategy’

January 6, 2019 | 22 Comments

“Statistics reveal that since 2016 firearms incidents, injuries and fatalities have decreased by approximately 40% year over year,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, adding that they are “committed to our gang reduction strategy.”

Minister Caines said, “Change comes from planning and the committed implementation of that plan. The Government has devised a thorough, multipronged and disciplined plan of action to address the antisocial behavior in Bermuda and I have complete confidence in its success.

“I understand and appreciate the opinion of community activists and will always welcome their support, and be available to work with them. However they do not have access to the overall ministerial plan, which includes the gang violence strategy, key goals, objectives, deliverables, and the matrix of accountability for the Gang Violence Reduction Team.

“Government’s plan includes the involvement of key community stakeholders and activists, along with the Bermuda Police Service and other organizational bodies that are supported by intelligence and data.

“The implementation of this plan does not include responding to every comment made by the public. Our focus is as it should be, on the implementation of the solution for the betterment of Bermuda.”

“The following is a brief synopsis of the many agencies involved in the eradication of antisocial behavior in Bermuda followed by our year over year success to date.

Inter-Agency Gang Enforcement Team [IGET]

  • The Inter-Agency Gang Enforcement Team [IGET] working group uses all available resources, information and intelligence to identify persons, locations and groups, who are deemed to be the greatest risk to our community through their association or connection with criminal gangs.
  • Chaired by Assistant Commissioner Antoine Daniels
  • Monthly Meetings with Bermuda Police Service, Customs, Immigration, Department of Education, Court Services, Department of Child and Family Services, Gang Violence Reduction Team.

Community Outreach

“The Violence Reduction Unit [VRU] maintains a connection to the community through direct interaction with at risk individuals. This is achieved by fostering positive, trusting relationships in their environment with the goal of building pro-social connections.

“The Outreach team is doing the following to reduce support incidents happening in the community.

  • Meeting with targeted individuals to reduce community violence by exploring tensions, deescalating tensions, mediating incidents and providing individual coaching.
  • Case Managing Individuals and connecting them to social support services
  • Supporting individual and community crisis situations

Prison Outreach

“Prison outreach allows for the members of the VRU to provide avenues of support for incarcerated violent offenders. The VRU may offer therapeutic services, liaise with prison staff in assisting with the inmate’s rehabilitation and provide an affirming resource that may assist with their wellbeing while incarcerated and also their eventual reintegration into society.

Coordinated Crisis Response Team

“The Crisis Team works to restore peace in the community and assist family members, friends or witnesses in the immediate aftermath of violent incidents.

Triage Services

“Members of the community affected by violent crime often reach out to the VRU for assistance. The VRU attempts to directly address the problems or concerns of the individual[s] and connect them to the appropriate support services.

Redemption Farm

“The Redemption Farm is still in the development stages and the therapeutic farming initiative will commence in 2019. It will provide:

  • [1] Successful engagement of at risk young men from the Central Parishes in a socially restorative, incentivized employment training program.
  • [2] Practical training while incorporating vocational skills through various forms of farming.
  • [3] Case management services, real time entrepreneurship training, life skills, personal development workshops and job readiness workshops.

School Initiative

“Since September 2018 the Gang Violence Reduction Team has been working with the Administration and Student Services teams at CedarBridge Academy and Berkeley Institute, alongside the Bermuda Police Service [BPS], to provide support services for at-risk students.
Services such as:

Incident Management Support

“The team works with the schools’ administration and the BPS to create plans to ensure student safety for Berkeley students around gang affiliated incidents.

Mediation Services

“The team has coordinated several mediation sessions aimed at reducing tensions between students and rival gangs within the island’s senior schools.

Individual Student Support Session

“The team offers individual sessions to young men known to participate in anti-social behavior.

Group Sessions

“The team is currently delivering a 10 week pilot Excellence Programme at CedarBridge Academy. The programme focuses on incident mediation, understanding risk levels, and encouraging self-reflection and introspection.

Gang Resistance Education and Training [G.R.E.A.T.]

“The GREAT ‎programme is a youth educational awareness initiative that teaches life-skill lessons to address anti-social behavior and crime in Bermuda.

  • Last school year the program trained 513 students in 22 Schools [4 Middle Schools and 15 Primary Schools]
  • This summer four new Customs Officers were trained as facilitators to teach in the schools.
  • The facilitators are currently running programs in 6 Schools around the island.

Gang Initiatives Update table

“In summary, these statistics reveal that since 2016 firearms incidents, injuries and fatalities have decreased by approximately 40% year over year.

Minister Caines continued, “We are committed to our gang reduction strategy. This includes working towards rehabilitating our incarcerated young men and continuing school programmes in support of vulnerable and at risk individuals.

“We will continue working with our community stakeholders to help young men secure employment. Those persons affected by multigenerational non addressed trauma will be provided the necessary resources and we will continue to work with the Bermuda Police Service to ensure the proper policing strategies are in place.

“Our gang violence problem did not start overnight and will not be resolved overnight. We are steadfast in our belief, that if we are to see an end to violence in Bermuda, our community must rise and play a part in the process. All churches, community clubs, fraternities, sororities, the LGBTQ community, and most importantly family, I challenge you all to step up and be part of the solution.

“Whether through mentorship, job training, big brothers and sisters or chatting with the men on the wall, everyone has the opportunity to tackle gun violence and it is our responsibility to do so.

“Through love and the strengthening of family ties, we must address past traumas and break the cycle of family dysfunction to help ensure the trend of antisocial behavior does not continue with our children.

“Lastly, our women cannot raise our children alone, we need a significant number of our men to step up and accept the responsibility of raising their sons and daughters!

“Together, we can end gun violence in Bermuda. Let’s stop assigning blame and start working together to change the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.”

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  1. Question says:

    If there is improvement it is the Police who should get the credit. Caines just shows up at the end expecting a round of applause.

  2. Ok says:

    Should be a gang elimination strategy

  3. Mother Theresa says:

    Caines, you lost me when you involved both the Deaprtment of Child and Family Services and the Department of Court Services. Both are a joke. One is suspended from his post as Director at Child and Family Services, and as far as the Department of Court Services is concerned….. a Hahahahahahahahahahahah. Good luck.

  4. 2 Bermudas says:

    The two reverends are on a media blitz! Statistics never tell the whole story!! Tell this to the families who have lost loved ones over the past 6 months to a year!! Asking the community to do more when you’re giving friends and family $1.2m, he should be ashamed of himself!!

  5. eyes wide open says:

    Wayne will be offering Titty Milk next

  6. Thank you Bernews for this article and Thank you Minister Caines for your timely responses, I say to all the critics out there, that it will take the community getting more involved with all these initiatives, and for God sake, can our Churches be more productive,, as a religious institution and as individual born again believers.

    Take more time to build lives by going after the lost souls, and you will see the benefits of your labor, stop waiting for them to come to your Churches, go out and be among the people.

    Bermuda has the solutions for it’s woes, but we have far to many that wont avail themselves, and give back to those who are gone astray, and I know it is not all as simple as being stated, but if more got involved, more lives can be turned around and we can produce more productive citizens, but this has to be wide scoped.

  7. MM says:

    I generally see police officers parked along front Street , but it quite a rare sight to see them parked on the top of Glebe Road. The greater concern for Mr and Mrs.Joe Public is criminal behaviour, the third lane and roadside sobriety tests have their place.

    • PANGAEA says:

      “Oh ! what a beautiful morning, Oh ! What a beautiful day, watching all the girls go by”

  8. Dread says:

    Must be titty milk close bye!

  9. Vorrex says:

    Caines can say all he likes, but this is what I know:

    1. Stats, stats, stats – but don’t try to tell me we are in a good place. Where were you last week Wayne?

    2. Any success has nothing to do with the actions of this weak government.

  10. LaV says:

    “it will take the community getting more involved ”

    When will ‘the community’ stop protesting against equality?

    • Tony Brannon says:

      DAMN RIGHT…
      So we (LGBTQ) good enough to help but not good enough to have rights? Miss me with the political BS….

  11. Rocky5 says:

    You just can’t make this stuf up! “TITTY MILK” WANTS HELP FROM LGBT COMMUNITY WHILE HIS PLP GOVERNMENT TAKES THEIR RIGHTS AWAY!!!!

  12. Rocky5 says:

    SMDH – PLP GOVT Asking help from LGBT COMMUNITY WHILE THEY TAKE THEIR RIGHTS AWAY!!!

  13. Stevie says:

    Same old bs from titty milk.

  14. trump supporter says:

    These guys are clueless just collecting a paycheck.
    Dont even get much comments good nor bad from their own supporters anymore.

  15. Y-Gurl says:

    Unimpressive business as usual Lip service

  16. Woke says:

    Minister Caines, thank you for your commitment.

    It will take a village to eradicate gun violence in Bermuda.

    People let’s STOP being negative, finding fault, spewing hate and being critical. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and get involved to make a difference in the lives of these young men.

    • Simon says:

      Ask the LGBT community what they think about spewing hate mate. And who is responsible.

  17. Philip says:

    You cannot take a joker serious and too agressive in tone , talk
    Like a normal person man

  18. Tony Brannon says:

    Quoting a dear friend in the LGBTQ community “So we good enough to help but not good enough to have rights? Miss me with the political BS”….

  19. Tony Brannon says:

    “So we good enough to help but not good enough to have rights? Miss me with the political BS”…. a direct quote from an LGBTQ friend….

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