Minister Caines: “No One Is Above The Law”

December 16, 2019

“No one is above the law, and corruption will be rooted out,” said Minister of National Security Wayne Caines following the confirmation of the arrest of a police officer today.

His comments follow after Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley confirmed that a police officer was arrested today and will be suspended from duty, with the police also confirming that there are currently seven officers on suspension.

Noting that the police “recently invested resources into its Professional Standards Department, which has responsibility to ensure the service acts with integrity and professionalism,” Commissioner Corbishley explained that “the result of this investment has identified a number of matters that are now being investigated.”

“These matters are small in number and do not represent the hard work, ethical standards and professionalism displayed by police officers and staff that work tirelessly each day to keep Bermuda safe,” the Commissioner said, adding that “the number of officers suspended makes up just 1.5% of the service and is not representative of the hard work and honesty of staff.”

Minister Caines said, “Sadly, I was informed by Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley about the arrest of a Police Officer for serious offences.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of the situation, as this is currently going through the legal process, we take all allegations of inappropriate conduct very seriously – particularly when the allegations involve individuals in positions of public trust.”

Minister Caines continued, “There’s a saying that goes, ‘to whom much is given much is required’; and individuals who make up our uniformed services must be held to a higher account.

“The Ministry of National Security has a Professional Standards section that is tasked with rooting out corruption within our uniformed services. And as Minister, I am committed to ensuring that we uphold the absolute highest standards of integrity, ethics and public confidence.

“Lastly, we have around 400 Police Officers in the service who carry out their duties on a daily basis with pride and dedication, and we appreciate their loyalty and service in safeguarding and protecting our community.

“But let me be clear, this Ministry will not allow a breakdown in discipline, and where or when any officer in any of our uniformed services falls below the requisite standards – they will be held to account.”

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    Well, obviously, apart from those who illegally blocked Parliament.

    • Onion Juice says:

      We tried to run off Plantations, participated in masquerade (Gombeys), protested to vote, for higher wages, against biased legislalation and banking policies to name a few which were against the LAW.
      Get over it already
      Its our time now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sandgrownan says:

        Just because you say they are the same, they are not.

        But it’s all going well isn’t it – economy circling the drain, taxes going up, cost of living going up, Burt and Dickinson like dear in the headlights.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        Bermuda never had plantations.

        “Its our time now!!!!!!!!!”

        Well, that says a lot.

  2. Onion Juice says:

    Which law, there are 2 laws like 2 Bermudas.

    • Anbu says:

      Well, considering a white cop just went to jail for 2 years for corruption your comment means nothing. Nice try tho muppet.

    • Mark says:

      Yep, your Bermuda is the ignorant one with you right at he top of the pile.

      • Onion Juice says:

        Hey Dipstick, do you know its still on de books that its against de law for more then 3 people to gather in one spot from slavery days, but all depends which group of people gather.

        • Question says:

          Utter bollocks. But you can change the law. 25-11. Elected dictatorship.

        • sandgrownan says:

          It’s still on the books to shoot Scotsmen in a kilt in the City of York (good in my view) but it doesnt mean it’s going to be enforced. Dipstick.

          Right, off to get my mandated hour of longbow practice.(sarcasm)

    • question says:

      Utter bs. You’re full of excuses to break the law.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Presumably the law Minister Caines was talking about and upholds. Do you not know he used to be a prosecutor?

  3. Young says:

    Says Ti88y milk man!

  4. Y-Gurl says:

    No ones above the law, apart from maybe some politicians, corrupt cops, CEOs and for the rest of you….no ones above the law

  5. Boston Whaler Owner says:

    “No one is above the law,

    oh the irony of his remark! him of all people

    (Cereal cafe ring a bell)

  6. joe ticket says:

    guess that don’t apply to politicians the” poli trick ans”, that are sucking the island dry only to lower ranking peons in the services

  7. Dready says:

    Bermuda is slowly becoming a less lawful society as the little things are not being enforced, such as parking, speeding, running stop signs, littering and consuming alcohol in public. As small things are not enforced bigger crimes will be committed. As an older Bermudian i have/am watching Bermuda become less lawful. My grandpa told me ” if you can get away with the small things you eventually will get away with bigger things”.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      I have to agree. Lately cars and vans have taken to parking in bike bays in town with impunity. No one seems to care except those of us on bikes in the morning.

  8. wahoo says:

    How about if you are in a position of trust and do something unethical? I think that is okay.

  9. Oh, I see now says:

    What two laws you mean one for the PLP and one for everyone else.

  10. Things a Gwan says:

    Some even get paid after doing so.

  11. imjustsaying says:

    I hate to break out to ya, but there is not only corruption in the BPS, it just has to be uncovered in other entities. Such as……..

  12. Things a Gwan says:

    Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

  13. up D Hill says:

    Biggest bunch of garbage I have ever heard!!

  14. trufth says:

    “And as Minister, I am committed to ensuring that we uphold the absolute highest standards of integrity, ethics and public confidence.”

    Are you kidding me right now?? This coming from Titty Milkman himself? The ballz on this guy!

    #metoo – ever heard of it?

  15. Damen says:

    Glad we left babaaay