BPS: Role Of The Community Has Been Critical

July 16, 2020

“The role of the community has been critical in these recent successes,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels said in reference to the recent support given by the community.

A police spokesperson said, “In recent days, you would have seen a number of individuals appear before the courts charged with serious offences involving violence. Included among them a 25-year-old man charged with murder and firearms offences in connection with the murder of Ronniko Burchall on the 29th December 2018.

“The same man is suspected and has been additionally charged with using a firearm in an attempt to murder another man in St George’s Parish on Saturday, 13th June, 2020 and has been remanded into custody pending next court appearance.”

Antoine Daniels, Assistant Commissioner of Police stated: “You would also be aware of arrests made in connection with a major illegal drugs investigation which resulting in the seizure of more than $550,000 worth of illegal narcotics being kept off the streets, due in large part to the combined efforts of the Bermuda Police Service and H.M. Customs.

“The role of the community has been critical in these recent successes and on behalf of the Bermuda Police Service I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all those persons who have come forward as your assistance has enabled us to progress our investigations to the point whereby a number of men have appeared before the courts to be charged with offences involving violence which threatens the safety and well-being of the wider community.

“The top priority for the BPS remains apprehending and convicting persons responsible and the reduction of violence within the community. As I recently stated in the local media and have repeated multiple times, police cannot work in isolation, thus the support we receive from the public is critical in resolving these types of crimes particularly in this current environment whereby gun crime although showing some degree of reduction in recent years continues to occur and threatens community safety.

“The Bermuda Police Service is most appreciative of this support, since it is only through working together that we will rid our community of threat posed by those who choose to engage in criminal activity. However, there is still work to be done”

“There is a young mother, daughter, sister, friend, Chavelle Dillon-Burges, who remains missing. Not to mention Rudy Smith, a young man who has been missing for eight years now.

“While we have been able to make some progress with the investigations into both these matters, we still need your help in bringing final closure for the loved ones of Chavelle and Rudy. Someone out there knows something. We urge you to come forward and speak with us.

“There are several avenues available for you to do this. You can call 211, the main police number 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.

“Again we thank you for partnering with us as we work together to make Bermuda safer.”

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