Police Officers In Plain Clothes To Visit Premises

December 5, 2020

The police plan to have “officers in plain clothes” going into premises across the island, with the police saying it is about “gaining compliance for all our safety.”

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the Assistant Commissioner of Police said, “One of the things we probably will do, one of the tactics we will employ, is we are going to have some officers in plain clothes who will be going to be going around, and going into premises all across the Island, just to see what they can see.

“Because sometimes it could be that people are suddenly getting their act together when they hear the police are coming in, and so we’re going to have some officers working in plain clothes as well, just to see if people are actually doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

“Again, this is about compliance, it’s not about tricking people, it’s not about tripping people up, it’s about gaining compliance for all our safety.”

This comes as island’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have been increasing — with 10 new cases announced today alone – and officials have recently made changes, including, but not limited to, introducing fines – $500 for the first offence and $1,000 for the second offence upon conviction — for “persons not wearing a mask in accordance with the law”, and changing the closing time for bars to midnight.

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  1. Imjustsaying says:

    So how many who have tested positive we’re not wearing a mask. Funny there aren’t any stats on that.

    • anon says:

      Masks reduce droplet dispersion which reduces the probability the wearer transmits to others, it doesn’t mean the probability goes to zero. If someone has the virus and doesn’t wear a mask, they could give it to people wearing masks. Since people are contagious before symptoms, it’s harder to deal with the virus when people don’t wear masks and social distance.

  2. The Truth says:

    We have to be careful they we do not turn into a Police State. For those who are not sure what that means: A totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.

  3. Undercover babylon says:

    Seriously? There are rapists and drug lords out there and we are putting plain clothes officers on COVID gotcha watch? We are citizens who should not be penalized by such activities!!!!

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Absolutely. You should escape the danger of the Bermuda Government and flee to the safety of the United States!

  4. Ringmaster says:

    Why can’t they police the roads in the same way? While most are obeying the laws and common sense there is a growing number where the the driving “standards” have becoming atrocious, especially for bikes. 65 – 70kph seems the norm now, plus overtaking with oncoming traffic and on blind bends. No enforcement seems the norm now.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      I’ve been wondering the same thing for years . Surely they see the same outrageous lunacy we do every time they’re on the roads , but why does nothing change ?
      I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re all related and are afraid to confront their family and be seen as a snitch , or they’re terrified of them for reasons that us , the general public , will never know but would be very scared if we did know !
      But in the past it hasn’t been unknown for cops themselves to have had illegal window tint , non regulation license plates or drive around with the box booming like everyone else so they probably see nothing unusual in the first place.

  5. Over the Craziness says:

    Really, this is what we are doing now. Thought we were a free Democratic Island not some Communist place were the Police and Government run our day to day lives.

    No need to respond about the seriousness of the situation, this action is gone too far.

    • Micro says:

      I don’t think so. Cases are rising because people aren’t doing what they’re supposed to and haven’t for a long time. It was only a matter of time and that time has come. You see it all over social media. Parties, boats, clubs, family and office get-togethers etc. People mingling in close proximity not wearing masks. Those people then mingle with others and so on.

      • That’s called living your life says:

        Life is for living not locked down like an animal! Enough of this insanity! This is turning into a Police state and I for one will rebel against it! It’s my life!

        • trufth says:

          What doesn’t make sense is that I can’t walk down a street outside without a mask for fear of someone walking within 6 ft of me but put a beer in my hand and I can belly up to a bar with 20 of my mates mask-free?

      • Portia says:

        No, this is about control. People HAVE largely been compliant, less than 1% of travellers coming to the Island are positive, but you can’t control a virus this way. It will do as it pleases. Mask mandates and strict rules don’t work. We also need to be very suspicious of this “uptick” a lot of these are false positives.

        • Kathy says:

          Delusional as usual, Portia!

        • Idjits says:

          Portia is Bermuda’s version of Karen. She’s done her own research on Facebook and Twitter and she’s ready to be Dr. Fauci’s replacement.

          Don’t worry Karen, once you get vaccinated Bill Gates will be able to track your movements as you pass from one 5G antenna to the next. /s

  6. 2bermudaz says:

    Will this include offices, funerals, parties, etc? If not, so what?

  7. Bermudian says:

    What is the big deal?? WEAR A MASK! Not that serious. You wear a raincoat to not get wet so what’s the problem. All those complaining would be singing a different tune if you or loved one became ill and hospitalized. WEAR A MASK!

    • Wrong says:

      But I don’t have to wear a raincoat to eat at a restaurant or bar! See the difference?