BPS Investigating ‘Inappropriate Altered Images’

December 12, 2022

Noting they are aware of “inappropriate altered images of local residents, including minors, being circulated on social media,” the police have confirmed they have started an investigation and reminded people that sharing images of this nature is an offence.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a number of inappropriate altered images of local residents, including minors, being circulated on social media. The altered images show cropped head shots of individuals, pasted or photo-shopped onto images of different bodies, in various stages of undress.

“A report has been made to the Bermuda Police Service and the matter is now under investigation.

“We urge that should you receive these images, you immediately delete them from your device and do not forward them on, as sharing them is an offence under the Criminal Code Amendments [Non-consensual sharing of intimate images] Act 2021.”

The Act states: “A person who distributes an intimate image of another person—without the other person’s consent; and in a way that would cause the other person distress reasonably arising in all the circumstances, commits an offence.

“A person convicted of an offence is liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three years; on conviction on indictment to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years.”

The spokesperson said, “Just think, how would you feel if it were, a relative, a loved one or, close friend of yours depicted in that manner?

“Anyone with information on the sharing of these images is asked to call Acting Detective Inspector 709, Sharnita Tankard or Acting Detective Sergeant 2456, Ashun Wolffe on 247-1739 or, via e-mail stankard@bps.bm or awolffe@bps.bm.

“You may also call the non-emergency reporting number 211, the main police number 295-0011 or, share the information with a police officer you know.”

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  1. puzzled says:

    Maybe we need more of the PLP Cabinet.

  2. Mr. Wolfy says:

    Please contact those depicted , character assasination is a last line of recourse a barrister utilises for case out come and other to lend reason for theft…this may be benificial to a thief/s and abscounding by reason for it nonsense .
    Eg . A thug will walk up to a person , say where’s my money to justfy robbery and assault….