Police advise on social media allegations

  • Bermuda Police Service (File photo)

    Bermuda Police Service (File photo)

Allegations on social media about “inappropriate sexual behaviour” have come to the attention of police, a spokesman said yesterday.

But the service said that formal complaints were needed for officers to launch inquiries.

The spokesman said: “The Bermuda Police Service is aware of recent allegations circulating on social media about instances of alleged past or current inappropriate sexual behaviour.

“Members of the public are reminded that formal complaints are required by law in order for the police to investigate such allegations. Online statements and social media posts do not qualify as formal complaints.”

He added: “We appreciate that this is a sensitive subject and that witnesses and victims are sometimes reluctant to come forward.

“Complainants can be assured that they will be treated with dignity and that their investigation will be conducted in strict confidence.”

The spokesman said that the BPS worked with the Department of Child and Family Services on sex abuse allegations.

He added: “We take such allegations seriously. But we continue to caution members of the public about making unsubstantiated statements or circulating rumours on social media that may constitute slander or libel.”

Anyone who wants to make a complaint can contact Acting Detective Chief Inspector Kenten Trott on 247-1739 or 717-2345 or by e-mail at ktrott1@bps.bm. Victims or witnesses can also use the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477 or its website at www.crimestoppers.bm<;/i>

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