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New police number for non-emergencies

The Bermuda Police Service has set up a new hotline for non-emergency calls.

A police spokesman said the public can call the new number, 211, to report crimes or issues that do not require an immediate response.

The phone line will also allow the public to contact their Parish Constable or provide information about crime.

The spokesman said: “The introduction of the 211 number is also meant to avoid members of the public calling 911 for non-emergency calls.

“The 911 number will remain in effect, but as is currently the case, it is to be used only in case of an emergency.”

The spokesman added that the BPS has also launched a new community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm to allow the public to report minor offences digitally.

Offences suitable for online reporting include damage to property, burglary, theft, harassing phone calls, antisocial behaviour, stolen vehicles, drunk driving, drug use, fraud, cybercrime and stalking.

The spokesman said: “The portal is not a replacement of the ability for members of the public to report minor crimes or incidents in person or by telephone.

“However, it is a secure, quick and convenient way of making police reports from the comfort and privacy of the home or otherwise.

“The use of police online reporting is pervasive throughout the modern world and the BPS recognises the role of smart technology in the dynamic needs of the Bermuda community.”

He added: “We urge the public to use the new 211 number and the online reporting portal for the purposes intended and help your Bermuda Police Service to serve you even better as we partner to make Bermuda safer.”

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Published April 15, 2020 at 10:12 am (Updated April 15, 2020 at 10:12 am)

New police number for non-emergencies

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