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Police to boost digital policing, treatment of victims

Police Strategic Plan: The Bermuda Police Service new strategic plan. Pictured left to right- Deputy Commissioner Darrin Simons, Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley and Inspector Kenten Trott (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“Digital policing”, with a boost in digital forensics and cybercrime investigation, is one of the priorities for a new five-year plan unveiled for the service.

Switching from paper to electronic documents, upgrading CCTV, replacing body cameras and adding dashcams to vehicles are among improvements planned.

Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley said the public would see “a greater level of visibility, attentiveness and getting it right the first time”.

Mr Corbishley acknowledged that budgeting had to factor in the new 2021 to 2026 strategic and operational plan.

“The top challenge is something faced by all public services,” he said. “We are working in a time of austerity.”

He could not give a timeline for the replacement of ageing security cameras, which he said had been damaged by the island’s climate.

Mr Corbishley said he hoped to see more reports to police from victims of “hidden crime” such as domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

Detective Inspector Kenten Trott, chairman of the police association, said the plan had the group’s full backing.

Deputy Commissioner Darrin Simons highlighted the importance of earning and keeping the community’s trust.

He added: “Some of the things we’re going to work on there are improving first contact.”

Mr Simons said police would reduce “bouncing people around within the organisation” and would work on “keeping victims better informed“.

“That’s probably the number one thing people say about us. Police responded, they did a really good job, and I’m just not sure what happened.”

He added that the public should see “a lot of police officers out there doing traffic enforcement”.

The plan lists seven “ambitions”: commitment, community and culture, wellbeing and feeling safe, success, empowerment, equality and fairness, and team and family.

Along with digital policing, the five priorities are reducing serious crime and protecting the vulnerable, boosting confidence in police, reducing harm on the roads and working in partnership with other agencies.

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Published July 16, 2021 at 7:54 am (Updated July 16, 2021 at 7:54 am)

Police to boost digital policing, treatment of victims

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