Public asked to avoid visiting police stations due to Covid spike
The public is being asked to avoid visiting police stations “unless absolutely necessary” due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.
Martin Weekes, Assistant Commissioner of Police, said: “Exceptions include victims of abuse attending a police station to make a report or receive assistance and individuals on bail – who are still required to report to a police station as specified in their bail conditions.
“In all other cases, residents are encouraged to call 211 or use the BPS community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm – keeping 911 for emergency calls only.”
If a person has to make an in person report at a police station, they are being urged to observe proper safety practices in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines - wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser facility upon entering the station and practice physical distancing.
If the situation warrants that an officer comes to a home, people are urged to inform the officer you speak with on the phone, whether:
* Any occupant has been diagnosed as having COVID-19.
* Any occupant has recently returned from overseas travel.
* Any occupant has displayed symptoms of cold or flu.
Mr Weekes added: “Officers responding to calls, will, in the interest of public and personal safety, maintain a safe social distance during questioning or recording of information. This is for the good of both you and the officer.
“Let’s all work together to ensure each other’s safety and reduce the spread of Covid-19.”