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Premier gives a big thank you to police

The Premier takes his place among a select group of law enforcement officers. From left, Insp Charlemagne, Sgt Harewood, Det Sgt Bhagwan, Pc Butterfield, Michael Dunkley, Pc Gobay, Det Con Neblett

Michael Dunkley expressed his support for the Island’s police today, telling the Bermuda Police Association that its efforts have been “invaluable”.

Speaking during the association’s annual general meeting, the Premier and Minister for National Security, said: “Policing has always been challenging, but since 2009 and the increase in gun violence, a new dimension has been introduced to policing.

“The causes of the violence and antisocial behaviour are varied, but the important task of enforcement is the responsibility of one agency and we have no qualms in turning to you, the men and women of the Bermuda Police Service [BPS].

“This Government fully supports strong enforcement and supports the BPS in the proper execution of its duty.”

The Premier noted economic challenges and other issues facing the community, emphasising the importance of continuing to engage the community.

“We must salute the community spirit and focus of the BPS because policing cannot be done in a vacuum,” he said. “All across the Island, your good work on a community level is evident and much appreciated. This must continue if we are to win the fight to lure young people in particular away from the gang lifestyle.

“The Gang Resistance Educational and Training programme is a perfect example of your efforts to engage our young people and show them that there are viable alternatives to a lifestyle of antisocial behaviour.”