Police out in force for holiday weekend
An extra 50 police officers will be deployed over the Bermuda Day holiday, it was revealed today.
Wayne Caines, the national security minister, said officers will use their powers to stop and search in a bid to ensure a safe weekend,
He added: “They will be at the ready in the event that their services are needed, should any tense situations arise.”
Mr Caines said: “I wish to reassure the public that this government takes the safety and protection of all its citizens extremely seriously.
“We will not have our national holiday marred by the actions of those who seek to instil fear and mayhem in our community. We will not tolerate any anti social behaviour and bad actors will be held to account.”
Mr Caines was speaking at a joint press conference with police Superintendent Darrin Simons to outline security measures for the three-day holiday.
Mr Simons said officers would be out in force on land and on the water to keep the peace.
Mr Caines highlighted recent violent acts, including a shot fired through a window at a Front Street bar earlier this month, that had disturbed the relative peace of the last six months.
He said he had met Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva to discuss manpower and deployment since the incident.
Mr Simons, a gold firearms incident commander, added the public should expect to see more police on the streets, extra patrols and use of stop and search powers.
The Gang Violence Reduction team will also help with police operations.
Mr Simons told the public: “Acts of anti social behaviour will not be tolerated — if you see something say something. 295-0011 or if it's an emergency dial 911.”
Mr Simons added that people should take extra care on the roads and the water.
He said road users should allow extra time for travel due to traffic delays connected with weekend events.
Mr Caines added: “Bermuda Day is a time to come together as a community and celebrate one another.
“It's about embracing our unique heritage with family, friends and the special people we meet throughout the day.
“We want to uphold and celebrate these traditions without the concern of violence or antisocial behaviour.
“Bermuda has enjoyed a relatively peaceful period for six months, and this Government will do its part to maintain a level of peace, safety and security for all who reside in this island.”