Members of the Bermuda Police Service ( BPS) were out on community patrol in the Court Street area this afternoon.
“ Court Street presents some issues for [both the BPS and the community] and we want to be more visible here,” Commissioner Stephen Corbishley said. “ 99 percent of residents in this area want the police here every day.
We would like to put a new community policing hub in a physical building on Court Street, so that community officers can engage with the public every day.”
“ The only way to truly police is to be out in the community and the only way that we can get the community to trust us is if we are next to them,” he continued.
Commissioner Corbishley assured TNN that the BPS is relentless in trying to put a stop to violent and gang-related crime on the island, but they cannot do it without help and support from the community.
However, many people are quite reluctant or afraid to share information with the Service
“ The BPS will act with integrity and it only takes a bit of information [from someone],” the Commissioner said.
“ There is a bucket-load of things [involved in preventing violent and gang-related crimes in the long-term], and Bermuda is doing a very good job and the BPS has gotten a lot of help from the gang violence reduction team and other partner agencies,” he said.
“ We have got to continue [this good work], but we have to also be innovative by working with the community. That is what the Service is keen to do.”
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