Heavy police presence expected over Bermuda Day Holiday Weekend

Superintendent Dennis Astwood – “The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), in collaboration with the Bermuda Reserve Police, is committed to ensuring a peaceful and safe environment for all during this year’s Bermuda Day holiday festivities, encompassing Friday’s morning races and afternoon parade.

As part of our ongoing efforts to uphold public safety, we wish to communicate key aspects of our policing plan to the community.

Enhanced Police Presence: Expect a heightened police presence throughout Bermuda Day, Friday, 24th May 2024 and the weekend. Our officers will be actively engaged in conducting roadside sobriety checks and implementing appropriate stop and search initiatives at various locations, to promote responsible behaviour and deter any potential threats to safety.

High Visibility Patrols: To mitigate instances of violence and anti-social behaviour, there will be an increase in police presence and high visibility patrols across the island.

Community Engagement: We urge the public to remain vigilant and proactive in reporting any suspicious activities. Should you observe anything of concern, please promptly contact 211 or dial 911 in case of emergencies. If you see something, say something.

Bermuda Day Races: The Sinclair Packwood Memorial Bicycle Race will kick off at 8:20 a.m. in Somerset, followed by the Junior Bermuda Bicycle Association race starting on Harbour Road (Red Hole). These races conclude on Cedar Avenue (near to the junction with Dundonald Street). At 8:30 a.m. the Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby will commence in Somerset, followed by the Junior and Senior running races beginning on Front Street, City of Hamilton. These races conclude on Court Street (near to the junction with Dundonald Street).

Road Closures and Traffic Management: Roads along the race routes will close at 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Motorists travelling in the west end, especially those with morning flights, are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid disruptions. Road closures will remain in effect until approximately 12:30 p.m. Detours and delays are to be expected, with detailed information available on the Government of Bermuda’s official website, as well as the Corporation of Hamilton.

Bermuda Day Parade: The Bermuda Day Parade, commencing at 1:30 p.m., promises a vibrant display of culture and community spirit. Spectators are reminded to refrain from obstructing parade participants and to adhere to instructions provided by officers of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, who will be assisting with crowd management along the parade route.

Parking and Traffic Regulations: Designated no-parking areas will be clearly marked, and specific road closure times will be outlined in official gazetted notices. Once road closures are in effect in the City of Hamilton, vehicle movement will be restricted until the conclusion of the parade.

Your cooperation and adherence to these guidelines are crucial in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all participants and spectators during Bermuda Day celebrations.

Similarly, the BPS encourages responsible behaviour throughout this holiday weekend, whether on land or out on the water.

Let us join hands in fostering a harmonious and memorable occasion for our community.”

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