Police in high gear for cup match 2023 says Acting Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph

This is an exciting time of the year for Bermuda, where we celebrate Emancipation Day and Mary Prince Day with our friends, family and loved ones.

The purpose of this press conference concerns how the Bermuda Police Service plans to make this weekend safer for everyone.

The Bermuda Police Service wishes to take this opportunity to advise the general public on our plans that will be implemented to achieve this.

Cup Match Classic

This year’s Cup Match Classic will be held in St. George’s on Thursday 3rd August and Friday 4th August, 2023, between the Somerset and St. George’s Cricket Clubs.

The Bermuda Police Service, working in partnership with the management of St. George’s Cricket Club, the Bermuda Reserve Police, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, St. John’s Ambulance and other stakeholders, will have a strong presence at the venue on both days, to ensure that a safe environment is promoted for all.

Co-located in the Joint Agency Command Centre (JACC), as in previous years, we will be prepared to respond to any calls for service in a proportionate and appropriate manner.

Horseshoe Beach

Similarly, and in particular, on Thursday 3rd August, 2023, the Bermuda Police Service, working in conjunction with Parks Department and other relevant stakeholders, will provide a robust presence at Horseshoe Beach.

We have traditionally seen an uptick in attendance to this location on the Thursday of the long weekend. We also intend to utilise a drone to monitor and direct police response to calls for service.

Our presence at these locations are necessary to discourage those members of our community who may seek to disrupt the weekend’s festivities with acts of violence or anti-social behaviour.

Road Safety

In keeping with the road safety strategy to reduce road traffic collisions on our roads, the Bermuda Police Service supported by our Police Reserves, will conduct high visibility patrols island wide, and will man a number of roadside sobriety checkpoints throughout the island.

It is our intention to engage the motoring public in the form of visible presence, issuing motorist advisory notices, moving violation tickets; and to arrest where it is legal, necessary and appropriate to do so. These types of engagements are necessary to calm our roads, deter drunk and dangerous driving and make the roads safer for all of us.

Marine Safety

In addition, the Bermuda Police Service and Reserve officers will work alongside our partners at the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coastguard, to ensure that a strong and visible presence is evident on our waters.

We ask that sea goers ensure that their vessels are registered, that all necessary operating and safety equipment is on board, and that they have sufficient fuel for their journey.

Please let someone know when you intend to leave and when you expect to return. It is also recommended that a float plan is filed with Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, on VHF channel 27, if heading offshore.

Enjoy Safely & Responsibly

Our advice to you is to have fun, but have fun in a safe and responsible manner. Be considerate to other persons and drink responsibly.

In closing, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police and his Senior Leadership Team, we wish each and every one of you a Happy Cup Match that is safe and enjoyable.”

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