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Bermuda Police Service Unveils Policing Plan for National Heroes’ Day Holiday Weekend

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As the National Heroes’ Day holiday weekend approaches, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) unveils its comprehensive policing plan to ensure public safety amidst anticipated carnival festivities and social gatherings. Acting Superintendent Alexander Rollin of the Community Policing Division outlined the strategic measures aimed at maintaining order and minimizing disruptions during the celebratory period.

The holiday weekend, spanning from Wednesday, June 12th to Monday, June 17th, 2024, promises a flurry of carnival-type activities across the island. Key events include J’ouvert, also known as JAM 2024, scheduled from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17th, followed by Revel de Road commencing at 12:00 noon on the same day.

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J’ouvert festivities will commence at Bernard’s Park, featuring a vibrant procession through designated routes, including Dutton Avenue, Marsh Folly Road, Cedar Avenue, and Angle Street, before concluding at Bernard’s Park. The Corporation of Hamilton and the Ministry of Public Works have authorized road closures to facilitate the smooth conduct of the event.

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Revel de Road, a highlight of the holiday celebrations, will kick off at Dutton Avenue, leading participants through an elaborate route encompassing North Street, Cedar Avenue, Marsh Folly Road, Palmetto Road, North Shore Road, Black Watch Pass, and back to Marsh Folly Road. Each lap of the procession is estimated to take approximately two hours, necessitating traffic diversions and patience from motorists.

In light of the anticipated traffic disruptions and large crowds, the BPS emphasizes its commitment to maintaining high visibility throughout the events. Public cooperation is urged to deter criminal activities and ensure a safe environment for all attendees. Noise levels will also be monitored, with the BPS prepared to address any noise-related complaints promptly.

Attendees are advised to travel in groups, avoid isolated areas when parking, and inform others of their whereabouts. Boaters are reminded to file a float plan, refrain from alcohol consumption while operating watercraft, and adhere to safety protocols. Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints will be in effect to enforce traffic laws, including impaired driving offenses.

Superintendent Rollin extends well wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend to residents and visitors alike, emphasizing the importance of responsible conduct amidst the festivities. With enhanced patrols and proactive measures in place, the BPS remains steadfast in its mission to uphold public safety and ensure a memorable celebration of National Heroes’ Day.

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