The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) rolled out a “robust” policing plan just ahead of the Cup Match holiday weekend, promising high visibility patrols to cover a number of events taking place.

According to Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard, the BPS “will be partnering with the Bermuda Reserve Police (BRP) and the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR).

“There will be a robust police presence throughout the island,” he said.

“There are two intents for this. The first is to discourage those members of our community that might seek to disrupt our holiday with acts of anti-social behaviour or criminality.

“The second is to continue applying the objectives of our Road Safety Strategy which include reducing road traffic collisions in all areas from damage only to injury to fatalities; combating anti-social road use and reducing incidents of impaired driving.”

To apply these objectives, the senior officer said: “Th BPS will engage those persons within the motoring public at all levels from merely having a presence to issuing of motorist advice notices (warnings) to enforcement by tickets and/or arrest based on relevant legislation.

“The intent is to influence driver behaviour, making the roads safer for all of us as we travel to the many events planned,” he added.

“We will ensure a proportionate policing response to the multiple major events taking place over the four days.”

Overall, he said: “The expectation is to have fun, enjoy the holiday but be responsible.”

But he said: “It is our collective responsibility to make Bermuda safer.”

On the number of spectators expected to attend the Annual Cup Match Classic set get underway at 10am on Thursday (July 28), he said: “We are expecting a few thousand people over the two days.

“Police presence will be high at this event. We will be working in partnership with the Somerset Cricket Club, the BRP and a private security company who will be providing CCTV coverage throughout the grounds.”

There will also be a “visible presence on the water”, through the RBR Coastguard.

“I would like to remind the boating public to ensure that their vessels are registered; that a current decal is prominently displayed on the starboard side of the vessel; that they ensure that all required safety equipment is on board; that they are carrying enough fuel for the intended journey,” said Mr Howard.

“It is also recommended that they file a float plan if they intend to go offshore.”

Now that it is Cup Match time in Bermuda, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, he wished “the entire community a pleasant, enjoyable and safe Cup Match Weekend”.

“And I look forward to seeing many of you at some of the events taking place,” said Mr Howard.

He also noted that Cup Match “is a time to reflect, remember and celebrate Emancipation Day and Mary Prince Day, and who we are as a community”.