News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels and Detective Chief Inspector Derricka Burns are currently in attendance at the 2024 Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Conference at the UK’s College of Policing in Ryton.

The key focus of the conference is geared towards training and supporting law enforcement in enhancing VAWG investigations, in an effort to improve outcomes for victims.

Assistant Commissioner Daniels stated: “There is an abundance of data across western societies that demonstrates domestic abuse has reached epidemic proportions, and should be approached with the same vigour as serious threats such as terrorism, gangs, guns and sexual abuse, due to domestic abuse’s impact on society being just as destructive.

Notwithstanding today’s increased demands on policing, due to a number of key factors such as austerity, reduced staffing levels, globalisation, and the overall complexity of crime, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) remains committed to protecting our community.”

Detective Chief Inspector Burns added: “The UK’s approach to tackling domestic abuse through a comprehensive framework that is victim centred, suspect focused and context led is critical to achieving more effective law enforcement intervention for domestic abuse incidents reported locally.

The BPS will learn lessons from this approach by continuing to follow best practice, providing training and support for its frontline officers, in addition to working closely with our key partners, as well as relevant stakeholders, to tackle domestic abuse.”