Does Bermuda have one of the highest road-death by head of population in the world and of these, just how many result from the involvement of the police – see ‘collisions‘.  Possibly the constabulary needs to consider their purpose … in 1829 the first commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London, Sir Richard Mayne, said

“The primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of crime: the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed.  To these ends all the efforts by police must be directed.  The protection of life and property, the preservation of public tranquillity, and the absence of crime will alone prove whether those efforts have been successful and whether the objects for which the police were appointed have been attained”.

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