The Bermuda National Security Council. *Photo supplied
The Bermuda National Security Council. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28: Bermuda’s gang problem and witness protection were among the topics discussed at the first meeting of the National Security Council today.

The Council is co-chaired by Premier Paula Cox and Governor Sir Richard Gozney.

The Governor told a press conference afterwards that the council had talked about a range of topics affecting Bermuda.

He added: “Amongst the topics were gangs in Bermuda and that led into recent concerns about security at and in football matches.

“We also spoke about the recent concern there is about the armed burglaries that have been reported in the media.

“We also looked at the question of witness protection and how good protection has been important in quite a series of the recent trials.”

The Governor did not go into further detail about the topics of conversation.

Premier Cox said the Council brought together the island’s key decision makers in law and order.

She added: “We want to make sure we benefit the people of Bermuda. There has been a healthy discussion today and we have set the date for our next meeting.”

Responding to questions Ms Cox maintained that Bermuda was not in a state of crisis.

But she added: “A crisis would suggest we did not have a plan.

“We want to make sure we have everyone in a room on a regular basis and further support the role of the Bermuda Police Service and the Ministers.”

The first meeting of the Council was held at the Cabinet Chambers this afternoon and was attended by Attorney General Kim Wilson, National Security Minister, Wayne Perinchief and police chiefs Deputy Commissioner Michael Jackman and Commissioner Dave Mirfield.

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Gonsalves and other prominent public figures were also in attendance.