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Cablegate: Bermuda: Fbi Gang Training a Success

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DEPT FOR INL;
EUR/WE (J. MARBURG);
EUR/PPD (L. MCMANIS AND A. PIPKIN);
USUNNY/RSO (T. SEARS AND S. EMERS);
BRIDGETOWN FOR J. SYLVESTER;
NASSAU FOR R. ETZLER;
LONDON FOR R. HUBER

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SUBJECT: BERMUDA: FBI GANG TRAINING A SUCCESS

REF: A. HAMILTON 11
B. 2009 HAMILTON 149
C. 2009 HAMILTON 101

Summary

1. (SBU) The FBI and the Government of Bermuda (GOB) have
begun a partnership to address the spike in gang-related violent
crime in Bermuda, which has seen five shooting deaths in under
twelve months. FBI personnel conducted two days of gang
training on January 5-6 for sixty police and prosecutors,
assessed the gang strategy of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS),
and engaged in consultations with Governor Sir Richard Gozney
and the Minister for Labor, Home Affairs and Housing, Lt. Col.
David Burch. The FBI commended the police for effectively and
efficiently addressing the gang problem to date and for
recognizing the need for additional specialized training. The
FBI made several recommendations, including the formation of a
multi-member, government-wide task force to address the gang
problem. Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva and Minister Burch
are likely to follow up the on-Island training with visits to
gang task forces in Washington and New York at the invitation of
the FBI in the near future. End summary.

Bermuda Requests FBI Assistance

2. (SBU) In October 2009, Paul Wright, Assistant
Commissioner of Police for Serious Crime and Intelligence,
approached AMCONGEN Hamilton about how the BPS could obtain
specialized training from U.S. gang experts in order to better
address the current spike in gang-related violence in Bermuda
(REFTELS). Post's subsequent follow-up with INL and the office
of the Legal Attachi Bridgetown resulted in a two-man contingent
from the Safe Streets Gang Unit at FBI HQ traveling to Bermuda
with the LEGAT and Assistant LEGAT to provide gang training to
60 police and prosecutors and to consult with top officials.

FBI Finds that Bermuda Police are on the Right Track

3. (SBU) The FBI team met with Governor Gozney, who is
the U.K.'s representative on the Island and who has overall
control of internal security, and Minister Burch both before and
after the January 5-6 training. The Governor and Minister
thanked the FBI and AMCONGEN Hamilton for their support. In a
follow-up letter to Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva on
January 20, Legal Attachi John Sylvester commended the BPS for
being proactive in recognizing and addressing the upsurge in
gang violence and for seeking the advice and best practices of
other agencies more experienced in tackling gang violence.
Sylvester noted that the BPS is already effectively and
efficiently addressing the increase in gang violence, especially
with respect to intelligence gathering on each gang and
identification of the major leaders. "Your intelligence product
was exceptional and provided the information necessary to
immediately begin targeting specific gang leaders for arrest and
conviction. Your increased police presence in gang areas,
community policing efforts, and use of intelligence to target
individual gang members are the same techniques that have been
successfully implemented in the U.S."

FBI Recommends Government-wide Task Force

4. (SBU) The FBI made several recommendations to improve
Bermuda's response to gang violence. First, it proposed the
establishment of a coordinated, government-wide task force
involving the police, customs, immigration, probation and
parole, prisons, prosecutors and the public to obtain positive
results and decrease gang violence. In particular it noted that
immigration and corrections personnel have a large amount of
gang intelligence to be shared. Second, the FBI team said that
embedding attorneys in the task force would help ensure that
adequate evidence is collected during the investigative phase of
the case to ensure successful prosecution. Similarly, it
suggested embedding corrections personnel in the task force A)
to prepare the prisons for an increase in prisoners and problems
with housing inmates from different gangs in one prison and B)
to ensure that intelligence collected by the police is passed to
correction officials before they are incarcerated and vice
versa. In a January 21 meeting with the Consul General,
Governor Gozney stated that he expected the GOB to implement

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those recommendations. The FBI also recommended that police
notify immigration officials about individuals of interest so
that when departing/entering Bermuda, the individuals could be
subjected to more thorough investigation to gather intelligence
and to intercept guns and drugs. Finally, it recommended that
Bermuda review its legislation to make sure that it correlates
with the BPS' crime-fighting strategy. It mentioned the use of
wire taps and informants specifically. The Governor commented
that he was aware that Bermuda law enforcement would like the
legislative protection and acknowledged that currently the law
is silent on this issue.

Next Steps: Continued Cooperation between FBI and BPS and the UK

5. (SBU) We regard the January gang training as only a
first step in helping Bermuda deal with gang violence and look
forward to working in partnership with the BPS in that effort,
including a proposed visit by Minister Burch and Commissioner
DeSilva to FBI HQ for a follow-up meeting and visits with gang
task forces in Washington, DC and New York. Gozney told CONGEN
that he was very pleased with the involvement of the FBI in the
anti-gang effort and supported the FBI's recommendations. He
also noted that four retired U.K. police officers will arrive
this week to be part of the investigation team for the murders.
In addition, the Governor expressed concern that there is an
insufficient number (30-35) of BPS officers qualified to handle
firearms. To meet this need, the BPS is exploring the
possibility of bringing to the Island for six months twenty
firearms-qualified U.K. police officers to boost the
capabilities of local police.

Comment

6. (SBU) Although Bermuda is a well-developed country, it
is facing a crisis in public safety brought about by the surge
in gangs and gun-related violence. Although the BPS, with the
support of the Governor and Minister of Labor, Home Affairs and
Housing, has rallied to meet the problem, it recognized the need
for specialized assistance, which it sought and received from
the FBI. The GOB has already begun to implement some of the FBI
recommendations, and future cooperation between the two
organizations seems assured. The Consulate wants to express its
appreciation for the invaluable assistance the FBI has provided
and looks forward to continuing this partnership.
SHELTON

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