Thursday 2 July, 2020

20 guns taken off St James streets under the state of emergency

The security forces are reporting that 20 firearms have been taken off the streets of St James since the state of public emergency was declared in the parish on January 18.

The latest success came on Wednesday when the security forces recovered a handgun in Rose Heights.

No one was arrested in connection with the recovery.

According to Acting Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) commander for the state of public emergency in St James, the security forces remain relentless in their pursuit of illegal guns in the parish.

"Efforts continue to find illegal guns. So far we have found 20 illegal guns. The last one was yesterday (Wednesday), and we continue. We are not going to cease, we are bent on finding all of them," ACP Powell stated during a stakeholders’ meeting at the Freeport Police Station on Thursday evening.

He appealed to members of the public to pass on any information they might have on where illegal guns are hidden.

"We are appealing to members of the public in the wider community, to tell what you know. I believe the confidence is building, the trust is building; there is now a lot of co-operation, and I believe that as we go along, we'll be able to find more guns," ACP Powell stated.

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